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CRY BABY BROADWAY REVIEWS
Opening Night: April 24, 2008
NY DAILY NEWS
Synopsis: Baltimore, 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the coolest boy in town. He's a bad boy with a good cause — truth, justice and the pursuit of rock 'n' roll. When he falls for a good girl who wants to be bad, her charm-school world of bobby sox and barbershop quartets will never be the same. Wayward youth, juvenile delinquents, sexual repression, cool music, dirty lyrics, bizarre rejects…Finally, the '50s come to life!
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:
""Brace yourself for a shock, gentle theatergoer. There’s no delicate way of putting this. Cry-Baby, the latest Broadway musical based on a John Waters movie, is ... tasteless." "
""Cry-Baby, which opened last night at the Marquis Theatre, is pleasantly demented and - deep in the sweet darkness of its loopy heart - more true to the cheerful subversion of a John Waters movie than its sentimental big sister Hairspray.""
""As the title character memorably told his good-girl-gone-bad sweetheart in John Waters' 1990 movie, "You got it, Allison. You got it raw." But one problem for Cry-Baby was that the underground trashmeister's rebel rawness was diluted into benign, kitschy satire in his attempt to follow Hairspray with a further step toward the mainstream. So it's perhaps not surprising that watered-down Waters has yielded a flavorless Broadway musical that revels in its down-and-dirtiness yet remains stubbornly synthetic.""
""Some musicals have high ideals and aspirations. Some even have something profound to say. Cry-Baby isn't one of them. The show, which opened last night at the Marquis Theatre, aims simply to be trashy good fun. It hits the mark about half the time, whenever the show is dancing.""
""As of 8pm, we had high hopes for Cry-Baby, In the overture, the band sang to the crowd to shut its cellphones off. But when we heard the awful lyric "It's a beautiful day for an anti-polio picnic" at 8:02 pm, we got worried. By 10 pm it was official: Cry-Baby had completely failed to knock our bobby socks off.""
""If you're somehow unaware that today's Broadway producers are ravenous to adapt every movie ever made into a musical comedy, you might wonder why any clear-headed person would think John Waters' mediocre 1990 movie musical Cry-Baby had much potential to knock the Great White Way on its Tin-Pan-Alley ear. And while it turns out the reasons are many -- from the success of another Waters-based musical, Hairspray, a plotline reminiscent of another Broadway warhorse, Grease, and the presence of an Elvis Presley-like hero -- those rationales ultimately don't add up to making Cry-Baby a musical truly worth anyone's precious time.""
""You want funny? I'll give you funny, or at least tell you where to find it: Cry-Baby, the new John Waters musical, is campy, cynical, totally insincere and fabulously well crafted. And funny. Madly, outrageously funny. It is, in fact, the funniest new musical since Avenue Q, give or take The Drowsy Chaperone. If laughter is the best medicine, then Cry-Baby is the whole damn drugstore.""
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