Broadway legend Pat Suzuki, best known for her role as Linda Low, in the original Broadway production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song, had a blast at B-Side Productions’ of THE WILD PARTY this afternoon at the TBG Theatre, 312 West 36th St. in New York. The show’s final performance is at 7:30P.M. tonight.
THE WILD PARTY is cinematic in scope under the brilliant direction of Associate Artistic Director Billy Bustamante (THE KING AND I, HERE LIES LOVE), who also choreographs a cast of 15. Congrats to the cast and creative team for their nearly sold-out limited run, which opened on September 6, 2016. I had a blast collaborating with Billy Bustamante on the production images of the show.
“The decadence of 1920’s Manhattan is the setting for The Wild Party, where the gin and jazz is flowing and no one is exactly what they seem.Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe’s gripping Tony-nominated musical, based on the scandalous 1928 poem of the same name by Joseph Moncure, follows the story of a reckless relationship between a Vaudeville clown and a chorine that spirals into the depths of despair as the night unfolds.”
Denis Lambert (DR. ZHIVAGO, A CHORUS LINE) and Jamey Hood (THE SHAGGS, Playwrights Horizons) star as Burrs and Queenie, with Garth Kravits (THE DROWSY CHAPERONE) as Goldberg, Joan Barber as Delores Montoya, Jodi Bluestein as Mae, Kyle Carter as Eddie Mackerel, Greg Carter as Gold, Sam Edgerly as Jackie, Kyle Garvin as Phil D’Armano, Lauren Hooper as Kate, Ben Maters as Black, Christopher George Patterson as Oscar D’Armano, Joanna Parson as Madelaine True, Sarah Smithton as Nadine, and Adrienne Tang as Sally.
The band features music director Addison Frei on the keys, Adam Hutcheson (woodwinds), Perrin Grace (bass) and James Pingenot (drums). The creative team includes associate director Sarah Beth Pfeifer, stage manager Crysta May Powell, set design by Gary Smoot, lighting design by Tyler M. Perry and costume design by DW. Jasper Grant is Artistic Director of B-Side Productions. Click here to read about the cast and creative team.
Tickets are $25. The final show is at 7:30P.M. tonight. For tickets and information, visit www.b-sideproductions.org.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.