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The Wild Party

From 8 critic and 34 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Intense, Raunchy, Edgy, Great acting

About the show

An Encores! Off-Center production, this is the tragic Jazz Age story of party girl Queenie (played by TONY-winner Sutton Foster), one booze-soaked night, and a stranger who offers hope of a less tawdry life. More…

'The Wild Party' is Andrew Lippa's adaptation of Joseph Moncure March's 1928 searing, narrative poem of the same name. It tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by party girl Queenie and Burrs, a vaudeville performer, who are looking to add the spice back into their tumultuous relationship. But their targets prove to be more than simple sexual conquests, and when emotions get involved, the consequences are more tragic than anyone could have imagined. This award-winning musical had its premiere Off-Broadway in 2000, and is being revived this summer at New York City Center as part of its Encores! Off-Center Season.

New York Magazine / Vulture

"It would be hard to imagine a production, let alone one rehearsed and put together in only ten days, that made a better case for the material. This is not a thrown-together staging on a cheap, borrowed set; it is, somehow, a physically beautiful, thoroughly realized, and fully choreographed account of a complicated story...I really have nothing to criticize about this production, except perhaps to say that it sets the bar unreasonably high for future Off-Center seasons." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The show, as usual, belonged to Sutton Foster, who even when standing to the side and letting her 'guests' have a chance under the spotlight, somehow still managed to be the center of attention, not that she needed to try for that matter, but just watching her glow as she saw others perform was wonderful, her smile saying more than any song could." Full Review


"Lippa and director Leigh Silverman treat this concert staging not so much like an encore, but a second chance to fix the show's flaws. While this lack of preciousness about one's work is refreshing, the result is less than satisfactory: A dragged-out second act surprisingly devoid of stakes still mars an otherwise solid show. Thankfully, the main attraction remains largely in tact: unforgettable solo performances executed by a talented cast." Full Review

New York Daily News

"This staging by Leigh Silverman tends to drive so hard it pushes you away. But there are moments that are just right. The best moments come as Queenie, Black, Burrs and Kate blend their voices...The delicious vocal arrangements by Chris Fenwick make these scenes the real life of this 'Party.'" Full Review

The New York Times

"You could even say that 'The Wild Party,' which once seemed sweaty without ever feeling warm, has taken on some heat and, more important, a heart. These attributes aren’t quite enough to make the case for Mr. Lippa’s frantic portrait of a fête fatale as a fully satisfying musical...Though everybody loves a good party, watching two hours of other people’s revelry can grow monotonous. This is especially true when you don’t know or care about revelers who strike a single note of sloppy hedonism... Full Review

New York Post

"The last time Sutton Foster appeared at Encores,! the show went on to Broadway. That probably won’t be the case with 'The Wild Party.' This shindig’s strictly PG...Silverman’s staging and Sonya Tayeh’s choreography lack energy and raunch." Full Review

AM New York

"It tends to veer in and out of focus, and some parts are better than others. The production is similarly uneven, often more stagnated than wild. Lippa's rewrites for this production are, to say the least, questionable...Given the piece's demands, it may have needed a longer rehearsal period than the kind afforded by the Off-Center series, and a more intimate venue than City Center. How about an environmental production where the audience feels as if it is part of the party?" Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Leigh Silverman's production doesn't register as loud, fast, or, heaven forefend, 'wild' at all. This is a lullaby with a fervent blues streak...Absent any sort of a thematic or emotional anchor, the songs just lie there snoozing—would-be showstoppers in search of a show...Because we don't know who these people are or how they speak, neither they nor the show becomes anything close to real." Full Review

Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Invigorating, Must see

See it if you love a great score. The talent is mind-blowing. So lucky to be in NY and catch this extremely limited run.

Don't see it if I don't know. It's great. See it.

Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Original, Quirky

See it if you like a little darkness with your musical, enjoy a dash of raunch, & want an original story with strong musical numbers.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy sexuality depicted in your musicals or wants something light hearted.

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you love tragedy with your entertaining musicals. Also, if you love Sutton Foster.

Don't see it if you want a no-brainer, fluffy musical, where everything ends happily.

Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Romantic, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a modern spin on the "classic" musical

Don't see it if You are easily offended by sexual themes/content

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Great singing

See it if This production was full of so much energy!

Don't see it if Well, it's no longer running. It was a limited engagement. So there's that lol

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you enjoy intense storytelling, amazing music, and don't mind a not-so-happy ending.

Don't see it if you want fluff and a happy ending.

Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining, Great acting, Great music

See it if You are a fan of Lippa's score or Sutton Foster and Steve Pascal.

Don't see it if You dislike the music or don't like adult themes played out on stage.

Gripping, Intense, Invigorating, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You know and love the score, composer or star (Sutton Foster)

Don't see it if you are out for a wholesome plot-driven piece

Enchanting, Entertaining, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Andrew Lippa's score is great, fantastic songs and an even better character base.

Don't see it if The plot is slightly weaker than the La Chuisa version.

Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if you love the show, Sutton Foster, or raunchy musical exploring darker themes.

Don't see it if you want a light-hearted entertainment.

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if Sutton Foster and Steven Pasquale were amazing. The whole cast! Great story and music.

Don't see it if you don't like concert version. Although Encores always goes way beyond a simple concert. It's almost a small full stage production.

Entertaining, Hilarious, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You love the 20's

Don't see it if You hate the 20's

Entertaining, Dizzying, Raunchy

See it if You want to se Sutton Foster shine in a completely different role than usual.

Don't see it if You are more conservative and the ideas of a party filled with drugs, sex, and cheating is something from which you want to stay away.

Clever, Great staging, Raunchy

See it if You like a bit of jazz, booze and raunch. This is a dark musical but has great dancing and memorable songs.

Don't see it if You're a prude / you're looking for a fairy-tale happy musical.

Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you like dark musical theater writing and don't need much of a storyline

Don't see it if you need a strict plot

Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if Steven Pasquale. Joaquina Kalukango. Miriam Shor. One of the best theatre albums.

Don't see it if Sutton was miscast. The changes were not for the better.

Great singing, Intense, Raunchy, Edgy, Dark

See it if you love Foster, altho this wasn't an ideal role for her. The hard-edged show is not very welcoming. I wasn't a good guest at the wild party

Don't see it if you like traditional musicals. I was happy to get to see TWP, but I didn't really enjoy it. I felt like I needed a shower afterwards.

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Bad pacing

See it if you (like me) are a member of the cult of Lippa's Wild Party, you like edgy modern musicals

Don't see it if you don't like Sutton, you need a big number in act two

Fluffy, Insipid, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you want to see the combined talents of Sutton Foster, Steven Pasquale, and Brandon Victor Dixon live on stage.

Don't see it if you are looking for any depth beyond the glitz, glamour, and vocal riffs demanded of Lippa's Wild Party.

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Traditional, Song-and-dance, Typical bway

See it if you like traditional simple broadway tales, with big song-dance numbers, classic bway singing and music.

Don't see it if you want something new, different, modern or a profound story. This one is old-fashioned but enjoyable for what it is.

Confusing, Disappointing, Frustrating

See it if You are a massive fan of "The Wild Party" and are interested in seeing Lippa compromise his genius musical's structure. If it ain't broke...

Don't see it if You have already seen a great production of the first iteration of this fabulous musical...because this production fell short big time.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Raunchy

See it if you love old-time musicals, if you love Sutton Foster, if you like kind of raunchy and out-there musicals.

Don't see it if you're rather conservative, or if you don't like old age music.

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you've ever thought you understood someone else's actions. There is so much under the surface that this performance brings to center stage.

Don't see it if you get uncomfortable with raw sexuality on stage.

Entertaining, Edgy, Great singing, Raunchy

See it if You love roaring 20s, great music, great acting.

Don't see it if Not really appropriate for younger viewers.

Funny, Great writing, Raunchy, Intense, Dizzying

See it if You like the original poem, historical musicals, jazz, dramatic emotional scenes, realistic portrayals of the 20th century, and Andrew Lippa

Don't see it if You don't like sexual themes and humor, or big-band music especially paired with higher-register singing

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