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Public ‘Party’ plans

Rudin paving road to B'way

It’s no secret that the Public Theater is hard at work producing the musical “The Wild Party.”

But now Public Theater insiders say that Hollywood and Broadway producer Scott Rudin has expressed interested in partnering with Public to move the tuner straight to Broadway in January.

The show, based on a Joseph Moncure March poem from the Jazz Age, features music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa (“