“Cry-Baby: The Musical” opens at the Roxy Regional Theater this Friday

Clarksville, TN – The wait is almost over! “Cry-Baby: The Musical,” based on the cult classic John Waters film, opens at the Roxy Regional Theater this Friday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m.

In keeping with our tradition of pay what you can for opening night, all non-pre-sold tickets at regular price will go on sale at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a minimum donation of $5.00.




Set in 1950s Baltimore, conservative squares take on leather-clad delinquents in this rockabilly musical from the creative team behind Hairspray – Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell – with a score by Fountains of Wayne co-founder, Adam Schlesinger and “The Daily Show,” executive producer David Javerbaum.

Directed by Ryan Bowie and choreographed by Emily Rourke with musical direction by Tyler Saunders, CRY-BABY stars Matthew Combs and Caitlyn Porayko as bad boy Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker and boxy rich girl Allison Vernon- Williams, a pair of star-crossed lovers at the center of a world where everyone loves Ike and no one loves communism.

The coolest boy in Baltimore, Cry-Baby is a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice and the pursuit of rock ‘n’ roll. Fueled by the hormones and new rhythms of the times, Allison turns her back on her blameless boyfriend to become a “drape” (a Baltimore juvenile delinquent) and Cry-Baby’s moll.

Matthew Combs, Stacy Turner and Caitlyn Porayko star in "Cry-Baby: The Musical" at the Roxy Regional Theater, from June 3 to 18.
Matthew Combs, Stacy Turner and Caitlyn Porayko star in “Cry-Baby: The Musical” at the Roxy Regional Theater, June 3-18.

Starring local attorney Stacy A. Turner as Mrs. Cordelia Vernon-Williams, the cast also includes David Ridley as Dupree W. Dupree; Michael Ricciardone as Baldwin Blandish; Aubrie Lauren as Pepper Walker; Emily Rourke as Wanda Woodward; Victoria Preisman as Mona “Hatchet-Face” Malnorowski; Hannah Lauren Wilson as Lenora Frigid; and Kyle Javon Blocker, Tyler Saunders and Brett Vance as the Whiffles. Derek Alexander, Ansley Arthur, Caleb Crosby, Donald Groves, Beth Kirby, Faith Konty, Michael Olson, Mikquala Skelton and Katie Stafford round out the cast.


  • Friday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday June 4 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday June 11 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday June 11 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday June 18 at 2 p.m.

“Cry-Baby: The Musical” is produced in part with the generous support of Hugh & Joy Hatcher and Melissa A. Schaffner. Additional financial support was provided by the Asquith family, Reynolds-Burgett; Sal & Andrea Herrera; and Stacey Streetman. This production is presented in accordance with and all licensed performance materials are provided by Music Theater International (MTI), www.mtishows.com.

Tickets are $35 (adults) and $15 (10 and under) and can be reserved online via the button below, by phone at (931) 645-7699 or at the theater during regular box office hours (9:00 a.m. at 2:00 p.m., Monday to Friday and one hour before the curtain goes up). Military and APSU students can receive two tickets for the price of one performance through Thursday during the race, while CitySaver coupon holders can receive two tickets for the price of one performance through Friday.


Health and Safety Precautions

Wearing a face covering covering the nose and mouth is MANDATORY inside the Roxy Regional Theater (except when actively eating or drinking) for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Roxy Regional Theater reserves the right to modify this COVID-19 Policy at any time and will communicate any necessary changes electronically or in person.

About Roxy Regional Theater

The Roxy Regional Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to professional theater production and the promotion of the arts, with an emphasis on education, in Clarksville, Central Tennessee and in the southeast. The theater is located at 100 Franklin Street in historic downtown Clarksville.

For more information visit www.roxyregionaltheatre.org