A postponed musical re-emerges as a workshop, Hunter College presents an opportunity to learn more about Shakespeare films, and a hotel offers a cheap meal in exchange for your headshot.
The musical version of Cry-Baby, John Waters' 1990 cult film about a juvenile delinquent who can shed tears on command, is getting a second chance. It was originally set to play Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre next February with the intention of coming to Broadway in the spring, but the engagement was postponed until a Main Stem theatre became available. Now Equity principal auditions will be held for a spring workshop. Telsey + Company will be casting principal and ensemble roles Nov. 15, 17, and 20. Waters will serve as creative consultant, as he did for Hairspray, the previous hit musical based on one of his films. The book is by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, who also paired up for the Hairspray book; the lyrics are by David Javerbaum and the music by Adam Schlesinger. See the casting notice in this week's issue for further details.
'Filming Shakespeare With Branagh'
The Shakespeare Society will present "Filming Shakespeare With Kenneth Branagh" on Mon., Nov. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (68th Street between Park and Lexington avenues). Clips from Branagh's films Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and Love's Labour's Lost, and a sneak peak at his upcoming As You Like It will be presented, along with commentary by Russell Jackson, editor of The Cambridge Guide to Shakespeare on Film and text advisor on Branagh's Bard movies. Limited $25 tickets are available by calling (212) 772-4448. For further information, visit www.shake spearesociety.org.
More 'Headshots for a Handout'
The Paramount Hotel will continue its "Headshots for a Handout" deal on Sun., Nov. 5, at its Mezzanine Restaurant (235 W. 46th St.). Bring a headshot and you get a three-course meal for $5. If you bring a friend, he or she pays $10. The collected headshots will be displayed at the bar. After Sunday, you have only one more chance: Tue., Dec. 5.