The Wild PartyThe Wild Party

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa, 2011 Artist-in-Residence, NDSU Theatre
Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March

October 13-15 & 20-23
Thurs-Sat at 7:30 PM; Sun at 2 PM
Askanase Auditorium
For Mature Audiences

High School Students - Register for Drama Day!


You are invited to our own WILD PARTY directly after the production on Thursday, October 13! Meet the cast and crew while enjoying the fine coffees and treats offered at Jitter's Coffee Bar.

Thursday, October 13
Jitter's Coffee Bar - across the street from Askanase Hall!
Directly after the production.
Free to attend, coffee discounts generously offered.


  • Drama Desk Award - Outstanding Music
  • Outer Critics Circle Award - Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical
  • Lucille Lortel Award - outstanding Scenic Design
  • Lucille Lortel Award - Outstanding Lighting Design
  • Lucille Lortel Award - Outstanding Costume Design
  • Obie Award - Best Choreography

"The Wild Party conveys a sense of the decadent side of New York of the 1920s better than anything I can recall since F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby." -Hedy Weiss,Chicago Sun-Times

Taking place in the Roaring Twenties, Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie, a vaudeville dancer, and Burrs, a vaudeville clown. In a relationship marked by vicious behavior and recklessness (mirroring the time in which they live), they decide to throw a party to end all parties in an effort to generate the excitement that brought them together.

The guests include the vivacious Kate and her friend Mr. Black, Madeline the lesbian, Eddie the thug, Mae the dimwit, Jackie the dancer, lover-brothers d'Armondo, Dolores the hooker, and Nadine the minor. Burrs preys on Nadine and Queenie, in retaliation, turns her attentions to the mysterious Mr. Black.

As the party rages on, Queenie sorts through her feelings for Burrs and Mr. Black. Should she continue her violent, yet exciting, relationship with Burrs? Or leave with the virtually unknown Mr. Black? Her fate will be decided as the sun rises, but will she be happy?


The Wild Party was partially developed and received readings at The O'Neill Theatre Center during the 1997 National Music Theatre Conference. Originally Produced in New York City by The Manhattan Theatre Club. Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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