CRY BABY THE MUSICAL by John Waters will be playing live onstage, weekends at The Western Stage from November 5th through the 21st!

Can Allison Vernon-Williams, a clean cut All-American girl find happiness with Wade Walker, a rock and roll singer who is the leader of a group of juvenile delinquents from the poorest neighborhoods in postwar Baltimore? The answer is an outrageous “Yes!” in Cry Baby The Musical by John Waters (“Hairspray”) playing live onstage, weekends at The Western Stage from November 5th through the 21st.

Cry Baby The Musical is a deliciously campy confection full of riotous comedy in which star-crossed lovers are restrained by post war prejudices as they struggle against all  odds to sustain their love for one another. It is a song and dance filled tongue-in-cheek homage to all those unforgettable 1950’s Elvis motion pictures that defined a rebellious rock and roll generation.

Cry Baby The Musical is a stylish stage version of John Waters’ popular movie of the same name. Waters pulls out all the stops and the audience will be stomping their feet, clapping their hands and roaring with laughter. The story is deliberately absurd and the music and dance is inventive and utterly enjoyable. The remarkable surprise is this assortment of delights is that the show also manages to deliver the message that people should not be judged on their appearance or their pocketbook, and that money can’t buy humanity and decency.

Cry Baby The Musical is an amazing concoction. Come see it and imbibe!

November 5 through November 21. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

In the Hartnell College Performing Arts Center, Building K, 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, California 93901.


$26 General Admission; Senior and Military $24; Children (5-15) $12; Hartnell Students are free w/Hartnell I.D. Other Students w/school I.D. only $20.

For more information go to or call (831) 755-6816. The Ticket Office is open 5-8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and one hour before curtain time on Sunday matinees.



This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring other special accommodations should contact the ticket office at least one week prior to the event.


Proof of full vaccination or negative Covid-19 test result must be presented to enter the building.

Audiences are masked & distanced during performances.  In compliance with Actor’s Equity Association requirements, all patrons seated in the Studio Theater must be fully vaccinated. All other guests will be seated in the Recital Hall, Room K-125 for a Live Stream of the performance.

The Western Stage (TWS) is a professionally managed, community-based theatre company and educational program that nurtures and develops our students’ and community’s passion for the creative process and desire for high-level artistic experiences.  Led by its educational mission and believing that strong Arts experiences are important for building innovative, creative, and resilient communities, TWS offers a robust variety of programs designed for personal growth and skill development and that address the need for a safe space where students and theatre enthusiasts engage in Theatre production while working side-by-side with Theatre Professionals. Through its annual production season, TWS endeavors to provide strong pathways and development for artists throughout the continuum of a career in Theatre and its related Performing Arts. TWS develops new works that speak to the history and culture of the Salinas Valley and provides educational opportunities for students of all skill levels to explore and develop their unique talent.

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