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Cry-Baby The Musical

Based on the cult-classic 1990 John Waters film, Cry-Baby The Musical boasts a hilariously absurd book from the writer of Hairspray, and an insanely catchy score featuring song titles like 'I’m Infected' and 'Girl, Can I Kiss You With Tongue?'. "Cry-Baby celebrates the joy all bad little teenage boys and girls feel the first time they hear music that causes trouble in their own homes". (John Waters) All these elements combine to create a unique, strange and totally endearing musical.

Winner of 4 Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Musical, Best Direction and Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Musical.

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“It’s big voices, big visuals, big laughs.
It’s a big mood, and it’s a smash.”

Time Out


Comic rebellion, forbidden love and twisted pride.

It’s 1954. Baltimore is a topsy-turvy moral meritocracy. At the centre of this world are star-crossed lovers Wade 'Cry-Baby' Walker – the coolest boy in Baltimore – and his rich but square object of desire, Allison. Cry-Baby is a bad boy with a great cause – truth, justice and the pursuit of rock and roll – so, fueled by hormones and the new rhythms of popular music, Allison turns her back on her King-of-the-Squares boyfriend Baldwin to become a ‘Drape’, and Cry-Baby’s girl.

The stage is set for a battle between the squeaky-clean, close-harmony Squares and the rock-and-roll juvenile delinquent Drapes. Whose side are you on?

Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan
Songs by David Javerbaum & Adam Schlesinger
Based on the Universal Pictures film written and directed by John Waters

With acknowledgement of the support from Jones Theatrical Group

Meet the Cast...

Creative Team

Director - Alexander Berlage
Choreographer - Cameron Mitchell
Set Designer - Isabel Hudson
Costume Designer - Mason Browne 
Musical Director - James Simpson
Musical Supervisor - Daniel Edmonds
Lighting Designer - Trent Suidgeest
Sound Consultant - Michael Waters
Associate Set Designer - Veronique Benett 
Assistant Director - Megan Wilding
Producer - Lauren Peters


Venue Information

The Opera House theatres are now being sold to 100% capacity. This includes all performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in specific foyer spaces to maintain physical distancing. Drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues for most performances. Please note that unless advised otherwise, theatre bars will not be open during intervals. Drinking water is available at all times.

Transport options

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