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: full package (The Wild Party)

17 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Reed 4
1 Trumpet 1
1 Trumpet 2
1 Trombone
1 Piano
1 Guitar
1 Drums
1 Percussion
1 Violin 1&2
1 Violin 3
1 Bass
1 Logo Pack

Instrumentatie: piano only (The Wild Party)

17 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor
1 Logo Pack

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