2 Acts, Book Musical, Pop / Rock, Rated R
Original Off-Broadway Version (2000) / Manhattan Theatre Club
Decadence and excess are the life of the party in this jazzy, 1920's whodunnit.
A steamy prohibition tale steamrolling and roaring its way across the
stage, Andrew Lippa's Wild Party was an off-broadway gem that garnered
an array of
industry accolades, including Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle,
& Obie awards. Based on Joseph Moncure March's 1928 narrative poem of the same name, this darkly brilliant show features one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written.
Lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw the party to end all
parties in their Manhattan apartment. After the colorful arrival of a
slew of guests living
life on the edge, Queenie's wandering eyes land on a striking man
named Black. As the decadence is reaching a climax, so is Burrs'
jealousy which erupts
and sends him into a violent rage. Gun in hand and inhibitions
abandoned Burrs turns on Queenie and Black. The gun gets fired, but
who's been shot?
Andrew Lippa's Wild Party is a favorite of universities and theatre
companies that like to push the envelope. Creative potential leaps from
its pages. If
staged in an intimate space the audience might feel like they're
party guests themselves!
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Not all Broadway musicals have had happy premises or happy endings. Popular musicals over the years which featured death or murder include: Redhead (1959), Sweeney Todd (1979), and West Side Story (1957).