John Waters's Cry-Baby to follow Hairspray to Broadway

BY Advocate.com Editors

July 25 2003 11:00 PM ET

Variety reports that a second movie from out director John Waters is getting the Broadway musical treatment. On the heels of the Tony-winning smash Hairspray, Waters's 1990 comedy Cry-Baby is heading for the Great White Way under the auspices of movie producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind). Grazer will coproduce the show with Hairspray veterans Adam Epstein, Allan Gordon, and Elan McAllister. No word yet on who will write the book or the music.

Cry-Baby, which Grazer produced for the big screen, tells the story of a 1950s good girl who falls in love with a rockabilly singer from the wrong side of the tracks. A director's cut of the film is headed for DVD. "Hairspray was a story about race; Cry-Baby is a story about class," Waters told Variety. "The only thing I will insist on, as I did with Hairspray, is that I be the Grease police. This can't be Grease; it happened way before. The period is pre-Elvis, and the music was rockabilly. It is strong and it is sexy."

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