Tony Award-winning star Frances Ruffelle led a brand new production of Michael John LaChiusa’s 2000 Broadway musical The Wild Party. Directed by Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie, The Wild Party was the explosive musical which was the first production to play at the rebranded The Other Palace.
Based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 poem, The Wild Party follows a vaudeville couple as they host an enigmatic party at their downtown Manhattan apartment. Queenie and Burrs, one a dancer and the other a clown, plan a wild night and invite a bizarre array of guests. As the drinks are knocked back and questions are fired, a night of drunken debauchery reaches a tangible, tragic climax.
Presented through various vaudeville sketches, the musical originally premiered in 2000 on Broadway, starring Toni Collette and Eartha Kitt. This new production saw Frances Ruffelle take the leading role as Queenie, opposite John Owen-Jones (Les Miserables) as Burrs. Ruffelle is best known for originating the role of Eponine in Les Mis and went on to star in Pippin, Starlight Express and Chicago.
Further cast members include Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Murder Ballad, In the Heights), Ako Mitchell (Ragtime), Lizzy Connolly (Once in a Lifetime), Bronte Barbe (Shrek), Dex Lee (Grease) and Tiffany Graves, with Broadway legend Donna McKechnie, as well as Melanie Bright, Simon Thomas, Gloria Obianyo, Genisis Lynea, Steven Serlin and Sebastian Torkia.
After receiving an Olivier Award for In the Heights as well as acclaim for his work on Strictly Ballroom and Jesus Christ Superstar, Drew McOnie directed and choreographed The Wild Party, which was the first production under the leadership of new Artistic Director, Paul Taylor-Mills.
A dark, witty and emotional musical that brings back some traditional vaudeville to the West End, The Wild Party was not one to be missed, having opened at The Other Palace on February 11th 2017. The production ran until April 1st 2017, having had an official press night on February 20th 2017.
This is an amazing chance to see a rare Broadway musical on the West End, featuring a stellar cast! Fans of big, glitzy musicals will love this!
The Wild Party is recommended for those aged 16 and up, due to sexual and explicit scenes and references.
Recommended for 16+