Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party receives its first major London production at The Other Palace Theatre.
Directed and choreographed by 2016 Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie and starring Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle, The Wild Party will be the inaugural production at The Other Palace, formerly St. James Theatre, when it reopens in February 2017.
Based on Joseph Moncure March’s narrative poem of the same title, The Wild Party received 7 Tony Award nominations, and a Grammy Award nomination when it opened on Broadway in 2000.
The Wild Party runs from 11 February 2017 until 1 April 2017 at The Other Palace Theatre.
Set against a backdrop of Manhattan decadence and 1920’s excess, The Wild Party tells the story of Queenie and Burrs, a Vaudeville showgirl and a Vaudeville clown whose relationship is marked by vicious behaviour and recklessness.
In an attempt to salvage their toxic union, they decide to throw a party to end all parties.
The guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone: a cocaine-sniffing bisexual playboy; a washed-up boxer; a diva of indeterminate age; a fresh-faced ingénue; and a handsome Valentino who catches Queenie’s roving eye.
The jazz and gin soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat, as artifice and illusion are stripped away. But when midnight debauchery turns into tragedy, the revellers must sober up and face reality.
After all, no party lasts forever.
Frances Ruffelle, John Owen-Jones and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt lead the cast alongside Simon Thomas, Donna McKechnie, Dex Lee, Ako Mitchell, Gloria Obianyo, Genesis Lynea, Melanie Bright, Lizzy Connolly, Steven Serlin, Sebastian Torkia, Bronté Barbé and Tiffany Graves.
Directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie with musical direction by Theo Jamieson, set and costume design by Soutra Gilmour and lighting design by Richard Howell.
Music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and book by George C. Wolfe and Michael John LaChiusa.
stunning cast of musical theatre veterans – The Stage
azzling, dizzying, darkly comic – Independent
Sassily directed, it’s packed with bold choreography. – Evening Standard