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The Wild Party

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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.

Member Reviews (34)


Entertaining, Intense, Raunchy, Edgy, Great acting
Avg Score

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Great writing, Riveting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Love lot of great songs and a enthralling story that pulls the audience in.

Don't see it if Dated productions aren't your thing or don't like sexual situations

Entertaining, Romantic, Intense, Great singing

See it if love Prohibition and swingers! Get your full fill of bootleggers and gangsters in the ultimate all night 'Wild Party'

Don't see it if don't enjoy the wild side of the 20's and belting songs of love and sex.

Entertaining, Hilarious, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You love the 20's

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

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

Absorbing, Raunchy, Original, Intense, Funny

See it if If you want to leave the theater with a new soundtrack to download, see this show. The music is incredible and has great energy.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a good story or something family-friendly, you should probably skip this show.

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.

July 16th, 2015
"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 everyb...
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July 16th, 2015
"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 acco...
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July 16th, 2015
"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."
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July 16th, 2015
"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.'"
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