Revving up for Broadway

John Waters' second musical, `Cry-Baby,' opens Thursday in New York

April 20, 2008|By Mary Carole McCauley | Mary Carole McCauley,Sun Theater Critic

It all started with a bit of hero worship. Little Johnny Waters was mesmerized by the teenage neighbor with the defiant pompadour. This rebel on a motorcycle inspired a cult classic film starring Johnny Depp. But, it didn't stop there.

Now, Cry-Baby is headed for Broadway, after a solid year of adding and subtracting dance numbers and characters and songs, of rhyming and re-rhyming and memorizing dialogue and throwing it out, of ceaseless tweaking and second-guessing.

`Cry-Baby' on Broadway Opens Thursday at the Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway, New York. $35-$250. www.crybabyonbroadway.com or 800-755-4000.

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