Is the Party over? No, but it might be postponed.
NY's Joseph Papp Public Theatre may delay its planned production of Michael John LaChiusa's new musical, The Wild Party . The tuner, to be directed by George C. Wolfe and choreographed by Joey McKneely, had been announced as beginning previews Feb. 4, 1999, but as of Dec. 3, no cast had been announced and specific dates were up in the air.
"I don't know if it's been postponed, but there has been some talk about doing it later," said Public spokesman Tom Naro. Asked if the production was off, LaChiusa's agent Charles Koppelman said "No comment." Several calls to choreographer Joey McKneely were not returned.
There was no official explanation for the possible delay. Wolfe and McKneely recently worked together on the costly Broadway revival of the musical On the Town , which opened Nov. 22 to mixed-to-positive reviews.
Wild Party is based on a poem by Joseph Moncure March about a debauched party in 1920s Hollywood. The material was also adapted into a 1975 James Ivory film starring James Coco (as a Fatty Arbuckle-type star) and Raquel Welch. LaChiusa (The First Lady Suite , The Petrified Prince ) gained a cult following with his Hello Again Off-Broadway and Chronicle of a Death Foretold on Broadway. He's also currently collaborating with director-choreographer Graciela (Ragtime ) Daniele on the Broadway-bound Marie Christine , which is described as "a quasi operatic version of Medea, set in 1880s New Orleans and Chicago."
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