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  • Audio CD (16 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00004TY8Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Sheet music  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  1. Queenie Was a BlondeStephen Oremus;Julia Murney;Brian d'Arcy James 5:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Out of the BlueStephen Oremus;Julia Murney;Brian d'Arcy James 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. What a PartyStephen Oremus;Brian d'Arcy James 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Raise the RoofStephen Oremus;Julia Murney 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Look at Me NowStephen Oremus 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Poor ChildStephen Oremus;Julia Murney;Brian d'Arcy James 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. An Old-Fashioned Love StoryStephen Oremus;Alix Korey 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. By Now the Room Was MovingStephen Oremus;Brian d'Arcy James;Julia Murney 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. The JuggernautStephen Oremus 5:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. A Wild, Wild PartyStephen Oremus;Julia Murney;Brian d'Arcy James 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Two of a KindStephen Oremus 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Maybe I Like It This WayStephen Oremus;Julia Murney 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. What Is It About Her?Stephen Oremus;Brian d'Arcy James;Julia Murney 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. The Life of the PartyStephen Oremus;Idina Menzel 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. I'll Be HereStephen Oremus;Taye Diggs 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Let Me DrownStephen Oremus;Brian d'Arcy James 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Tell Me SomethingStephen Oremus;Julia Murney 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Come With MeStephen Oremus;Julia Murney 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Jackie's Last DanceStephen Oremus 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Make Me HappyStephen Oremus;Brian d'Arcy James;Julia Murney 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. How Did We Come To This?/Queenie Was a Blonde (reprise)Stephen Oremus;Julia Murney 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 

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New Yorker writer Joseph Moncure March's novella-length poem, The Wild Party, a verse depiction of roaring '20s decadence, was published in 1928 and fell out of copyright in 1994. Soon after, it began to attract the attention of theater people, and, amazingly enough, two competing New York theater companies ended up mounting entirely different musical versions of it within two months of each other in the second half of the 1999-2000 season: The Manhattan Theatre Club opened its production at its off-Broadway house, while the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival mounted its production on Broadway. This album contains the Manhattan Theatre Club Wild Party, which was written -- book, music, and lyrics -- by Andrew Lippa. Lippa, who added some good songs to a revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown but had not previously written a full-length musical, is an eclectic composer who uses period styles as a reference. The score begins with a growling horn, recalling Duke Ellington's Jungle Band, for example, and the sound of the song "Old-Fashioned Love Story" (a tribute to lesbianism) is informed by Kurt Weill's German theater music. But Lippa does not feel constrained to maintain strict historical accuracy in his music, prominently using an electric guitar in many songs and bringing in other elements of rock and R&B. Similarly, his lyrics indulge in occasional anachronisms -- or was the term "bottom-feeding," for instance, which appears in "Out of the Blue," coined by the 1920s? As such, his Wild Party mixes the 1920s with the 1990s, which is appropriate, since its story of licentiousness and its consequences plays as well at the turn of the century as it did in the interwar period. The challenge with a show called The Wild Party that is full of sex, drugs, and violence is to address effectively its contrasting moods, and Lippa does this by taking an episodic approach. Many of the show's songs are set pieces that could be lifted out of the storyline, and they give the performers solo showcases. Julia Murney, who plays the female lead, Queenie, particularly benefits from this structure, but so does Idina Menzel, who plays Kate, a prostitute who sings the catchy act two opener, "The Life of the Party." Lippa's score is tuneful, and his handling of the material is direct, very different from LaChiusa's more abstract score and the highly stylized staging LaChiusa's director/co-librettist, George C. Wolfe, gave to the competing Broadway production. But Lippa's version of The Wild Party ultimately can't overcome the slightness of its source material and ends up being a minor, if lively, operetta in which kohl-eyed vamps and jealous men drink, love, and fight, or rather give the appearance of those things while actually singing and dancing. (The Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party opened Off-Broadway at City Center Stage I on February 24, 2000 and closed after 88 performances.)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Randall on 29 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
I absolutley love this cd, it's incredible. 4 brilliant leads. Taye Diggs has such a beautiful voice! Idina Menzel makes this musical, with her HUGE, amazing, breathtaking voice, I could listen to it all day. Infact sometimes I do! I don't understand why this didn't make it to Broadway. A must have for your cd collection. Jazzy, sexy and just plain fantastic.

