1950s Baltimore, the conservative squares face off against the leather-clad delinquents in this rockabilly musical based on John Waters' cult film.



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1950s Baltimore, the conservative squares face off against the leather-clad delinquents in this rockabilly musical based on John Waters’ cult film.


This licensed version is based on the Original 2008 Broadway Production for the secondary licensing market. This orchestration was completed in 2015 for the Cast Recording release.

In this version, the orchestration was greatly reduced compared to the original Broadway production as you can see from the players below. There is just a single Piano/Keyboard book for this version and it is designed for the MD to play and conduct. It does require an advanced player and stylistically is a mix of rockabilly and traditional musical theater.


Book by: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music & Lyrics by: David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger
Based on the Universal Pictures film written and directed by: John Waters
Musical Director: Lynne Shankel
Incidental music by: Lynne Shankel
Music arranged by: Lynne Shankel
Music orchestrated by: Christopher Jahnke
Dance Music Arranged by: David Chase
Music Producer: Steven M. Gold

Conducted by: Lynne Shankel
Associate Conductor: Henry Aronson
Keyboard 1: Lynne Shankel
Keyboard 2/Accordion: Henry Aronson
Guitar 1 (Electric/Acoustic/Harmonica/Banjo/Lap steel guitar): John Benthal
Guitar 2 (Electric/Acoustic/Ukelele/Mandolin): Chris Biesterfeldt
Violin 1/Mandolin: Cenovia Cummins
Violin 2/Mandolin: Maxim Moston
Violin/Viola: Orlando Wells
Cello: Sarah Seiver
Acoustic & electric bass: Steve Count
Drums/Percussion: Frank Pagano
Reed 1 (Tenor sax/Clarinet/Flute/Piccolo): Scott Kreitzer
Reed 2 (Alto sax/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Flute): Clifford Lyons
Reed 3 (Baritone sax/Bass Clarinet/Clarinet/Flute/ Bassoon): Roger Rosenberg
Trumpet/Flugelhorn: Brian O’Flaherty
Trombone/Bass Trombone/Tuba: Dan Levine
Percussion/Latin/Mallets/Toys/Timpani: Joe Mowatt
Musical Coordinator: John Miller
Music Copying: Kaye-Houston Music


This jumping, jiving Tony nominee is a rebellious teen comedy event! Based on the cult classic, 1990 John Waters film, Cry-Baby features a delightfully demented book from the writers of Hairspray and a rockabilly score from the co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and the executive producer of “The Daily Show.”

It’s 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He’s a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice and the pursuit of rock and roll. Cry-Baby and the square rich girl, Allison, are star-crossed lovers at the center of this world. Fueled by hormones and the new rhythms of rock and roll, she turns her back on her squeaky clean boyfriend, Baldwin, to become a “drape” (a Baltimore juvenile delinquent) and Cry-Baby’s moll. At the other end of the topsy-turvy moral meritocracy of 1954 America, Baldwin is the king of the squares and leads his close-harmony pals against the juvenile delinquents, who are ultimately arrested for arson, sending the drapes all off to prison. It’s Romeo and Juliet meets High School Hellcats.


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