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Krannert Center Events: 2023-2024 Season

About This Event

Book, lyrics, and music by Andrew Lippa

Danny Yoerges and Rachel Rizzuto, directors
Julie Jordan Gunn, conductor

A steamy prohibition tale, steamrolling and roaring its way across the stage,  Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party was an Off-Broadway gem that garnered an array of industry accolades, including Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie awards. Based on Joseph Moncure March's 1928 narrative poem of the same name, this darkly brilliant show features one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written.

Lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw the party-to-end-all-parties in their New Orleans row house. After the colorful arrival of a slew of guests living life on the edge, Queenie's wandering eyes land on a striking man named Black. As the decadence is reaching a climax, so is Burrs' jealousy, which erupts and sends him into a violent rage. Gun in hand and inhibitions abandoned, Burrs turns on Queenie and Black. The gun gets fired, but who's been shot?

This performance contains sexual content and violence, and is intended for mature audiences only.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 7:30PM in the Tryon Festival Theatre

Thursday, November 9 - Friday, November 10, 2023 at 7:30PM in the Tryon Festival Theatre

See the Krannert Center website for more details and to purchase tickets.

Featured Items from MPAL's Collection

Highlights From "The Wild Party" Starring Sutton Foster and Steven Pasquale