Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains Of Wayne in Tony Awards Shock

OK, so it's not that much of a schock...I just kind of felt like writing a London Tabloid-style headline tonight...

A couple weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to catch a preview of the new Broadway version of John Waters' "Cry Baby". As a big fan of the movie (starring Johnny Depp, Patty Hearst, and Traci Lords, among other legends-for-various-reasons), I was glad that they more or less stuck to the original story, but I was really thrilled to hear the new songs...and especially the witty lyrics. After about the third song that struck me as way smarter, catchier, and funnier than most of the written-for-tourists tunes in Broadway shows these days, I opened the Playbill and was surprised to see the songs were co-written by the awesome Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne.

By the end of the show, I was convinced that the score just HAD to be nominated for a Tony.

From today's press release:

(New York, NY) -- The new Broadway musical Cry-Baby: The Musical, with songs co-written by Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and "The Daily Show's" executive producer David Javerbaum, was nominated yesterday for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score. This is the first time Schlesinger has scored for Broadway. He has received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for the title song to the Tom Hanks' film, That Thing You Do, and Fountains of Wayne was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

Cry-Baby: The Musical is based on the 1990 John Waters' film of the same name and features a book written by Hairspray writers Tom Meehan and Mark O'Donnell.

Schlesinger is currently at work producing the new Dashboard Confessional record, due out in the fall, and writing songs for the next Fountains of Wayne album.

So, yeah...I was right, Maybe we should be posting Broadway reviews here too. Or not.

And how great is the news that Schlesinger's producing the new Dashboard record? Maybe he can cheer-up ol' sourpuss Carrabba and teach the band how to write a proper radio hook. That would be cool.

Not from the musical, but excellent nonetheless:

Los Peyotes - "Cry Baby" mp3

courtesy: benn loxo du taccu

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