Best songs include:-

Life Of The Party, Look At Me Now, Poor Child, Let Me Drown, What Is It About Her?, The Juggernaut, Come With Me, and a Wild, Wild Party.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Selina D. Moses on 20 April 2008
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this is a fantastic recording with some wacky songs and strong characterisation. brian d'arcy james and julia murney really stand out as the powerhouse leads with taye diggs and idina menzel as supporting cast. their voices blend in together extremely well and they all, especially julia murney, really bring their character to life. highly recommended
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Electrifying! Newcomer Julia Murney Rocks The House! 9 Aug. 2000
By Robert Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just recently purchased this CD and was instantly blown away by the music and the TREMENDOUS singers. The cast of 19 features some old faces as well as new. Brian D'Arcy James (Barett of TITANIC) potrays Burrs, the Vaudeville clown involved with Queenie, potrayed by fabulous newcomer Julia Murney. Kate, the prostitute, who longs for Burrs is played by familiar face Idina Menzel (Maureen of RENT) Kate's date for the WILD PARTY is Black, who instantly becomes entranced with Queenie's beauty and sadness, is played by rising star Taye Diggs (Benny of RENT, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE..., GO). Other notable party goers include Alex Kori (who stood by for B. Buckley in TRIUMPH OF LOVE), Raymond Jaramillo McLeod (Peron in National Tour EVITA), and Jennifer Cody (Silly Girl of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Cha Cha of GREASE)
All the songs are phenomenal and energetic. Everyone here is a triple threat. The singers are sensational. I couldn't believe my ears on some of the belting harmonies that occur. Julia Murney, just absolutely steals the show. Her powerful voice can be compared to the DIVA, Alice Ripley! The shear power and emotion behind Julia's voice in songs like "Out of the Blue" "Maybe I Like It That Way" and "How Did We Come To This" is just incredible. Playing her opposite is Brian D'Arcy James, who does not upset at all with his maniacal "Make Me Happy" and a more tender "What Is It About Her?" His voice is strong, clear and powerful, and gives us a nice earful of his belting ability.
Taye Diggs sings his smoothe and sultry songs, his character seems to be the only one who feels anything. He is very distraught over what is going on between Burrs and Queenie. Idina Menzel knocks us dead once again with her powerful, jazzy, rock voice that she displayed in RENT. She's sassy, she's cute, she's sexy, she's Kate who loves to have a good time, a boy does she! "Look At Me Now" and "The Life Of The Party" definitely give Idina her glorious moments to belt her little heart out, not to mention her growls! Also in one of the chorus songs, where they all belt these harmony notes, Idina tears through, and out blasts everyone!
Alex Corey plays Madeline True, a lesbian party goer. Her solo "Old Fashioned Love Story" is a riot and a half, not to mention a belt fest. (Dang, what song ISN'T Belted on this CD? :)
By just listening to the CD it is kind of hard to follow the story. There is a synopsis included, for those of us who haven't seen the show, and don't know the story line. There are also lyrics, and some quite beautiful "CABARET"ish photos inside. This CD is definitely worth it, especially for those of you who love DIVAS and DIVA, BELT shows like (DREAM GIRLS, SIDE SHOW and ROCKY HORROR SHOW). By one minute into it, I bet your leg'll be tapping!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Andrew Lippa's WILD PARTY -- alive & well & unforgettable! 11 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow. The life of this exuberant and passionate WILD PARTY has translated so well to CD. Having seen the show at Manhattan Theatre Club earlier this spring, I can tell you that this recording is simply amazing. The voices are tremendous, especially Julia Murney (Queenie), who's heartbreakingly expressive as she sings "Maybe I Like It This Way" and lights a diva fire with "Raise the Roof". Idina Menzel (Kate) rocks the house with "Life of the Party" and "Look at Me Now." Brian D'Arcy James voice is completely magnetic as he portrays of Burrs, Queenie's abusive lover -- when he unravels during "Let Me Drown" (those of us who saw the show) you know this was one of the great moments of this year's theater season. Taye Diggs played Black -- and his voice is just a slice of heaven! When these four sing "Poor Child" -- it's mesmerizing to hear their voices weave over one another as they express their different points of view. The number is vaguely operatic, yet completely accessible.
The CD has almost every number from the show (with the exception of one song, I think) -- and you can pretty much follow the story by listening along. Of course at some point, you'll probably feel like hitting your kitchen dance floor on ensemble numbers like "Wild, Wild Party" or "The Juggernaut"!
What more can I say? These are real songs that stick with you, long after you've left the theater or turned off the stereo. This is stuff you want on full blast at your own Wild Party! Enjoy!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
So torn... 10 Mar. 2006
By Aidan Reilly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's very hard for me to give this album less than 4 stars. For a long while, it's been in perpetual rotation on my iTunes, and right from the start it's been one of my favorite cast albums. But a few days ago, I listened to the entire record straight through, and came to a painful conclusion -

Andrew Lippa is a terrible lyricist. I mean, really, not just bad, terrible. "Tasty, like birds of prey 'round the hors 'oeuvres tray"? "Will he really die for you, or is that just the after-dinner show"? "Let's get out there and tear up the carpet-mat"? Taken out of context, they may seem a little out of wack, but when set to music, the effect is uncomfortable - Lippa's fond of sacrificing logic for the sake of matching rhythm and rhyme. I simply can't take Brian D'Arcy James seriously when he's belting "HE WAS A VERY SCARY CLOOOOOWN!" at the top of his lungs.

