Thursday, September 27, 2007

Giving Birth To Cry-Baby

Giving Birth To Cry-Baby

Director Mark Brokaw knows a thing or two about birthing shows. And this November, he'll help bring the brand spanking new Cry-Baby to life at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse.

Based on the 1990 John Waters flick, the Rialto-bound Cry-Baby has a pretty impressive pedigree. For starters, in addition to Brokaw, one of my fave Broadway babies is on board: Tony winning actress Harriet Harris, who'll make this her second Great White Way outing this theatrical season (she replaces Jan Maxwell). Opposite Harris will be James Snyder in the title role. Also in the cast is a terrific talent named Carly Jibson, whom I first saw as Tracy Turnblad in the touring production of that other Waters-inspired musical Hairspray.

Cry-Baby's book comes from two grown men who certainly know their way around Waters' material: the estimable Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers) and Mark O'Donnell, the same duo who wrote the libretto for Hairspray. Choreography will be provided Rob Ashford, whose fine work is much in demand on both sides of the Atlantic these days. Broadway novices David Javerbaum (writer for Comedy Central's "The Daily Show") and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) are writing the score.

Cry-Baby will be born on November 6 at La Jolla Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre. It's expected to reach Broadway in March with an April opening.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 27 September, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harriet Harris is a superb comedian and will probably steal every scene she's in.

At 27 September, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

She's also an amazing dramatic actress, too. I can't wait to see this show.


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