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Music Theatre International Secures Rights to Cry-Baby

The short-lived Broadway musical will also release a cast album seven years after its run.

James Snyder and Alli Mauzey in the 2008 Broadway production of Cry-Baby.
(© Joan Marcus)

Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has secured worldwide licensing rights to the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Cry-Baby.

The musical features a Tony-nominated score by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger and a Tony-nominated book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Based on the Universal Pictures film written and directed by John Waters, it tells the story of Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker, the baddest man in 1954 Baltimore, who falls for local good girl Allison.

Cry-Baby premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego in November of 2007 and officially opened on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre in April of 2008, where it ran for 68 performances. The production was directed by Mark Brokaw with choreography by Rob Ashford.

"We jumped at the opportunity to represent Cry-Baby," said Drew Cohen, president of MTI Worldwide. "John Waters' hilarious and offbeat film gets a fantastic musical treatment from the same Tony award-winning team that brought us Hairspray. This is a high-energy show filled with unforgettable songs and a truly unique and fresh story."

Last month, it was also announced that the musical will receive a cast album, featuring most of the original company, to be released this fall on the Broadway Records label. The Broadway production starred James Snyder in the title role, alongside Elizabeth Stanley as Allison, Alli Mauzey as Lenora, Christopher J. Hanke as Baldwin, Chester Gregory II as Dupree, Harriet Harris as Mrs. Vernon-Williams, and Richard Poe as Judge Stone.