The Wild Party [La Chiusa] [Broadway]

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 601215900323
  • Catalog Number: 159003
  • Sales rank: 108,328

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Queenie Was a Blonde (3:10)
  2. 2 Marie Is Tricky (2:06)
  3. 3 Wild Party (4:34)
  4. 4 Dry (1:32)
  5. 5 Welcome to My Party (2:32)
  6. 6 Like Sally (1:46)
  7. 7 Breezin' Through Another Day (2:03)
  8. 8 Uptown (1:38)
  9. 9 Eddie and Mae (2:43)
  10. 10 Gold and Goldberg (1:16)
  11. 11 Moving Uptown (2:46)
  12. 12 Best Friend (1:50)
  13. 13 Little MMM (2:07)
  14. 14 Tabu/Taking Care of the Ladies (4:26)
  15. 15 Wouldn't It Be Nice? (3:03)
  16. 16 Lowdown-Down (3:04)
  17. 17 Gin/Wild (6:57)
  18. 18 Black Is a Moocher (2:44)
  19. 19 People Like Us (4:22)
  20. 20 After Midnight Dies (1:38)
  21. 21 Golden Boy (2:24)
  22. 22 Movin' Uptown Blues (2:47)
  23. 23 Lights of Broadway (1:23)
  24. 24 More (1:43)
  25. 25 Love Ain't Nothin'/Welcome to Her Party (2:31)
  26. 26 How Many Women in the World? (2:37)
  27. 27 When It Ends (2:43)
  28. 28 This Is What It Is (1:59)
  29. 29 Finale (3:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eartha Kitt
Mandy Patinkin
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
Steve Kenyon Woodwind
Ashley Horne Violin
Michael McElroy
Sally Murphy
Norm Lewis
Technical Credits
Phil Ramone Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Paula Scher Artwork
Miguel Covarrubias Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I like this one better.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lippa's is better

    The Version done by Lippa is a LOT better.. Some names of other: Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, etc..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF THE MUSICALS EVER!!!

    THE MUSIC IS GREAT!!! ANY TRUE MUSICAL FAN WILL LOVE THIS CD!!

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