On Thursday night, I had the pleasure of seeing a new Broadway show (debuting in April, currently in previews) that is destined to be a BIG hit. Cry Baby is the latest stage offering based on a John Waters film (the genius who brought us Hairspray), and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The songs were irreverant and funny–a bit more adult-themed than Hairspray–and the cast really threw themselves into their roles. The story isn’t exactly original: boy from the wrong side of the tracks meets prim and proper girl from a wealthy family, they fall in love, and chaos ensues as their friends and family try to keep them apart. Still, the execution of this well-worn theme was kept upbeat and tongue-in-cheek, and of course, it all ends happily for everyone (as evidenced by the final song, “Nothing Bad’s Ever Gonna Happen Again.”)
Alli Mauzey stole the show as Lenora, the crazy stalker chick who hears voices and pursues the leather-jacketed Cry-Baby. Her solo, “Screw Loose,” was an endearing ode to insanity, and one of the highlights of the show for me. Other fun songs: “Girl, Can I Kiss You with Tongue?” and “I’m Infected.”
Tickets for the previews cost $54 apiece (since the play is set in 1954), with rear mezzanine tickets going for only $35. Definitely a great night out!
James Snyder as Cry Baby and Elizabeth Stanley as Allison