The Wild Parties

mjohnson2
Broadway Star
joined:11/2/13
The Wild Parties
Posted: 2/6/14 at 11:35pm
Hello all,
did any of you see either of the original productions of "The Wild Party"?
Were either of them good, and which one did you prefer?
Please note: any opinions regarding shows or otherwise that are stated by this account, no matter how they are presented represent a personal opinion and should not be taken as an attempt to convey facts and disagreement with my opinion is not only welcome but I highly encourage it to inspire lively and healthy debate.
nasty_khakis
Broadway Star
joined:3/15/07
The Wild Parties
Posted: 2/6/14 at 11:56pm
Oh good. There are only 35 threads discussing this very topic. We needed more.
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
The Wild Parties
Posted: 2/6/14 at 11:59pm
35? That's putting it lightly.
#sadandtransparent
mjohnson2
Broadway Star
joined:11/2/13
The Wild Parties
Posted: 2/7/14 at 12:16am
I found a good thread for this,
sorry for wasting your time.
Please note: any opinions regarding shows or otherwise that are stated by this account, no matter how they are presented represent a personal opinion and should not be taken as an attempt to convey facts and disagreement with my opinion is not only welcome but I highly encourage it to inspire lively and healthy debate.
Demitri2
Broadway Star
joined:3/25/05
The Wild Parties
Posted: 2/7/14 at 12:20am
I truly enjoyed the Broadway production of THE WILD PARTY. George C. Wolfe's direction moved the show at a rapid pace. Toni Collette, Marc Kudisch, Tonya Pinkins and Eartha Kitt made me fans for life. I even enjoyed Mr. Patinkin.

But what impressed me most was Michael John LaChiusa's incredible score. Sitting in the second row orchestra I can't recall ever before being so overcome by what I was hearing. It was brash yet accessible and there were moments I kept saying to myself this is almost spiritually uplifting. What I liked best was the way one musical number would immediately segue into an even stronger melody line bombarding you with its glorious sounds. I remember wondering if I'd have the same experience listening to the cast recording when it was released. It remains one of my very favorite scores.

Although I enjoy listening to the other production the reason I prefer LaChiusa's work over Lippa's is because LaChiusa has caught the sound of the period. Lippa's score has a modern sound that is exciting at times but really doesn't depict the time period of Joseph Moncure March's text. And yes, it's just my opinion.
elphaba.scares.me
Leading Actor
joined:10/23/04
The Wild Parties
Posted: 2/7/14 at 12:48pm
LaChiusa's (which I love) definitely captured the sound of the era. Lippa's is popular partially because it has more stand-alone songs for people to belt at Chelsea Studios and Don't Tell Mama. And the Lippa cast was uniformly gorgeous and sexy (that album art...wow!)
darquegk
Broadway Legend
joined:2/5/09
The Wild Parties
Posted: 2/7/14 at 02:04pm
Lippa's sounds less period but reflects the story and the tone of March's book better. LaChiusa's is more period and ambitious in composition, but uses the book's plot as a jumping-off to discuss the effects of racism and prejudice on the entertainment world of the 1920s.
CarlosAlberto
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/10
The Wild Parties
Posted: 2/7/14 at 04:37pm
I listen to the La Chiusa version. I love Brian d'arcy James!!
SonofRobbieJ
Broadway Legend
joined:12/10/09
The Wild Parties
Posted: 2/7/14 at 04:57pm
^ I'm assuming those are two separate thoughts, chica, as d'Arcy James is in the Lippa Wild Party.
JoeKv99
Broadway Legend
joined:12/27/04
The Wild Parties
Posted: 2/7/14 at 06:53pm
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CarlosAlberto
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/10
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Posted: 2/7/14 at 07:42pm
Oh dammit I meant Lippa! Dammit!
Someone in a Tree2
Broadway Star
joined:10/9/12
The Wild Parties
Posted: 2/7/14 at 08:10pm
Seeing both in the space of a month or two was dynamite-- a laboratory for how different artists make something radically different out of the same raw material. I found the staging of the Lippa show (jagged platforms splitting and reforming) thought-provoking and distracting, and nothing in the rock-tinged score stayed with me after it was done.

The George Wolfe/ LaChiusa production gave me everything I want in a Broadway show (except perhaps for a bit more heart). Dynamic characters, gorgeous pastiche score, pace and momentum and crazy goings-on on a smartly designed turntable set within a vast decaying apartment. Brilliant. Then when the chaos receded and 2 lonely people stood out on that balcony to sing "People Like Us", I was in Broadway heaven. It didn't all work as well as its best moments, but that was a night to remember.