Defying Gravity: The Essential Idina Menzel on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
08 Mar 2014

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The Wild Party – Original Cast Recording (2000)

Andrew Lippa's 1999 Off-Broadway musical, The Wild Party, bears the unfortunate distinction of having run concurrently with Michael John LaChiusa's Broadway musical adaptation of the same material (Joseph Moncure March's 1928 narrative poem) with the same name. If neither show became a long-running hit, both have their pleasures and chief among those in Lippa's version is Idina Menzel's vivacious and seductive Kate. Her delicious "Look At Me Now" is nothing short of beguiling, and her vocals are undeniably impressive in "The Life of the Party."