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The Definitive “Life of the Party” From The Wild Party YouTube Countdown

July 14th, 2015 by

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The Definitive “Life of the Party” From The Wild Party YouT…

Andrew Lippa’s sexy, dangerous jazz-aged musical The Wild Party returns to the NYC stage this weekend only with a star-studded Encores! Off-Center revival led by Sutton Foster, Steven Pasquale, Brandon Victor Dixon and Miriam Shor.

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Photo by Joan Marcus

While the score is full of fabulous songs, most people go in knowing Kate’s (Joaquina Kalukango) big party-girl anthem “Life of the Party”, which is why we will all be waiting with bated breath at New York City Center to see what Kalukango does with the showstopper. But before we get there, let’s look back and rank YouTube’s 15 best “Life of the Party” performances.

15. Janine Picconi

Working that staircase, working that dress, working it out.

14. Florence Odumosu

There’s so much passion in this performance—and those growls.

13. Nina Sturtz

There’s real pain in her Kate and it’s so interesting to watch. The acting choices make her rendition really her own.

12. Natalie Peyser

She’s great and the direction is everything.

11. Jonathan Groff

This Hamilton star won my heart for the dance moves alone (though the vocals are clearly on fleek).

10. Alex Zeto

This Texas State star nails it.

9. Rachel Potter


8. Amy Tipton


7. Summer Strallen

What’s amazing about Summer’s rendition is how she is isn’t trying to sound like Idina—she’s doing her own thing and it’s awesome.

6. Emily Hannawa

This is from Brookhaven 418 Theatre's production, and when she gets to that “hand in fisted glove” you know you’re in for a treat…then it just continues to get better.

5. Cassandra Nuss

This model/actress (who can currently be seen as Extraordinary Girl in LA’s American Idiot) slays! Come to NYC, Cassandra.

4. Kate Rockwell

The Rock of Ages & Bring It On alum has a lot of fun with the song and the vocals are just insane. Wait til you get to the end.

3. Lea Michele

:::Praise Hands:::

2. Hannah Zazzaro

Such a cool, unique voice and bonus points for doing a shot mid-song. (You aren’t ready for 2:15 to the end.) She’s such a legit badass here, you really believe the lyrics.

1. Idina Menzel

There’s just no way Idina is not #1. It’s her song.

Don't miss 'The Wild Partyt' at New York City Center July 15-July 18.