Roxy Regional Theater to Stage Rockabilly Musical, CRY-BABY

Romeo and Juliet meets high school hellcats in the hit summer musical on the stage of Clarksville’s oldest professional theater. Based on John Waters’ cult film, CRY-BABY: The Musical opens Friday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m. In keeping with the theater’s opening night tradition of paying what you can, all non-pre-sold tickets at regular price will go on sale at 7:30 p.m. that night for a minimum donation of $5.

Set in 1950s Baltimore, conservative squares take on leather-clad delinquents in this rockabilly musical from the creative team behind hair spray – 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 love-crossed stars 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.

Starring local attorney Stacy 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.

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),

Performances are from June 3 to June 18 on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., with matinees at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays June 11 and June 18. There is no performance at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday June 18.

Tickets are $35 (adults) and $15 (10 and under) and can be reserved online at, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theater during regular box office hours (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and one hour before curtain 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.

HYGIENE AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: Wearing a mask covering the nose and mouth is MANDATORY inside the Roxy Regional Theater (except in the case of consumption or active consumption) for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. This policy is in place for the safety of our clients, performers and staff, and keeps us in compliance with the Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. 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.

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

Pictured: “Matthew Combs, Stacy Turner and Caitlyn Porayko star in CRY-BABY: The Musical at the Roxy Regional Theater, June 3-18.”