The Wild Party

Schrijvers: George C. Wolfe, Michael John LaChiusa
Componist: Michael John LaChiusa

Manhattan decadence in the 1920’s provides the backdrop for this tough musical fable. Queenie, a vaudeville chorine, hosts the blow-out of the title with her vicious lover, a black-face minstrel. The guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone: Queenie’s conniving rival; a cocaine-sniffing bisexual playboy; a washed-up boxer; a black brother act; a diva of indeterminate age and infinite life experience; the fresh-off-the-farm ingénue whose naïveté quickly evaporates; a lesbian actress and her comatose girlfriend; and the bargain basement 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. When midnight debauchery leads to tragedy at dawn, the high-flying characters land with a sobering thud, reminding us that no party lasts forever.


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Instrumentatie: Wild Party - Orchestration Package (15 Books)
  • 1 – REED I (Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone)
  • 1 – REED II (Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
  • 1 – REED III (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
  • 1 – REED IV (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bariton Saxophone)
  • 1 – TRUMPET I (Doubling Flugelhorn)
  • 1 – TRUMPET II (Doubling Flugelhorn)
  • 1 – TROMBONE
  • 1 – PIANO (Doubling Celeste)
  • 1 – BASS (Acoustic Bass Doubling Tuba)
  • 1 – GUITAR (Doubling Banjo, Standard Ukulele, Baritone Ukulele)
  • 1 – VIOLIN I-II
  • 1 – VIOLIN III (Doubling Viola)
  • 1 – DRUMS (Traps, Police Whistle, Wood Block)
  • 1 – PERCUSSION (see list below)
7 Women
8 Men

Queenie - a fading vaudeville chorine, neither young nor old
Burrs - Queenie's vicious lover, a blackface vaudevillian
Jackie - a playboy of dubious sexuality
Miss Madelaine True - a nearly famous stripper
Sally - Madelaine's date, a morphine addict
Eddie Mackrel - a black, aging ex-champion of the boxing ring
Mae - Eddie's ditzy wife, a former chorine
Nadine - Mae's excitable 14-year old sister
Phil D'Armano - part of a black brother act
Oscar D'Armano - part of a black brother act
Dolores Montoya - an ageless star of yesteryear
Gold - a vaudeville producer with Broadway ambitions
Goldberg - a vaudeville producer with Broadway ambitions
Black - a handsome, suave escort
Kate - a dagger-tongued, former chorine and would-be star