Critical Confabulations

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20 Days of Theatrical Thanks: Days 16 & 17

Today I’m thankful for… Michael John LaChiusa.

Michael John LaChiusa

The cast of The Wild Party was crazy-town — Toni Collette, Earth Kitt (FIERCE), Mandy Patinkin (obsessed, as always), Norm Lewis, Tonya Pinkins — and the direction was scary-good (GEORGE C. WOLFE), but what I’m most thankful for is composer-librettist Michael John LaChiusa. Unlike any other musical theatre composer, I can always count on MJL to take MT up a notch — or way out in left field (hello, Queen of the Mist). And I’m super-grateful to be just hours away from seeing his newest (hopefully) masterpiece at the Public Theater.

Cheers to you, MJL. I’m thankful to have your offbeat, discordant works in my theatre life.
For more info about 20 Days of Thanks, go here.


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