LaChiusa's Wild Party Given Rare Mounting at Yale, Oct. 2-4

News   LaChiusa's Wild Party Given Rare Mounting at Yale, Oct. 2-4 The Wild Party, Michael John LaChiusa's musical of a Jazz Age party gone wrong, which has a brief and tumultuous run on Broadway in 2000, will get a rare staging, at Yale University Oct. 2-4.

The production is part of the Yale Cabaret, a showcase of the university's famed School of Drama. Benjamin Morse, the artistic director of the cabaret, will direct the musical, which has music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and a book by George C. Wolfe, the show's original director.

The show was one of two musicals of the 1999-2000 New York season to be based on a 1920s poem by Joseph Moncure March. The plot concerns Burrs, a vicious vaudevillian, and Queenie, a vivacious flapper, and the booze, sex and violence-filled party they throw one night.

The show ran for 68 performances at the Virginia Theatre. Toni Collette starred as Queenie and Mandy Patinkin was Burrs. Eartha Kitt, Marc Kudisch and Tonya Pinkins also starred.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 dollars for students. Reservations for can be made by phone (203) 432-1566. Yale Cabaret is located at 217 Park Street, in New Haven.

* Separate cast recordings of the LaChiusa and Andrew Lippa scores are in stores.

The cast of the original Broadway production of LaChiusa's <i>The Wild Party</i>.
The cast of the original Broadway production of LaChiusa's The Wild Party. Photo by Aubrey Reuben