About the showOlivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie (In the Heights) directs a brand new production of Michael John LaChiusa’s 2000 Broadway musical The Wild Party. The first production to open at The Other Palace, formerly the St James Theatre, The Wild Party stars Tony Award-winner Frances Ruffelle as Queenie.
The Wild Party is originally based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 poem of the same name and follows a vaudeville dancer and vaudeville clown as they host a Manhattan party. Queenie and Burrs plan a crazy night at their apartment, inviting a bizarre array of guests into the mix. As the evening wears on and the drink is knocked back, questions are fired and drunken debauchery takes a tragic twist.
Presented through a number of Vaudevillian sketches, The Wild Party features a star-studded cast, including Ruffelle, who is best known for originating the role of Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway, for which she won a Tony Award. West End credits include Pippin, Starlight Express and Chicago. John Owen-Jones (Les Miserables) stars opposite as Burrs.
Further casting includes Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Murder Ballad), Ako Mitchell (Ragtime), Lizzy Connolly (Once in a Lifetime), Bronte Barbe (Shrek), Dex Lee (Grease), Tiffany Graves, Donna McKechnie, Melanie Bright, Simon Thomas, Gloria Obianyo, Genisis Lynea, Steven Serlin and Sebastian Torkia.
The Wild Party is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, who has won acclaim with Strictly Ballroom, Jesus Christ Superstar and In the Heights, which earned him an Olivier Award for Best Choreographer. A hilarious, dark and twisted musical, The Wild Party opened at the renamed venue on February 13th and runs until April 1st 2017, with a press night on February 20th 2017.
Who Should See It?Those who enjoy rarely performed musicals will enjoy this chance to see The Wild Party! See Les Miserables stars Frances Ruffelle and John Owen-Jones on stage, supported by a stellar cast.
The Wild Party is recommended for those aged 16 and up, due to explicit references.