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Sutton Foster and Steven Pasquale Celebrate a Jubilant Opening Night in The Wild Party

Andrew Lippa's musical returns to New York City via Encores! Off-Center.

Andrew Lippa and Sutton Foster take a bow on the opening night of The Wild Party at New York City Center.
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Leigh Silverman's Encores! Off-Center revival of Andrew Lippa's musical The Wild Party celebrated its opening night at New York City Center on July 15. The production continues through July 18.

Starring two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster as Queenie, The Wild Party also features Brandon Victor Dixon (Motown the Musical) as Black, Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County) as Burrs, Miriam Shor (Younger) as Madelaine True, Ryan Andes (Big Fish) as Eddie, Joaquina Kalukango (Holler If Ya Hear Me) as Kate, and Talene Monahon (Permission) as Mae. The ensemble is made up of Penelope Armstead-Williams, James Brown III, Rachel De Benedet, Raymond J. Lee, Kenita R. Miller, Sydney Morton, Clifton Oliver, Charlie Pollock, Britton Smith, Ryan Steele, and Samantha Sturm.

Lippa's The Wild Party, adapted from the Jazz Age narrative poem by Joseph Moncure March, is the story of one tragic, decadent night in a Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie and her menacing lover Burrs. The couple decides to throw the party to end all parties, where Queenie meets a handsome stranger who wants to lure her away. The show opened at Manhattan Theatre Club on February 24, 2000, and played 54 performances, with Pasquale making his New York stage debut in the ensemble. Choreography is by Sonya Tayeh with Chris Fenwick serving as music director.

Check out TheaterMania's photos from the festivities in the gallery below.

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