“The Wild Party” Slated To Bring The Roaring Twenties To Richmond With Style
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Andrew Lippa’s truly wild musical The Wild Party is risqué. It has sex of a few varieties, booze, and death, the former two being largely illegal around when the poem that birthed the story was written.
The speakeasy culture of the prohibition era perhaps doesn’t get illustrated enough, if it was anything like The Wild Party, that is.
It’s the quintessential ‘risqué’ musical, and it opens this Friday at the Firehouse Theatre Project. Director Jase Smith is extremely excited to bring the play to Richmond. The indelicate, but romantic, musical has its obvious draws for the casual theater goer- it’s loud, exciting, sexy, and intense. But Smith said that theatre folk have a particular affinity for the production, partly because the caution and tact required to pull it off often aren’t worth it to produce.
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“It’s really one of those favorite type of musicals,” said Smith. “It doesn’t get produced a lot because it’s really, like the title says, wild. It’s a really difficult show. Its only music- it’s kind of like an operetta”
The firehouse Theatre Project is glad to take on these types of plays. The have produced a musical version of Reefer Madness, a musical that takes place in a trailer park, and as Smith put it “musicals that are really out there.” So naturally he felt The Wild Party a good fit. Although he described it as quite a difficult production, there is no lack of confidence on their part. Like Smith said, it is a favorite for theatre people, meaning specifically those who are or have been involved in musical theatre, and so filling the bill with the “enormous” cast of characters was doable in Richmond.
“That’s our thing,” Smith said. “We do the off-beat”. The theatre could be called quirky, being in an actual fire house, but I don’t see putting on plays other people are apprehensive about as quirky. It’s important.
“It’s something you don’t normally get in Richmond.” Smith said. Not that he was implying RVA couldn’t handle it, but rather because Richmond’s past is certainly not less puritanical than the places which once banned the original narrative poem by Joseph Moncure March. And now the adventurous play, almost 15-years-old and having started off-broadway where it because a hit with musical theatre people, comes to town.
The Wild Party, the story of newfound, and shortly thereafter, tainted love and a whole slew of crazy events surrounding a very, very wild party in the roaring twenties. Something about sex, jazz music, show tunes and violence seems to belong in the theatre. People at their worst and best, and characters of wild variety, making a sizzling hot ruckus seems to be organic musical material, and the Firehouse Theatre is poised to show how that works out.
You can buy tickets for the Wild Party through the Firehouse Theater Website here.
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