Saturday, April 26, 2008

New Review: Cry-Baby

This review went up Thursday night at Back Stage.

Here's a tease:

If only Cry-Baby, the new musical derived from John Waters' 1990 film, was a mess like Good Vibrations or Lestat. If only, conversely, it was smart enough to make discussing the screen-to-stage transition meaningful. The high-energy, good-looking cast may work their hearts out to entertain, and Rob Ashford's choreography may be as impressively athletic as anything Michael Kidd once did, but when the blubber meets the road, Cry-Baby is aggressively mediocre.

And, by the way, blubber does not refer to fat. If you've never heard of blubbering, here's a definition for you.

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1 comment:

Jen Ryan's Brain said...

you know, as wonderful as the 50's were (NOT esp if you lived through them), isnt it about time to make a nostalgia show about another era? High Fidelity made a good attempt with that taking on the 80's/early 90's but suffered from terrible songs and frankly, a book that didnt work as a musical. Lets go, musical theatre folks: the 70s had wild clothes, decadence, the birth of disco AND punk....