Cara Ricketts, Daren A. Herbert in The Wild Party. Photography: Rachel McCaig.

Feb. 20 – Mar. 8, 2015


The gin and jazz are flowing in this explosive musical set in 1920’s Manhattan, following the reckless relationship between a Vaudevillian clown and dancer as it spirals out of control during one ferocious get-together.

Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe’s thrilling Tony-nominated musical, based on the 1928 poem by Joseph Moncure March of the same name, was called “The first musical triumph of the new century!” by the New York Daily News.

Produced in association with Obsidian Theatre Company.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards (2015): Best Actor in a Musical (Daren A. Herbert), Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Susan Gilmour)
  • 8 Dora Award nominations (2015): Outstanding Production, Outstanding Male (Daren A. Herbert, Dan Chameroy), Outstanding Female (Cara Ricketts, Susan Gilmour), Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Costume Design
  • 2 Dora Award wings (21015): Outstanding Performance by a Male (Daren A. Herbert), Outstanding Choreography (Stephanie Graham)


Leading Lights Supporter:

Don & Shirley Green

Producing Partners:

Linda & Chris Montague


music and lyrics by

Michael John LaChiusa

book by

Michael John LaChiusa & George C. Wolfe

based on the poem by

Joseph Moncure March

directed by

Robert McQueen

music direction by

Bob Foster

choreographed by

Stephanie Graham


Rebecca Auerbach, J. Cameron Barnett, Dan Chameroy, Josh Epstein, Susan Gilmour, Sarite Harris, Daren A. Herbert, Sara-Jeanne Hosie, Lisa Horner, Sterling Jarvis, David Lopez, Larry Mannell, Stephen Patterson, Eden Richmond and Cara Ricketts

set design

Michael Gianfrancesco

lighting design

Kimberly Purtell

costume design

Alex Amini

sound design

Peter McBoyle

head of props

Alex Vass

vocal coach

Marie Baron

assistant director

Ari Weinberg

assistant musical director

Tara Litvack

production manager

Patrick Lavender

stage manager

Carolyn Mykytyshyn

apprentice stage manager

Alice Barnett




An exuberant staging packed with knock-’em-dead performances

– The Globe and Mail

Michael John LaChiusa’s dark, brilliant, jazzy setting of Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 epic poem springs into vivid sonic life… Cara Ricketts is yearning, vulnerable, magnificent.

— The Toronto Star

Be prepared; you will be blown away by this gritty, sexual, exciting and compelling story.

— AM 740



Photos by Racheal McCaig Photography.