Donna McKechnie Heading to London for The Wild Party

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Michael John LaChiusa’s musical will play London’s Other Palace.
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Donna McKechnie

A Chorus Line Tony winner Donna McKechnie, who will appear in Carefree: Dancin' With Fred & Ginger November 4-5 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, told the Asbury Park Press that she has been cast in the forthcoming London production of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party.

As previously reported, LaChiusa's 2000 Broadway musical version of The Wild Party is to be staged as the inaugural production of the Other Palace Theatre, the new name for the St. James Theatre, which is intended to provide a home and breeding ground for musicals new and old, complete and in development.

Producer Paul Taylor Mills has been appointed as its new artistic director and will produce The Wild Party, reuniting with Drew McOnie, who choreographed his London premiere of In the Heights and who will now serve as both director and choreographer for The Wild Party, which will begin performances February 11, 2017, prior to an official opening February 20 for a run through April 1.

The cast will also include Tony winner Frances Ruffelle (the original Eponine in Les Misérables) as Queenie. Musical direction is by Theo Jamieson, with designs by Soutra Gilmour and lighting by Richard Howell.

McKechnie, last on Broadway as Chita Rivera's standby in The Visit, also said she would like to return to The Great White Way. "Of course, are you kidding? It’s the greatest place,” McKechnie said. “I’m in love with New York. I’m in love with Broadway, I’m in love with everyone who works in the theatre. It's quite a tremendous community."

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