Gregory II Will Exit Cry-Baby June 15; Clark Is New Dupree

News   Gregory II Will Exit Cry-Baby June 15; Clark Is New Dupree
Cry-Baby's Chester Gregory II, who lends his vocal pyrotechnics to the role of Dupree, will exit that Tony-nominated Broadway production June 15.

Dwayne Clark (above) will succeed Chester Gregory II in Cry-Baby.
Dwayne Clark (above) will succeed Chester Gregory II in Cry-Baby.

Replacing Gregory in the role of Dupree will be Dwayne Clark, who is expected to begin performances June 17. Clark has appeared in the Broadway companies of Tarzan, Urinetown, Smokey Joe's Café and the first national tour of Rent.

Gregory II is leaving the John Waters musical to star in another film-to-stage adaptation: Shrek the Musical. In addition to Cry-Baby, the actor has also been seen on Broadway in Tarzan and Hairspray. His album "In Search of High Love" will be released July 8.

A Tony nominee for Best Musical, Cry-Baby features a Tony-nominated score by David Javerbaum ("The Daily Show") and Adam Schlesinger ("That Thing You Do"), and a book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell. Mark Brokaw directs the musical that includes Tony-nominated choreography by Rob Ashford.

Cry-Baby boasts a cast led by Tony Award winner Harriet Harris as Mrs. Vernon-Williams; James Snyder as Cry-Baby, leader of the misfit Drapes; Elizabeth Stanley (Company) as Allison, one of the clean-cut Squares; Carly Jibson (Hairspray) as Pepper; Christopher J. Hanke (In My Life) as Baldwin; Lacey Kohl as Wanda; Alli Mauzey (Wicked) as Lenora; Courtney Balan as Mona; and Richard Poe (Journey's End) as Judge Stone.

Rounding out the ensemble are Cameron Adams, Ashley Amber, Nick Blaemire, Michael Buchanan, Eric Christian, Colin Cunliffe, Lisa Gajda, Michael D. Jablonski, Laura Jordan, Brendan King, Marty Lawson, Courtney Laine Mazza, Spencer Liff, Mayumi Miguel, Tory Ross, Eric Sciotto, Peter Matthew Smith, Allison Spratt, Charlie Sutton and Stacey Todd Holt. The creative team also features Lynne Shankel (music direction, incidental music and additional arrangements), Christopher Jahnke (orchestrations) and David Chase (dance arranger). The design team comprises Scott Pask (scenic), Catherine Zuber (costume), Howell Binkley (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound), Tom Watson (hair and wig) and Randy Houston Mercer (makeup). Rick Sordelet serves as fight director. Rolt Smith is stage manager.

Cry-Baby began previews at Broadway's Marquis Theatre March 15 and officially opened April 24. For tickets visit

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