John Ellison Conlee Withdraws From The Wild Party at Encores!

News   John Ellison Conlee Withdraws From The Wild Party at Encores! Ryan Andes has replaced John Ellison Conlee in the July 15-18 Encores! Off-Center staging of Andrew Lippa's Wild Party, which will feature Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Queenie. 

John Ellison Conlee
John Ellison Conlee

Conlee (Murder Ballad, Full Monty) cited an unspecified scheduling conflict as the reason for his departure, just eight days before performances were scheduled to begin. Andes will replace him in the role of Eddie.

The casting change follows a similar departure a week earlier. Joaquina Kalukango and Talene Monahon replaced Ciara Renée and Kimiko Glenn, respectively. Kalukango (Holler If Ya Hear Me) will play Kate, and Monahon (Off-Broadway's Permission) will play Mae.

Besides Foster (Violet, Anything Goes) as Queenie, the cast still features Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County, Carousel) as Burrs, Brandon Victor Dixon (Motown) as Black, and original Off-Broadway Hedwig star Miriam Shor as Madelaine True.

Pasquale made his New York Stage debut in the original 2000 production of The Wild Party for MTC Theatre. He understudied the role of Burrs.

Leigh Silverman will direct The Wild Party, with choreography by Sonya Tayeh.

The ensemble will be completed by Penelope Armstead-Williams, James Brown III, Rachel DeBenedet, Raymond J. Lee, Kenita Miller, Sydney Morton, Clifton Oliver, Charlie Pollock, Britton Smith, Ryan Steele and Samantha Sturm.

Lippa’s The Wild Party, adapted from the Jazz Age narrative poem by Joseph Moncure March, "is the story of one tragic, decadent night in a Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie (Sutton Foster) and her menacing lover Burrs (Steven Pasquale). The couple decides to throw the party to end all parties, where Queenie meets a handsome stranger (Brandon Victor Dixon) who wants to lure her away."

All tickets begin at $25 and can be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix at (212) 581-1212, or online at NYCityCenter.org.

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