New Line Theatre Announces Casting for Regional Premiere of Rock Musical "Cry-Baby"

New Line Theatre, "the Bad Boy of Musical Theatre," will continue its 21st season of rowdy, adult musical theatre March 1-24, 2012 with the American regional premiere of the Broadway rock musical Cry-Baby, which The Wall Street Journal called "the funniest new musical since Avenue Q."

Saint Louis, MO, November 10, 2011 --( Cry-Baby the Broadway musical is based on the cult classic John Waters film starring Johnny Depp. The original creative team is reworking and re-orchestrating the show for New Line Theatre, to make it a smaller, more intimate musical for this first production since Broadway.

The New Line cast includes...
Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker -- Ryan Foizey
Allison Vernon-Williams -- Taylor Pietz
Mrs. Vernon-Williams -- Cindy Duggan
Baldwin -- Mike Dowdy
Pepper Walker -- Marcy Wiegert
Wanda Woodward -- Jeanitta Perkins
Mona "Hatchet-Face" Malnorowski -- Sarah Porter
DuPre -- Ari Scott
Lenora Frigid -- Terrie Carolan
The Whiffles -- Evan Fornachon, Devon Norris, Christopher Strawhun
Judge Stone -- Joel Hackbarth
Everyone Else -- Zachary Allen Farmer
Square Girls/Drape Girls -- Courtney Brown, Alexandra Taylor

The show will be directed by Scott Miller and choreographed by Robin Michelle Berger.

Cry-Baby has a score by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger, and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. O'Donnell and Meehan also adapted John Waters' Hairspray for the musical stage. Cry-Baby focuses on teenager Allison Vernon-Williams in 1954 Baltimore, right at the birth of rock and roll, who wanders across the tracks from her square boyfriend and finishing-school life into a relationship with the orphaned Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker, the leader of a pack of "bad kids." The musical premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego in November 2007 and opened on Broadway in April 2008. It was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Choreography. It was also nominated for Best Musical by the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle Awards.

New Line Theatre is a professional company dedicated to involving the people of the St. Louis region in the exploration and creation of daring, provocative, socially and politically relevant works of musical theatre. New Line Theatre was created in 1991 at the vanguard of a new wave of nonprofit musical theatre just starting to take hold across the country. New Line has given birth to several world premiere musicals over the years and has brought back to life many shows that did not do well in their original New York productions. Altogether, New Line has produced 63 musicals and 5 concerts of theatre songs since 1991. New Line Theatre was recently given its own entry in the latest edition of the prestigious Cambridge Guide to American Theatre.

New Line receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council.

Cry-Baby runs March 1-24, 2012, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, at 8:00 p.m., at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (formerly CBC High School), 6501 Clayton Road, just east of Big Bend. March 1 is a preview. Tickets are on sale now through all Metrotix outlets, including the Fox Theatre and the Edison Theatre at Washington University, or by calling 314-534-1111. This show contains adult content. All programs are subject to change.

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Scott Miller