Wild Party Theater West End

Andrew Lippa’s Darkly-Brilliant ‘Wild Party’ Premieres in Historic Downtown Sanford

The buzz is in the air! Fresh off the success of an extended sold-out run of West Side Story, Theater West End presents Wild Party, with book, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, March 29 – April 14 in Historic Downtown Sanford. The musical is directed by Artistic Director Derek Critzer, with music direction by Austin Paul McElwain, and choreography by Amanda Warren.

Wild Party won the 2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical. It is described by critics as a “darkly brilliant show (that) features one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written.”

Based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 poem of the same name, Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party tells the story of a vaudeville dancer named Queenie (Kristen Scheola*) and a vaudeville clown named Burrs (Preston Ellis*) — her passionate and violent lover. Queenie is fed up with the life she lives and the pain Burrs puts her through, so she decides to throw the party-to-end-all-parties to shake things up a little. Burrs agrees, and they invite a whole slew of colorful characters to their home.

The cast includes Michelle Knight* (Kate), Terrence Jamison (Black), Casey Sweeney (Eddie), Cody McNeeley (Jackie), Wendy Starkand (Madeline True), Bernadette Siudock (Mae), Michael Cleary (Sam), Elisabeth Christie (Delores), David Kotary (Oscar D’Armano), Matt Rothenberg (Phil D’Armano), Sarah Huff (Nadine), Joshua Oliveras (Max), Haywood Dunston, Alex Iacuzzo, Gabby Hatch, Gabrielle Toledo, Kristin Paradero, Francesca Natal, and Nicole Natal.

Theater West End’s 2018-2019 season is presented by Abercrombie P.A.

Tickets: $22 reserved seating, available now at theaterwestend.com or call 407-548-6285.

* Member of Actor’s Equity Association.


Theater West End, established September 2018 in historic downtown Sanford, Florida, produces and presents professional, high-quality theater in an intimate, historic setting. Named Best New Business (2018) by My Sanford Magazine, it has already become a cultural hub in downtown Sanford with professional theater that surprises, youth programs to foster growth, and inspiring artistic productions. theaterwestend.com

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