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Cry-Baby to open at the Marquis Theatre

The new musical comedy Cry Baby, based on the John Waters' film of the same name, will open at the Marquis Theatre on 24 Apr 2008, following previews from 15 Mar 2008.

The musical will star James Snyder in the title role of Cry Baby, Harriet Harris as Mrs. Vernon-Williams and Elizabeth Stanley as 'Allison'. The three originated the roles in the musical's world-premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, from 6 Nov - 16 Dec 2007.

The musical will also feature Chester Gregory II (Dupree), Christopher Hanke (Baldwin), Carly Jibson (Pepper), Alli Mauzey (Lenora) and Richard Poe (Judge Stone), who also originated their roles in the La Jolla Playhouse production.

The ensemble features Cameron Adams, Ashley Amber, Nick Blaemire, Michael Buchanan, Eric Christian, Colin Cunliffe, Joanna Glushak, Michael D. Jablonski, Marty Lawson, Spencer Liff, Courtney Laine Mazza, Mayumi Miguel, Torry Ross, Eric Sciotto, Peter Matthew Smith, Allison Spratt, Charlie Sutton and Stacey Todd Holt.

New-comer James Snyder (Cry-Baby) is making his Broadway debut in the musical. His stage credits include Los Angeles runs of 'The Fantasticks' and 'Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes. Film credits: 'She's the Man,' 'Pretty Persuasion,' and the forthcoming 'An American in China.'

Harriet Harris (Mrs. Vernon-Williams) last appeared on Broadway as Mildred 'Millie' Drake in 'Old Acquaintance' (2007 revival). Her other Broadway credits include 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' (2002) for which she won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, 'The Man Who Came to Dinner' (2000 revival) and 'Four Baboons Adoring the Sun' (1992). Harris is known to TV audiences for her recurring role as conniving agent 'Bebe Glazer' in the comedy series 'Frasier.'

Elizabeth Stanley (Allison) made her Broadway debut as April in 'Company' (2006 revival).

Cry Baby has book by Mark O�Donnell and Thomas Meehan, lyrics and music by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger, and is directed by Mark Brokaw with choreography by Rob Ashford.

It's Baltimore in 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes Communism and Wade �Cry Baby� Walker is the baddest boy in town. He's a rebel with a cause � truth, justice and the pursuit of rock 'n' roll � and when he falls for a good girl, his square little suburb rocks around the clock.

Cry Baby is the second John Waters' film to be adapted for the stage as a musical comedy, the first being the 2003 Tony Award winning Best Musical Hairspray

The creative team comprises Scott Pask (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Howell Binkley (lighting) and Peter Hylenski (sound).

The new musical is being produced on Broadway by Adam Epstein (Hairspray).

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