Book, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
February 2-24, 2008
16 Performances Only!
PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED
Producer: Heather Siobhan Curran/The Gallery Players
Director: Neal Freeman
Musical Director: Jeffrey Campos
Choreographer: Brian Swasey
Set Designer: Hannah Shafran
Costume Designer: Summer Lee Jack
Lighting Designer: John Eckert
Production Stage Manager: Emily Ballou
Associate Producer: Becca Goland-Van Ryn
Pictured: Nicole Sterling as Queenie and Zak Edwards Oscar D’Armano in The Gallery Players production of The Wild Party. Photo by Jennifer Maufrais Kelly.
Featuring: Justin Birdsong, Julie Cardia*, Rebecca Cox, Zak Edwards*, Matthew Gray, Jonathan Hack*, Tauren Hagans, Justin Herfel*, Michael Jones, KC Leiber, Matthew Oaks, Jeremy Ritz, Julia Royter, Allie Schulz, Ashley Speigel, Nicole Sterling*, Theis Weckesser*, and Jennifer Wren*
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association
The Wild Party Band Jeffrey Campos (conductor/keyboard), Sharon Fischman (percussion), Paul Hemmings (guitar), Joshua Johnson (reeds), John S. Kramer (trumpet), Masataka Odaka (bass)
February heats up in Brooklyn with The Gallery Playersâ€™ production of the high-octane musical The Wild Party. With music, book, and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (john and jen, Broadwayâ€™s â€¦Charlie Brown, upcoming The Addams Family), The Wild Party features high-energy performances by a cast of 18 and one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores for a musical ever written. Winner of the 2000 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and a 2000 Drama Desk Award for Best Music, The Wild Party runs for 16 performances only, February 2-24, 2008.
Pictured: Jonathan Hack as Burrs (center) in The Gallery Players production of The Wild Party. Photo by Jennifer Maufrais Kelly.
Adapted from a book-length poem written in and about the Roaring Twenties, The Wild Party tells the story of Queenie and Burrs, a vaudeville couple whose relationship is marked by vicious behavior and recklessness, mirroring the times in which they live. They decide to throw a party to end all parties, inviting an assortment of people living on the edge for one wild evening in their Manhattan apartment. During the long night of decadence, relationships are forged and torn apart, and one party-goerâ€™s life comes to a violent end. Will any of these revelers find the light of hope at the end of this dark night?
The cast of The Wild Party brings exceptional talent to Brooklyn. Audiences will see Broadway stars of tomorrow up-close and personal, including: Allie Schulz (runner-up on NBCâ€™s Grease: You’re the One That I Want which was seen by millions of television viewers last year), Nicole Sterling (appeared in World Premiere of Sondheim’s Bounce at The Goodman and Kennedy Center), and other veterans of National Tours, Off-Broadway, and Regional productions across the country.
Neal J. Freeman, whose previous credits at The Gallery Players include The Learned Ladies, As You Like It, The Laramie Project, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), directs. Of The Wild Party at The Gallery Players, Freeman says: â€œI’m excited that New Yorkers will get another chance to see this amazing show. Although a Broadway version of the same source poem may have overshadowed Mr. Lippa’s darkly energetic piece when it premiered at MTC in 2000, I believe that our production can bring back some of the attention that this musical so richly deserves.â€
ANDREW LIPPA is currently penning the music and lyrics for a new musical based on Jules Feiffer’s The Man In the Ceiling (with book by Mr. Feiffer) which is being produced by Disney Theatricals for Broadway. Mr. Lippa wrote the music for Aaron Sorkin’s (The West Wing, A Few Good Men) new play The Farnsworth Invention now playing on Broadway. His other musicals include Asphalt Beach (music and lyrics), A Little Princess (book and lyrics by Brian Crawley), and john & jen (music and lyrics, co-wrote book with Tom Greenwald). In 1999 Mr. Lippa contributed three new songs to the Broadway version of Youâ€™re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and created all new arrangements. Mr. Lippa’s recordings include cast albums for The Wild Party (also produced), â€¦Charlie Brown (Grammy Award nomination), both on RCA Victor; and john & jen (also assoc. produced for Fynsworth Alley). Mr. Lippa has been music director for Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth since 1999.
Pictured: The Company of The Gallery Players production of The Wild Party. Photo by Jennifer Maufrais Kelly.
The Wild Party opens Saturday, February 2 and runs through Sunday, February 24, 2008 (16 performances only). Performances take place Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8PM; Sundays at 3PM. Additionally, The Gallery Players is offering a Saturday matinee performance at 2PM on Saturday, February 16 and Saturday, February 23 only. A complete listing of performances dates and times can be found below.
Tickets are $18 for Adults, $14 for Senior Citizens and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased 24/7 online at www.galleryplayers.com or by calling TheaterMania at (212) 352-3101 (phone hours 9-9 weekdays, 10-6 weekends).
The Gallery Players is located at 199 14th St., between 4th and 5th Aves. in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Take the F Train to 4th Ave. or the R Train to 9th Street. By car: BQE to Hamilton Avenue to 14th Street.
Performance Schedule (16 performances only):
Saturday, February 2 at 8PM (Opening Night) Sold out
Sunday, February 3 at 3PM
Thursday, February 7 at 8PM
Friday, February 8 at 8PM
Saturday, February 9 at 8PM
Sunday, February 10 at 3PM
Thursday, February 14 at 8PM
Friday, February 15 at 8PM
Saturday, February 16 at 2PM
Saturday, February 16 at 8PM
Sunday, February 17 at 3PM
Thursday, February 21 at 8PM
Friday, February 22 at 8PM
Saturday, February 23 at 2PM
Saturday, February 23 at 8PM
Sunday, Feburary 24 at 3PM
Pictured: (l to r) Allie Schulz as Nadine and Julie Cardia as Kate in The Gallery Players production of The Wild Party. Photo by Jennifer Maufrais Kelly.