Drinking and debauchery abound in Andrew Lippa’s ‘Wild Party’

Matt Witten and Arianne Davidow star in Second Generation Theatre's production of "The Wild Party."
Michael Walline
  • By Colin Dabkowski
  • Updated 8:45 AM
    June 10, 2015

Next up in the Second Generation Theatre’s series of shows that drive drama students crazy: Andrew Lippa’s 2000 musical “The Wild Party,” a minor-key tale of dread and debauchery that has developed a cult following for its haunting score and stylized characters. Like Matthew John LaChiusa’s Broadway musical of the same name, which debuted the same season, the dark show is drawn from the pages of Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 narrative poem based on the sordid stage and love lives of performers during Prohibition.

Second Generation’s production, directed and choreographed by Michael Walline and starring Matt Witten, Steve Copps, Arianne Davidow and Lauren Nicole Alaimo, runs Friday through June 28 in the New Phoenix Theatre (95 Johnson Park). It is the show’s first professional production in Western New York.

“ ‘The Wild Party’ is such an intense show on so many levels, and that’s what I was drawn to,” Walline said. “The characters that Joseph Moncure March created in his poem that the show is based on are so dramatic and vibrant and self-absorbed. I really knew I could have a good time telling the story and delving into the relationships of all these characters.”

Tickets are $25, with more information at 508-7480 or secondgenerationtheatre.com.

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