Ryan Andes (Big Fish) will replace John Ellison Conlee (Murder Ballad) as Eddie in Leigh Silverman's Encores! Off-Center revival of Andrew Lippa's musical The Wild Party, which will run from July 15-18 at New York City Center. Conlee has bowed out because of scheduling conflicts.
Andes joins a cast led by two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster (Violet) as Queenie, Brandon Victor Dixon (Motown the Musical) as Black, Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County) as Burrs, Miriam Shor (Younger) as Madelaine True, John Ellison Conlee (Murder Ballad) as Eddie, Talene Monahon (Permission) as Mae, and Joaquina Kalukango (Our Lady of Kibeho) as Kate. Monahon and Kalukango replace originally announced cast members Kimiko Glenn and Ciara Renée.
The ensemble is made up of Renée Albulario, Penelope Armstead-Williams, James Brown III, Rachel DeBenedet, 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.
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