Wild Party [La Chiusa] [Broadway]

The Wild Party [La Chiusa] [Broadway]

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THE WILD PARTY -- Joseph Moncure March's 1928 narrative poem about Prohibition-era Manhattan -- provided the inspiration for two stage musicals this year. This version, composed by Michael John LaChiusa (MARIE CHRISTINE), features a superb ensemble that includes Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense") in a stunning Broadway debut, the

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THE WILD PARTY -- Joseph Moncure March's 1928 narrative poem about Prohibition-era Manhattan -- provided the inspiration for two stage musicals this year. This version, composed by Michael John LaChiusa (MARIE CHRISTINE), features a superb ensemble that includes Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense") in a stunning Broadway debut, the versatile Mandy Patinkin, Tonya Pinkins (JELLY'S LAST JAM), and the legendary Eartha Kitt. With both THE WILD PARTY and 1999's MARIE CHRISTINE earning Tony nominations for LaChiusa this year, the songwriter consolidates his preeminence over other Broadway tunesmiths with his sophisticated, tuneful, and character-driven scores. Using jazz age, burlesque and vaudeville themes as jumping-off points, THE WILD PARTY is a completely satisfying affair that's often as dark, explosive, and exciting as the real-life Roaring Twenties it depicts.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The original cast recording of The Wild Party features performances by Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-nominee Eartha Kitt, Tony Award-winner Mandy Patinkin, and Academy Award-nominee Toni Collette. Based on Joseph Moncure March's 1928 poem about jazz-age debauchery, the show features music by Michael Joh LaChiusa, who blends elements of the era's jazz, vaudeville, and blues into tragi-comedic songs. A heartfelt document of one of 2000's most promising musicals.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0601215900323
catalogNumber:
159003

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Performance Credits

Eartha Kitt   Actress
Mandy Patinkin   Actress
Steve Bargonetti   Banjo,Guitar
Kamau Adilifu   Trumpet
Julien Barber   Violin
Bruce Coughlin   Performing Ensemble
Jimmy Cozier   Woodwind
Brian Grice   Drums
Brian O'Flaherty   Trumpet
Roger Rosenberg   Woodwind
Elliot Scheiner   Recorder
Tim Sessions   Trombone
Linda Twine   Piano
Lesa Terry   Violin
Bruce Doctor   Percussion
Stu Satalof   Trumpet
Adam Grupper   Actor
Steve Kenyon   Woodwind
Ashley Horne   Violin
Michael McElroy   Actor
Sally Murphy   Actress
Norm Lewis   Actor

Technical Credits

Phil Ramone   Producer
Paula Scher   Artwork
Miguel Covarrubias   Illustrations

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The Wild Party [La Chiusa] [Broadway] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened to the previews just out of curiosity, and while I do not for a moment doubt LaChuisa's skill (See What I Wanna See was INCREDIBLE!!), I prefer the intesity and glamour that seem to come with Lippa's songs. I'm sure this is a great album, but Lippa's production seems to hold true to March's original work in pure form.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I have heard both the Lippa and LaChiusa Wild Parties and I have to say that I am much, much more enamored with this one. While the other(Lippa) seems like a fun show with a lot of songs that are to be admired (Nothing can compare to "Old Fasioned Love Story"), The songs don't seem to work towards any kind of purpose other than to show off Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel, and tell us, rather than show us, who these characters are. This (LaChiusa) version is an actual book-musical, with songs that work towards a script(Though you can't have any sense of the book on a CD) and introduce it's characters in a way that I find more entertaining and fulfilling as a musical. Also, it does help that the performances are brilliant. Mandy Patinkin is wonderful, and he plays on the fact that Al Jolsten is freaking scary. Toni Collette plays Queenie like butter. Eartha Kitt as the aging actress Dolores simply melts my ears off in delight. The whole score evokes a classic sense of musical theatre(Fun numbers like "Eddie&Mae" "Best Friends," ballads like the beautiful "People Like Us.") while also evoking the era ("Tabu" "Marie is Tricky" "Uptown") And then overlaying a sense of danger for all involved. As a dedicated fan of the Musical Theatre, and indeed all theatre, I reccomend this CD whole-heartedly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE MUSIC IS GREAT!!! ANY TRUE MUSICAL FAN WILL LOVE THIS CD!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Version done by Lippa is a LOT better.. Some names of other: Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, etc..