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The Wild Party

book, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Based on the narrative poem by JOSEPH MONCURE MARCH
Directed by JASE SMITH

NOVEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 28, 2013

Set in the Roaring Twenties, Andrew Lippa’s darkly brilliant musical is inspired by Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 banned poem recounting the excesses of the Jazz Age. Richmond Theatre Critics Circle (RTCC) Award nominee Grey Garrett (POP!, I Love a Piano) returns to Firehouse as vaudeville dancer Queenie, who hosts a party to end all parties in the Manhattan apartment she shares with her vicious lover Burrs, played by RTCC Award winner and Style Weekly Top 40 Under 40 recipient Terence Sullivan (Next to Normal, The Rocky Horror Show). As a group of burlesque performers join together for one wild, erotic evening, the destructive couple set out to make each other jealous. The jazz and gin soaked party rages on when a newcomer complicates their strained relationship and challenges their decadent and thrill-seeking high living. For all who enjoy Cabaret or Chicago, Lippa’s tale of out of control passions is a must-see.

The Wild Party video trailer

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Click here to learn about the banned poem by Joseph Moncure March

MEET THE CAST OF THE WILD PARTY


Queenie………………..Grey Garrett
Burrs…………………….Terence Sullivan
Kate………………………Joy Newsome
Black……………………..Josh Marin
Madeleine True………..Carolyn Meade
Oscar…………………….Andrew Dilday
Eddie…………………….David Zimmerman
Mae………………………Brianne Chin
Sam……………………….Charley Raintree
Phil……………………….Brian Baez
Nadine…………………..Sasha Wakefield
Dolores………………….Anna Starnes
Jackie…………………..Egbert Vongmalaithong

*special appearance by*
Neighbor………………..Jason Roop, Style Weekly Editor in Chief

 

TALKBACK  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20

Q&A session with the cast and guest panelists following the 8pm performance // FREE with ticket purchase

GUEST PANELIST Mary Miley Theobald is a historian and freelance writer who has written 9 nonfiction books and 200 magazine articles, most on history, travel, and business topics. She has recently strayed into fiction with a murder mystery set in vaudeville in 1924. The Impersonator was published by St. Martin’s/ Minotaur in September; it will be joined by a sequel in 2014.

GUEST PANELIST Emilie Raymond is an Associate Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University who specializes in 20th century culture and politics.  She is the author of From My Cold, Dead Hands:  Charlton Heston and American Politics and is currently writing Stars for Freedom:  Hollywood, Celebrity, and the Civil Rights Movement.

REVIEWS

The Wild Party has the sound and feel of a contemporary American opera, with the majority of the story sung rather than spoken, and drama and tension in nearly every line.” Richmond Times-Dispatch

“sizzling, vital and groundbreaking.” - The New York Daily News

“Its strong suit is summoning the anxious restlessness behind the hell-bent hedonism of the days of Prohibition.” - The New York Times

AWARDS

2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music
2000 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical
Lucille Lortel Awards for Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Design
1999-2000 Obie Award for Best Choreography
Nominated for 12 additional Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding New Musical