Broadway Congestion Causes Musical Cry-Baby to Delay Debut in Seattle

News   Broadway Congestion Causes Musical Cry-Baby to Delay Debut in Seattle The world premiere run of the Broadway-bound musical Cry-Baby, which was to debut at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, has been delayed because lack of a Broadway house to which to transfer.

"Due to a shortage of suitable Broadway theaters this spring, the New York producing team and The 5th Avenue Theatre have agreed to postpone the Seattle Cry Baby debut until a Broadway venue becomes available," reads an announcement from the show. "The delay will allow the creative team to further develop the production and prepare for its 5th Avenue premiere at a later date."

Filling the Feb. 13-March 4, 2007, slot in the Washington stage's season will be an in-house production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Further show information will be announced in November. Subscribers are advised to use their Cry Baby tickets for the same scheduled performance of Buddy.

Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre — which has hosted the pre-Broadway debuts of Hairspray and The Wedding Singer — previously announced the new movie-turned-musical featuring the work of bookwriters Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, songwriters Adam Schlesinger and David Javerbaum, choreographer Rob Ashford and director Mark Brokaw.

Cry-Baby is described in production notes thusly: "Baltimore 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism, and Wade 'Cry-Baby' Walker is the baddest boy on town. He's a rebel with a cause — truth, justice and the pursuit of rock 'n' roll — and when he falls for a good girl who doesn't want to stay that way, this square little suburb is sure to rock around the clock."

5th Avenue producing artistic director David Armstrong said "Whenever we make the decision to integrate a pre-Broadway world premiere into our season line-up, we know we must be flexible. We are committed to presenting the highest quality musical theater and will be working diligently with the New York producers in the coming months to secure new dates for Cry-Baby at our theatre." For season tickets to The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle, WA, call (206) 625-1900 or visit the box office. For more information, visit www.5thavenuetheatre.org.