STAFFORD - Based on the cult classic, 1990 John Waters film, Cry-Baby features a delightfully demented book from the writers of Hairspray and a rockabilly score from the co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and the executive producer of The Daily Show!

It's 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker (Ian Mullin) 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 (Carly Sica), are star-crossed lovers at the center of this world.

Fueled by hormones and the new rhythms of rock and roll, she turns her back on her squeaky clean boyfriend, Baldwin (Liam McGettigan), to become a "drape" (a Baltimore juvenile delinquent) and Cry-Baby's moll. 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, who are ultimately arrested for arson, sending the drapes all off to prison. It's Romeo and Juliet meets High School Hellcats!

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Bellarine Theatre Company is proud to present the South Jersey Premiere of “Cry-Baby The Musical”, July 27-29 at 7 p.m. and July 29-30 at 3 p.m. at the Stafford Township Arts Center (1000 McKinley Avenue Manahawkin, NJ 08050) For tickets, please visit www.btco.booktix.com , www.bellarinetheatre.com , or call 609-661-2083.

This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Funded in part by a grant from the Ocean County Board of Freeholders. Explore more at OceanCountyTourism.com