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Listen  1. Queenie Was A Blonde (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Toni Collette 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Marie Is Tricky (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Mandy Patinkin 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wild Party (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Toni Collette 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dry (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Marc Kudisch 1:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Welcome To My Party (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Toni Collette 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Like Sally (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Jane Summerhays 1:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Breezin' Through Another Day (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Marc Kudisch 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Uptown (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Mandy Patinkin 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Eddie & Mae (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Various artists 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gold & Goldberg (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Various artists 1:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Moving Uptown (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Various artists 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Best Friend (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Toni Collette 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. A Little Mmm (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Various artists 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Tabu / Taking Care Of The Ladies (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Yancey Arias 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Wouldn't It Be Nice? (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Mandy Patinkin 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Lowdown-Down (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Toni Collette 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Gin / Wild (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Mandy Patinkin 6:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Black Is A Moocher (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Tonya Pinkins 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. People Like Us (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Toni Collette 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. After Midnight Dies (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Various artists 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Golden Boy (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Nathan Lee Graham 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. The Movin' Uptown Blues (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Various artists 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. The Lights Of Broadway (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Brooke Sunny Moriber 1:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. More (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Marc Kudisch 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Love Ain't Nothin'/ Welcome To Her Party (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Toni Collette 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. How Many Women In The World? (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Mandy Patinkin 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. When It Ends (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Various artists 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. This Is What It Is (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Toni Collette 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Finale "The Wild Party" (Original Broadway Cast/2000)Toni Collette 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 

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(LaChiusa). Toni Collette Mandy Patinkin &amp Eartha Kitt. Original Broadway Cast. 1. Queenie Was a Blonde 2. Marie is Tricky 3. Wild Party 4. Dry 5. Welcome To My Party 6. Like Sally 7. Breezin' Through Another Day 8. Uptown 9. Eddie &amp Mae 10. Gold &amp Goldberg 11. Moving Uptown 12. Best Friend 13. A Little Mmm 14. Tabu 15. Taking Care of the Ladies 16. Wouldn't It Be Nice? 17. Lowdown-Down 18. Gin 19. Wild 20. Black is a Moocher 21. People Like Us 22. After Midnight Dies 23. Golden Boy 24. The Movin' Uptown Blues 25. The Lights of Broadway 26. More 27. Love Ain't Nothin' 28. Welcome to Her Party 29. How Many Women in the World? 30. When It Ends 31. This Is What It Is

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Listen more than once to appreciate this WILD PARTY 6 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Because of my limited tolerance of Mandy Patinkin I decided to purchase Andrew Lippa's musicalization of Joseph Moncure March's poem and instantly fell in love with it. After a few months, I purchased the LaChiusa version and tried to give it a chance. After one listen, I too quickly concluded LaChiusa's version was tedious with no real melodic hooks like those that percolate throughout Lippa's score.
But then I read March's poem.
It became immediately clear that LaChiusa did the better job of capturing March's piece with the jazz-infused music of the era and characterizations of the many partygoers in the poem. (For example, whereas Lippa turned Jackie into a silent chorus boy of a dancer, LaChiusa gives us the charming drunk that March wrote. However, Lippa has assembled a talented cast of singers, particularly Julia Murney's "Queenie" and the wonderful Brian Darcy James fleshing out Burrs (how it would have been great to hear him sing LaChiusa's version instead of the always frustrating though talented Patinkin!) And few if any will argue with Alex Korey's delivery of Lippa's "An Old Fashioned Love Story"; it's simply perfection.)
In addition to "...Old Fashioned...", Lippa's version features a well sung and thoroughly infectious score ("Queenie was a Blonde", "Raise the Roof", "Life of the Party", "Maybe I Like it That Way", "What Is It About Her", "Poor Child", "How Did We End Up Here?" and the aforementioned "Old Fashioned..." all stunners.) But after I listened to LaChiusa's version a few times (and I'll admit that it took a few listens, reading the excellent lyrics along the way) I have grown to love the Broadway (LaChiusa) score. Among its highlights: the driving "Queenie was a Blonde", a wonderful showstopping turn by Marc Kudish in "Breezin Through Another Day", the jaunty "Uptown", the deliciously moody "People Like Us", Toni Collette's moving "Lowdown-Down", and the always commanding Eartha Kitt in her two solos.
So, to those out there trying to decide which THE WILD PARTY CD to purchase I say "Buy both", they each have their merits. If you can only purchase one, ask yourself this: "Do I enjoy Andrew Lloyd Weber's hummable and easily accessible music (buy Lippa)or do I prefer Sondheim's more intriguing and intellectually stimulating music which requires multiple listenings to properly enjoy (LaChiusa)?"
And do yourself a favor and pick up March's poem. It sings all on it's own!
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Better on CD than in theater 30 May 2000
By Scott Cain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I saw this version of THE WILD PARTY on the first night of previews and was disappointed. The score and cast were strong, but the book and direction (at least then) was lacking. I am sure that they have improved it since then. I bought the CD and have found it very enjoyable. The score is melodic and interesting. The cast is all top-notch, with Toni Collette, Marc Kudish, Brooke Sunny Moriber, and Norm Lewis standing out to me. "Stars" Mandy Patinkin and Eartha Kitt make this one even more popular. This recording shows that the score was never the problem. I highly recommend this CD.
As a side note, there was another musical version of THE WILD PARTY in New York this season. That version, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, played Off-Broadway and also had a very strong score. The CD of that version comes out in July and is also highly recommended. Have fun comparing the two.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An important modern musical-- and a thrilling cast recording... 25 Sept. 2005
By Steven Valenti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anybody interested in modern musical theater needs to listen to "The Wild Party." The brilliant score by Michael John LaChiusa is a true ground-breaker. You've never heard anything quite like it. The first time I listened to it, I didn't know exactly what to make of it-- LaChiusa is far from a traditional musical theater composer. After a few listens, though, it just "clicks," and suddenly you realize that this is exactly what musical theater should be-- daring, exciting, and intelligent. This album has become my most-listened-to cast recording of the last five years.

