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The Wild Party Sheet music – October 1, 2001
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Lippa's "The Wild Party" has quickly risen to my top five favorite shows. The score is outstanding (who CARES if it doesn't consistently fit the time period), the lyrics are entertaining, and the cast...oh, the cast. I admit I bought it for the Idina Menzel factor, but after listening through it, Idina takes a backseat to the outstanding vocal performance of Julia Murney.
Julia Murney, as others have said, is a POWERHOUSE. Not just in the heavy-hitting songs like "Raise the Roof", but in every song she sings. It's dumbfounding. Since then I've seen her perform live, and I must say that the woman is a superb actress- you can tell even by her singing.
It is unfortunate that this show released the same year as LaChuisa's "The Wild Party" on Broadway, but that doesn't mean it's lower caliber by any scale. In fact, I prefer this show. The reviewer who compared Sondheim to Lachuisa and Larson to Lippa was on the right track. Though I would suggest that if you like "Chicago" or "Wicked" at all, you'll probably like this version. It is a lot more fun and the songs are top-notch.
All I can say is BUY THIS ALBUM. I can't imagine anyone regretting it.
I stumbled across a YouTube video of Idina's "The Life of the Party" and was immediately hooked. After my second time of watching the video I downloaded the song, and it quickly became my most played. I slowly expanded to find out more about the show until I broke down and purchased the entire CD.
And it hasn't left the top of my playlist since.
This is an amazing show whose only disappointment is that it never made it to Broadway. What I would give to see this cast in action. The voices are some of the most powerful I've ever heard (like many, I was already familiar with the leads and was STILL blown away) and the music is unbelievable. It's one hell of a party.
Now, I do agree with one other user that some of the lyrics do leave something to be desired. But the rest is so good that I can completely overlook the "How long must I scream NOOO" moments in there.
The only thing I can tell you if you're considering purchasing is just to do it. It's well worth the money, even if just for the talent. The only really negative things people had to say (based on other reviews) was that they preferred the other version better, and I guess that's a matter of taste.
And if anyone hears of this show ever touring...well, I'll be the first in line.