Which brings me to the selling point of the record - actually, the two selling points. One is Lippa's score. Holy Christ, the music NEVER lets up here - it gets the pulse pumping, the heart racing, and it makes you want to reach out and grab the nearest seven people for a night of debauchery. Lippa's pastiche of hot jazz, funk, gospel, pop and rock, while not exactly period-appropriate, is endlessly fun to listen to. And the extreme vocal demands of the score are more than matched by the cast. Julia Murney belts ALL of her songs right out of the park (and I do mean all - Lippa writes songs for women more or less in dog's-ear range), Brian D'Arcy James' clear tenor constantly astonishes with its range while expressing a huge display of emotion and character, and Idina Menzel gives everything she has to her showcase numbers, growling and screaming and generally setting the mic on fire. Even the secondary characters are great - Alix Korey is endlessly funny with one of Lippa's more clever lyrical turns in "Old-Fashioned Love Story", Raymond Jaramillo McLeod is charming and lovable in his duet with Jennifer Cody, and the ensemble lends their powerful voices to various parts in the group numbers. The only one who strikes a sour note is Taye Diggs - he's either too monotone and flat, or indulging in pop-diva histrionics in place of emotion.

If you're not bothered by awkward turns of phrase, this is an unmitigated purchase. Even if you're big on lyrics, you should still give this recording a try - it contains some of the most genuinely exciting music written for theater in the past ten years, socked over by an obscenely talented cast.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Wild, Wild Party 12 July 2000
By Michael A. Benedetto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It shouldn't be a slur to point out that this was the more lightweight of this season's two WP musicals. Where Michael John LaChiusa's version succeeded by grounding the story in the context of the twenties (including the characteristic sounds), Andrew Lippa's just sets out to have a darn good time. And that it does. While the tragedy of the story is not underplayed (indeed, it's really vivid in the lead performances of Julia Murney, Taye Diggs, Brian D'Arcy James and Idina Menzel), there's an irrepressible optimism bubbling away underneath it, palpable in such numbers as "Raise the Roof," "A Wild, Wild Party," and Alix Korey's outstanding solo "An Old-Fashioned Love Story".
Given that the more reflective numbers are just as memorable (with "Maybe I Like it This Way," "What Is it About Her?" and "How Did We Come to This?" the standouts), this is one dazzling disc. Much of the score is omitted to fit a single CD (most of it recitative and dance music), but those unfamiliar with the show shouldn't notice a thing.
And who'll be able to resist playing the two PARTYs back to back?
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Party Well Worth Attending 17 Oct. 2000
By Jason D. Witte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Already a fan of Andrew Lippa's exquisite "john & jen," I knew that he was a gifted composer. But I don't think anything could have prepared me for the blazing score that is "The Wild Party." If more composers and lyricists had half of Lippa's gift for melody and lyrics, his energy, and his enthusiasm, musical theatre would have the same vibrancy it did in the so-called Golden Age of Broadway. Lippa is definitely a force to be reckoned with, and as long as he continues to work in musical theatre, we who are fans of that art form will have much to enjoy and savor. I would even go so far as to say that Lippa may be the true heir apparent to Sondheim: this is a score that not only entertains and delights, it is also provocative and intelligent.
Lippa's music is endlessly brilliant. These are songs that get my adrenaline pumping, and make me want to get on my feet and dance. I play it in my car and find myself pounding away on the steering wheel and dashboard, accompanying the rhythms that drive and invigorate the music. These are melodies that are instantly memorable, burning themselves into the brain as soon as they are heard. Michael Gibson's orchestrations are delightfully funky and idiosyncratic -- I mean, electric guitar in a roaring 20s musical? -- and are the perfect complement to Lippa's music.
His lyrics are entertaining and playful, and rest easily on the music -- repeated listenings aren't necessary to understand and follow the lyrics. The standout song lyrically is, for me, 'An Old-Fashioned Love Story,' it is at once hysterically funny and wistfully sad.
The pacing of the songs is impeccable, no doubt due to Lippa's book, with great balance between full-throttle beltable songs and quietly reflective songs, and as a result the listener is not worn out by too many high energy songs in a row. Lippa also wisely keeps the focus on the four central characters, only occasionally drawing attention to the supporting characters. At the same time, these supporting characters aren't two-dimensional -- they are given their due in the ensemble numbers, but only rarely are any of them given their own numbers. I am reminded of Sondheim's focus on George and Dot in "Sunday in the Park with George."
Along with "The Secret Garden," this is the best ensemble work I have heard. The four leads -- Taye Diggs, Brian d'Arcy James, Idina Menzel, and Julia Murney -- are all gifted with gloriously expressive voices, at once belters and character singers. Their quartet in 'Poor Child,' is perfectly balanced, their voices weaving in and out of one another's, creating an astounding vocal tapestry. The other performers who are given solo work, especially the showstopping Alix Korey as Madeline, are equally as brilliant as the leads. And when the entire company is singing -- most notably in 'A Wild, Wild Party' -- the result is nothing short of electrifying.
In "The Wild Party," Andrew Lippa has not only created an ectrifying and memorable score, he catapaults to the forefront of the up-and-coming generation of composers. Adam Guettel, Michael John LaChiusa, and Jason Robert Brown, as good as you guys are, watch out: Andrew Lippa has finally arrived, and as long as he continues in musical theatre, you three have incredible competition.
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