Cry-Baby Musical Available for Licensing | Playbill

News Cry-Baby Musical Available for Licensing Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has secured worldwide licensing rights to Broadway's Tony-nominated musical Cry-Baby, which is based on the John Waters film of the same name.

Cry-Baby features music and lyrics by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger with a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan.

“We jumped at the opportunity to represent Cry-Baby,” stated 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.”

James Snyder and Elizabeth Stanley Photo by Joan Marcus

The show, according to press notes, "focuses on straitlaced Baltimore teenager Allison Vernon-Williams, who is drawn across the tracks from her 1954 finishing-school background into a relationship with the orphaned Wade 'Cry-Baby' Walker, the leader of a pack of rebel outcasts. The conservative squares face off against the leather-clad delinquents and the whole town endeavors to keep them apart."

The musical premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego in November 2007 and officially opened on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre in April 2008. It was directed by Mark Brokaw with choreography by Rob Ashford and received four 2008 Tony Award nominations: for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score Written for the Theatre and Best Choreography.

The original Broadway cast recording of Cry-Baby will be released digitally Sept. 25 and in stores Oct. 9 by Broadway Records featuring most of the original Broadway company, including James Snyder, Elizabeth Stanley, Alli Mauzey, Harriet Harris, Chester Gregory II and Christopher J. Hanke.

For more information about MTI and licensing, call (212) 541-4684 or email [email protected].

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