Initial Casting Announced for Wild Party Twin Cities Premiere

News   Initial Casting Announced for Wild Party Twin Cities Premiere A few cast members have been announced for the upcoming production of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party in Saint Paul.

Jen Burleigh-Bentz will star as Queenie, the role originated Off-Broadway by Julia Murney. David Anderson will be Burrs, Jodi Carmeli has been cast as Kate and Nancy Marvy will play Madeline True in the production, which runs at The Historic Fitzgerald Theatre, March 16-April 3, 2005. The complete cast will be announced mid-October during a press kick-off event sanctioned by Mayor Randy Kelly.

The Wild Party debuted at Manhattan Theatre Club with a cast headed by Julia Murney, Brian d'Arcy James, Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel. Based on Joseph Moncure March's 1928 narrative poem about a violent, boozy 1920's party, the musical was directed by Gabriel Barre with choreography by Mark Dendy. That same season also saw another Wild Party, a Broadway version written by Michael John LaChiusa.

The Andrew Lippa score features such tunes as "Out of the Blue," "What a Party," "Raise the Roof," "Look at Me Now," "Poor Child," "An Old-Fashioned Love Story," "A Wild, Wild Party," "Two of a Kind," "Maybe I Like It This Way," "What Is it About Her?," "The Life of the Party," "Who is This Man?," "Listen to Me," "The Fight," "Come With Me," "How Did We Come to This?"

At the Fitzgerald Theatre (10 East Exchange Street), The Wild Party will play Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM, Sundays at 7:30 PM with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets, priced $45-$68, will go on sale in October by calling (651) 290-1221. Group sales tickets are now available by calling (612) 825-1331.

For more information visit www.thewildpartymusical.com.