Andrew Lippa’s tragic Jazz Age love story The Wild Party follows party girl Queenie (two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster) over the course of one decadent, booze-soaked night as she and her lover Burrs (Steven Pasquale) throw the party to end all parties–with a guest list of vaudevillians, hookers, and a handsome stranger (Brandon Victor Dixon) who offers Queenie the hope of a less tawdry life. The Wild Party is based on Joseph Moncure March’s searing 1928 narrative poem of the same name, and premiered Off-Broadway in 2000.
Cast & Credits
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Starring Ryan Andes, Brandon Victor Dixon, Sutton Foster, Joaquina Kalukango, Talene Monahon, Steven Pasquale, and Miriam Shor
With Renée Albulario, Penelope Armstead-Williams, James Brown III, Rachel De Benedet, Raymond J. Lee, Kenita R. Miller, Sydney Morton, Clifton Oliver, Charlie Pollock, Britton Smith, Ryan Steele, and Samantha Sturm
The Lobby Project is a series of free performances, conversations, and readings that will place the Encores! Off-Center shows in the context of its legacy and provide insights into the work the audience is about to experience. The events will take place in City Center’s beautiful Grand Tier lobby one hour before curtain and are free for that evening’s ticket holders. Each Lobby Project event will be 45 minutes long.
When: Weds July 15 at 6:30pm
Dec·a·dence (dekədəns): from French décadence, from medieval Latin decadentia; luxurious self-indulgence, related to decay. The experimental performing arts masterminds at theatreMAMA (whose clients include Pippin, Chicago, and Blue Man Group) will create an evening of decadent indulgence—from sinfully rich Myzel’s chocolate to exotic costumes to a special appearance by Broadway’s Susan Blackwell. Come ready to be surprised, and leave your good manners at the door.
(This Lobby Project event contains adult content.)
Dance with Sonya Tayeh
When: Thurs July 16 at 6:30pm
So You Think You Can Dance staple Sonya Tayeh’s method of teaching is as searingly powerful as her choreography. This Lobby Project event will offer a rare glimpse into Tayeh’s creative process; she’ll discuss how she developed the choreography for The Wild Party and lead audience members through some of the steps. Don’t wear your strappy heels to this one!
When: Fri July 17 at 7pm
Songwriter, performer, and Off-Center alum Lorenzo Wolff will lead a group of top-tier jazz musicians as they take on classic songs ranging from grunge to classical to bubblegum pop and reimagine them through the musical lens of the 1920s.
The Evolution of Social Dance
When: Sat July 18 at 1pm
The 1920s and 1930s marked a cataclysmic shift in how Americans socialized through dance. With the growing popularity of jazz music came a style of dance that burst away from the formalized waltzes and foxtrots of the day—and with jazz came social spaces where people of different races and social classes interacted freely. In this dance lecture/lesson, choreographers Torya Beard and Ayodele Casel will use movement to lead audience members through the evolution of the dance form.
Andrew Lippa: Stories and Lost Songs
When: Sat July 18 at 7pm
Andrew Lippa—the triple-threat bookwriter, composer, and lyricist of The Wild Party—will appear in conversation with Encores! Off-Center Artistic Director Jeanine Tesori to talk about how he came to write the musical. Lippa will also perform selected material written for The Wild Party that didn’t make it into the final production.