Cry-Baby Musical Will Be Part of La Jolla's 2007 Season

News   Cry-Baby Musical Will Be Part of La Jolla's 2007 Season
La Jolla Playhouse has nabbed the musicals Cry-Baby and Most Wanted for its upcoming season as well as the previously announced new Carmen musical and The Seven.

The California company had announced the latter two works (along with a planned staging of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's musical The Nightingale — which no longer appears on the lineup).

The new year at La Jolla (subject to change) will be as follows:

  • Carmen (June 5-July 22)
    Music by John Ewbank, book by Sarah Miles, lyrics by AnnMarie Milazzo
    The first musical theatre venture from director Franco Dragone, veteran of Cirque du Soleil as well as the Las Vegas productions of Celine Dion's "A New Day..." and Le Rêve. Based on Prosper Mérimée's novella, the new work follows the classic story told from the perspective of the soldier who falls for the beautiful gypsy seductress.
  • The Deception (June 17-Aug. 19)
    Adapted by Steven Epp and Dominique Serrand
    Serrand will stage the Theatre de la Jeune Lune's co-production based on Pierre Marivaux's "La Fausse Suivante" about "a young girl [who] dresses as a man to learn more about her husband-to-be."


  • after the quake (July 24-Aug. 26)
    Adapted by Frank Galati
    Galati directs his Steppenwolf Theatre production (co-presented with Berkeley Repertory Theatre) based on Haruki Murakami short stories set in the aftermath of the 1995 Kobe, Japan, earthquake.
  • The Adding Machine (Sept. 11-Oct. 7)
    Written by Elmer Rice Daniel Aukin stages the revival of the 1923 tale of "a numbers cruncher of 25 years who, after being informed he will be replaced by a machine, murders his boss."
  • Cry-Baby (Oct. 30-Dec. 16)
    Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, lyrics and music by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger
    Mark Brokaw stages the new musical based on the film by John Waters about "the baddest boy in town" who falls for a good girl in 1954's Baltimore. Cry-Baby was previously scheduled for February-March 2007 at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre but was delayed because there was no available Broadway house for a transfer. A spokesperson for the company told the musical could also not be scheduled as part of their new season.

  • The Seven (Feb. 12-March 16, 2008)
    Will Power's hip-hop adaptation of Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes
    Jo Bonney directs the Power-penned tale that follows the struggles of Eteocles and Polynices, the two sons of the cursed King Oedipus, as they fight for the throne of Thebes. Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening) choreographs.
  • Most Wanted (Oct. 2-14)
    Music and lyrics by Mark Bennett, book and lyrics by Jessica Hagedorn
    Michael Greif directs this Page to Stage workshop production of the musical that focuses on "America's obsession with the cult of wealth and celebrity through the lens of the media frenzy surrounding Andrew Cunanan," killer of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was found dead in a Florida houseboat. The latter work will be part of the company's new The Edge program "designed to bring the freshest, most adventurous work" to the stage. (It will not be included in subscription packages.) A Page to Stage production of book writer-lyricist Steven Sater and composer Duncan Sheik's musical The Nightingale was slated to be workshopped at La Jolla. The magical tale centering on a young Emperor in Ancient China penned by the Spring Awakening musical team has been omitted from the season. Details could not be ascertained at press time.

    Subscriptions for the 2007 season at La Jolla Playhouse, on the corner of La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, CA, are currently on sale by calling (858) 550-1010. For more information on the company visit

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