The musical mainly takes place over the course of one long evening, during a party thrown by vaudeville performers Queenie (Toni Collette, striking in her Broadway debut) and her abusive boyfriend Burrs (Mandy Patinkin, never better). As the various misfits, wannabes, and wash-ups congregate at their apartment, the stage is set for a wild night of booze, drugs, and sex. Of course, with those ingredients, things are bound to get out of hand, and they do. Danger lurks under the surface, and the revelry quickly gives way to something more sinister. This is a "dark" musical, no question, and LaChiusa is honest in his depiction of the uglier sides of human nature. That's not to say the show's a downer-- LaChiusa infuses a lot of humor, and ultimately, hopefulness comes out of all the debauchery.

One of the real pleasures of the album is how completely transporting it is-- LaChiusa's music (terrifically orchestrated by Bruce Coughlin) evokes the jazzy 20's (while still feeling modern) and moves at such a breathless pace that you can't help but get swept along by its reckless energy. There are a lot of emotional shifts, and the music and lyrics skillfully reflect the dissonance of these alienated city dwellers. It helps too, that an impeccable cast contributes some really gripping characterizations. In addition to Collette and Patinkin, there's a great supporting cast that includes Eartha Kitt, Yancey Arias, Norm Lewis, and Tonya Pinkins.

It's really a shame that "The Wild Party" seems to be underappreciated. It certainly didn't help that there was another "Wild Party" musical, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, that came out at about the same time. The cast recording for that one is enjoyable and certainly more readily accessible in its traditional sound, but it doesn't thrill like this "Party." Looking back, too, it seems criminal that "Aida" won the Tony for Best Musical Score over this (and over LaChiusa's excellent "Marie Christine"). Still, you get the feeling that years from now, "The Wild Party" will be regarded as a landmark musical, and this recording will be a classic.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
And I Like it Like That 25 July 2000
By Michael A. Benedetto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ordinarily when I don't feel moved to post a review immediately upon getting something (book, game, CD, movie), that thing will go unreviewed by me. Not so Michael John LaChiusa's THE WILD PARTY. I've had it for the entire summer, and not a day has gone by without one of the melodies popping up in my head.
The haunting quality is what distinguishes this work from Andrew Lippa's recent show of the same name. (Read further reviews if you need that situation explained to you.) While Lippa's songs are immediately extractible and perhaps more engaging than LaChiusa's complex and heavy numbers, their appeal is far more limited. LaChiusa's score is as dark as the material demands, with even the fun numbers laced with a sense of foreboding and given real purpose in tracing the descent of the characters into tragedy.
The comic and tragic aspects of the story are adeptly handled by the cast. Toni Colette was given a great deal of attention in her Broadway musical debut, and deservedly so; not only is her singing flawless, but she managed to be the center of attention as necessary when the stage also contained Mandy Patinkin and Eartha Kitt. Both of these performers, needless to say, were terrific, with Kitt taking particular honors for her delivery of her two solos. Patinkin comes across better on disc than he did on stage, where the shallowness of his character was a more serious liability. ("Burrs" is the only character who I found to be richer in the Lippa version; in the LaChiusa he lacked the sense of pathos that might have made us care more about his fate.)
These flaws aside, this WILD PARTY is one which sounds terrific on first listen and only gets better. It should be ranked high among the best scores of the past twenty years.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A demanding, but important work... 13 Jun. 2000
By J. F Malysiak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A little bit of "Cabaret" ... a touch of Weill ... a sprinkling of Britten ... some Maury Yeston "Grand Hotel" ... and a lot of LaChiusa make this one of the most interesting, and challenging, musical theatre scores I've heard in a long time. It's one that improves with repeated listening and the full impact can only be achieved by listening to the entire score.
While there are some stand-outs - "After Midnight Dies" comes immediately to mind -this isn't a show about individual songs. It needs to be taken as a whole, more opera than traditional musical theatre. In my opinion, it is a perfect evocation of everything that the 1920's has come to represent - bathtub gin, sex, racism, jazz, drugs, and uninhibited hedonism.
The show also benefits from some knock-out performances, particularly from Toni Collette (who knew this girl could sing? ), Marc Kudisch, Eartha Kitt ("Movin' Uptown" is another showstopper), and a wildly manic Mandy Patinkin (a cross of the Emcee in Cabaret, Pagliacci, and a menacing dose of Clockwork Orange.)
The orchestrations are frenetic and perfectly evoke the drug and alcohol-induced actions of the plot.
Not for everyone ... and it really doesn't surprise me that this show is having trouble finding an audience. It's no "Music Man". But it is an exciting and very important piece of theatrical/musical art.
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