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The Wild Party, a classic epic poem, is Joseph Moncure March's first published work. Upon its 1928 publication the poem was widely banned, first in Boston, for having content viewed as wild as the titular party. Despite and perhaps in part thanks to the controversy surrounding his work, the poem was a success, though March's subsequent projects, viewed when published as at least slightly less controversial, were more mainstream. In mathematics, see epic morphism. ... Joseph Moncure March, American poet/essayist (born July 27, 1899 New York, New York) (death February 14, 1977 Los Angeles, California). ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Boston is a town and small port c. ...


March's literary influence is great, even with this somewhat lesser-known work. When asked once about March's The Wild Party, the acclaimed writer William Burroughs replied, "It's the book that made me want to be a writer." William S. Burroughs. ...


The plot might seem more simple than it actually is. Showpeople Queenie and her lover Burrs, who live in a manner considered edgy and decadent at the time, decide to have one of their parties, complete with illegal bathtub gin and the couple's colorful, eccentric and egocentric friends, but the party does not unfold without more tumultuous goings-on than planned. Each of the primary characters is vibrant and established.


A popular new version of the paperback was released in 1994 with the subtitle "The Lost Classic," featuring around fifty black-and-white illustrations by Art Spiegelman, a long-time admirer of the poem. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Art Spiegelman (born February 15, 1948) is a Jewish, Swedish American comics artist, editor and advocate for the medium of comics. ...


The Wild Party has been adapted into a poorly-received movie, in 1975, and two well-reviewed stage musicals, both produced in the same theater season, one on Broadway and the other off-Broadway. Motion picture The Wild Party (1975) directed by James Ivory and starring James Coco as Jolly Grimm and Raquel Welch as Queenie. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... This article is about the street in New York City. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ...


Musical Theater Adaptations

LaChiusa-composed version

One version of The Wild Party was written by Michael John LaChiusa (music, lyrics, and book) and George C. Wolfe (book). It opened at the Virginia Theatre on Broadway on April 13, 2000 and closed on July 11, 2000 (68 performances). It starred Toni Collette as Queenie, Mandy Patinkin as Burrs, Yancey Arias as Mr. Black, Tonya Pinkins as Kate, Marc Kudisch as Jackie, and Eartha Kitt as Delores. Michael John LaChiusa (born 1962) is a musical theatre composer and lyricist best known for his unusual sounding compositions for shows in the post-modern school. ... George C. Wolfe (September 23, 1954 - ) is an African-American playwright and director of theater and film. ... Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Antonia Collette (born November 1, 1972 in Blacktown, New South Wales) is an Australian actress. ... Mandy Patinkin Mandel Bruce Patinkin (born November 30, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois), is a Jewish-American actor and renowned tenor. ... Tonya Pinkins, in a still from All My Children. ... Marc Kudisch is an American stage actor. ... Eartha Kitt, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1952 Eartha Mae Kitt (born January 17, 1927), is an actress and singer whose mother was African American and Cherokee, and whose father was white. ...


The show was nominated for 7 2000 Tony Awards: Best Musical; Best Book of a Musical; Best Original Musical Score; Best Actor in a Musical (Patinkin); Best Actress in a Musical (Collette); Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Kitt); Best Lighting Design. This article is about the year 2000. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ... Mandy Patinkin Mandel Bruce Patinkin (born November 30, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois), is a Jewish-American actor and renowned tenor. ... Antonia Collette (born November 1, 1972 in Blacktown, New South Wales) is an Australian actress. ... Eartha Kitt, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1952 Eartha Mae Kitt (born January 17, 1927), is an actress and singer whose mother was African American and Cherokee, and whose father was white. ...


Toni Collette received a 2000 Theatre World Award, and Collette, Patinkin and Kitt were nominated for Drama Desk Awards. Antonia Collette (born November 1, 1972 in Blacktown, New South Wales) is an Australian actress. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Antonia Collette (born November 1, 1972 in Blacktown, New South Wales) is an Australian actress. ... Mandy Patinkin Mandel Bruce Patinkin (born November 30, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois), is a Jewish-American actor and renowned tenor. ... Eartha Kitt, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1952 Eartha Mae Kitt (born January 17, 1927), is an actress and singer whose mother was African American and Cherokee, and whose father was white. ... The Drama Desk Awards are awards given by the organization Drama Desk to honor New York City theater performers, both in Broadway shows but also off-Broadway as well. ...


Critics and theatergoers have compared LaChiusa to Stephen Sondheim for the complexity of his work, and this show to Sondheim's for its complexity. Stephen Joshua Sondheim (born March 22, 1930) is an American musical theater lyricist and composer. ... Stephen Joshua Sondheim (born March 22, 1930) is an American musical theater lyricist and composer. ...


Lippa-composed version

The second musical version, created by Andrew Lippa, premiered at almost exactly the same time as the LaChiusa version, staged off-Broadway by the Manhattan Theater Club. The characters and plot are similar, but the music is drastically different. It has been noted that the songs in Lippa's score do not depend upon the context of the show, which some feel enhance and others feel detract from the production itself. This version starred Julia Murney as Queenie, Brian D'Arcy James as Burrs, Idina Menzel as Kate, and Taye Diggs as Mr. Black, and was nominated for several Drama Desk Awards. Andrew Lippa Andrew Lippa is an American composer, lyricist, book writer, performer and producer, and the resident artist at the Ars Nova Theater in New York City. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... Idina Menzel. ... Taye Diggs (born January 2, 1972) is an African-American actor. ... Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ...


In 2004, the Lippa musical was produced for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Categories: Festival stubs | Edinburgh ...


Comparison and Popular Attitudes

Both shows were thought to be highlights of the theater season.


March purists tend to insist that the LaChiusa version of the show rarely if ever wavers from the poem while the Lippa version de-emphasizes the ensemble nature of Moncure's party in focusing more on its leads and upon a love triangle which is not at all central to the poem.


The LaChiusa version is an ensemble show with uniformly strong character development. Some criticize the Lippa version for its lack of focus upon central characters like Jackie, who is made a silent chorus dancer in the Lippa show.


While the music in the multi-layered LaChiusa version is furthers the plot and character development to great avail, Lippa's version is agreed to be more widely accessible. Also, LaChiusa's music adheres more to traditional jazz in a largely successful attempt to reflect the 1928 setting and is darker overall, while Lippa's score is more modern in its musical style and the show thematically lighter. 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Many regard the Andrew Lippa version much better than the LaChiusa version.


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The Wild Party, a classic epic poem, is Joseph Moncure March's first published work.
Upon its 1928 publication the poem was widely banned, first in Boston, for having content viewed as wild as the titular party.
The Wild Party has been adapted into a poorly-received movie, in 1975, and two stage musicals.
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