Cast Announced for Cry-Baby at The Hayes

Cast Announced for Cry-Baby at The Hayes

Producer LPD in association with Hayes Theatre Co has announced several of the cast members for the upcoming Australian Premiere of the rockabilly musical, Cry-Baby. Playing at Hayes Theatre Co from 20 July, Cry-Baby is based on the 1990 cult-classic John Waters film of the same name, which starred Johnny Depp.

The title role of Cry Baby, the leader of the gang known as the 'Drapes', will be played by Christian Charisiou who has featured in Rake and Griffin Theatre Company’s The Witches. Laura Murphy (Muriel’s Wedding, Grease) will play Lenora, who desperately wants to be a Drape as she is in love with Cry Baby, while Joel Granger (Brigadoon, Dogfight) plays Baldwin, Allison's boyfriend, an enthusiastic square. In the role of Mrs Vernon Williams, Allison's protective Grandmother, will be Beth Daly (Grey Gardens, Fiddler on the Roof), while Alfie Gledhill(Griffin’s Replay) is Dupree, Cry Baby's best friend, and Sarah Murr (Les Misérables, A Little Night Music) is Hatchet Face, a Drape who many others fear. Pepper, Cry Baby's tough sister, will be played by Bronte Florian (Kinky Boots, High Fidelity) and Wanda, a Drape who just wants to be Jane Mansfield, will be Amy Hack (Romeo and Juliet). The ensemble includes Hayden Baum (Cats), Aaron Gobby (Chimerica) and Ksenia Zofi (Peter Pan & Tinker Bell).

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 centre 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 girl. 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.

Featuring a book from the writer of Hairspray and a score including titles such as “Can I Kiss You With Tongue?” and “Sucks to be a Square”, Cry-Baby is a one off, wacky, strange and endearing musical.

Director Alexander Berlage says, ““We are thrilled with our incredible and hilariously bonkers cast for this Australian Premiere of Cry-Baby The Musical. We are stoked to have a such exciting group of performers assembled to bring the musical adaption of John Water's rip-roaring, satirical comedy about paranoia, bigotry and the irrational fear of ‘the other’ to the stage.”]

Photographer: Robert Catto.


Director                                             Alexander Berlage

Choreographer                               Cameron Mitchell

Musical Director                              Nicholas Griffin

Set Designer                                     Isabel Hudson

Costume Designer                           Mason Browne

Associate Lighting Designer          Veronique Bennett



Venue:                 Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point

Season:                From 20 July 2018

Times:                  Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sat & Sun 2pm

Price:                    $69 Adult, $64 Concession and Early Bird Special, $59 Preview, $54 Preview Concession

Bookings:   | (02) 8065 7337

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