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Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party will receive its UK Premiere in a brand new musical production at The Other Palace (formerly St. James Theatre), starring Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle.
Based on Joseph Moncure March’s narrative poem of the same title, The Wild Party originally opened on Broadway in 2000. Set against a backdrop of Manhattan decadence and 1920’s excess, The Wild Party tells the story of Queenie and Burrs, a Vaudeville showgirl and a Vaudeville clown whose relationship is marked by vicious behaviour and recklessness. In an attempt to salvage their toxic union, they decide to throw a party to end all parties. The guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone: a cocaine-sniffing bisexual playboy; a washed-up boxer; a diva of indeterminate age; a fresh-faced ingénue; and a handsome Valentino who catches Queenie’s roving eye. The jazz and gin soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat, as artifice and illusion are stripped away. But when midnight debauchery turns into tragedy, the revellers must sober up and face reality. After all, no party lasts forever.
Frances Ruffelle will play Queenie. Frances is perhaps best known for originating the role of Eponine in Les Misérables in the West End and on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for her performance. Her many other stage roles include Starlight Express (West End), Chicago (West End), Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Piaf (Leicester Curve). Frances has recorded four solo albums and performed her solo shows at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the Garrick Theatre, the Crazy Coqs and New York’s 54 Below.
Also starring John Owen Jones, best known for his performance as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and for playing the title role in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End.
The Wild Party will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre). His will direct and choreograph the European premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom at West Yorkshire Playhouse this Christmas, with other recent choreography credits including Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Jekyll and Hyde (The Old Vic), Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith), The Lorax (The Old Vic) and Hairspray (UK Tour).
At The Other Palace from 11th February to 1st April 2017, book The Wild Party tickets today!
*PLEASE NOTE: Age recommendation of 16 +. Contains scenes of a sexual nature and adult language.