Theater: Cocktails for Two

The Wild Party, a jazz-age poem all but forgotten for nearly 70 years, gets rediscovered--twice

Queenie was a blonde, and her age stood still, And she danced twice a day in vaudeville

Few people probably knew those lines a few weeks ago, but they are about to become the most familiar on Broadway. They're the opening couplet of The Wild Party, a book-length narrative poem by Joseph Moncure March published in 1928. The author was a former New Yorker editor, and the poem caused something of a scandal in its day (it was banned--no fooling--in Boston). But it was long out of print until a new edition, illustrated by the cartoonist Art Spiegelman, appeared in 1994....

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