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Cry-Baby The Musical

Known as the “bad little brother of Hairspray”, Cry-Baby The Musical follows the story of star-crossed lovers that leave behind a path of passion and panic in their Baltimore town. Not just another love story though, this satirical comedy playfully explores classism, beauty myths and the nuclear family – an ultimate John Water’s cult-classic. This is a musical that doesn’t take itself too seriously. All these elements combine to create a unique, strange and totally endearing production.

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

In the Drama Theatre | View Seat Map | Musical Theatre

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the season of Cry-Baby The Musical in the Drama Theatre has unfortunately been cancelled.

Full refunds will be processed automatically (please allow five days from 20 July 2021).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via or call our Box Office team on (02) 9250 7777. 

COVID-safe and event information

  • The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
  • In line with the NSW Government’s extension to the stay-at-home order, the Opera House will remain closed until Saturday 28 August. We appreciate your support as we work through the information as it’s provided.

When we return...

  • Bring and wear a mask. Patrons aged 12 and over attending performances and tours are required to wear a face mask at all times while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance.
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.
  • There are new COVID-specific conditions of entry for audiences attending performances, including the digital check in of every person for contact tracing purposes. This includes the circumstances under which you must not attend the Opera House, and what’s required of you when you visit. Please read about them here.

“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 'n' 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 'n' 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

Stage Direction: Cry-Baby

John Waters' campy masterclass Cry-Baby is a cult classic and now lives on as a hit stage musical. Elfy Scott follows the film's complicated journey from screen to stage.

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


Meet the cast...

Venue Information

In line with the NSW Government’s extension to the stay-at-home order, the Opera House will remain closed until Saturday 28 August.

We appreciate your support as we work through the information as it’s provided. 

When we return...

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

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Wilson car park is open and available to use. Wilson Parking is currently offering a $10 discounted rate if you book ahead, please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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