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‘Cry-Baby’ takes to the stage

Musical secures place at Marquis Theater

Weep no more. The Broadway musical “Cry-Baby,” adapted from John Waters’ cult movie about bikers and squares facing off in rock ‘n’ roll-obsessed 1950s Baltimore, has secured a New York home at the Marquis Theater.

Set to open April 24, the tuner has long been tipped to go into the Marquis, but the announcement was on hold until the closing of the theater’s previous tenant, “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Rob Ashford, “Cry-Baby” has a book by Tony-winning “Hairspray” team Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Music is by former “The Daily Show” head writer and exec producer David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger of indie rock band Fountains of Wayne.

The musical had a tryout run in November at La Jolla Playhouse. In a bid to start building audiences early, all tickets to New York previews, beginning March 15, will be priced at $54 — coinciding with the year in which the show is set.

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While the 2007-08 season got off to a light start for new musicals, with only “Xanadu” and “Young Frankenstein” bowing in the fall, the lineup will be boosted by an additional five before the Tony Awards cutoff. In addition to “Cry-Baby” and Disney’s recently opened “The Little Mermaid,” upcoming tuners include “Passing Strange,” “In the Heights” and “A Catered Affair.”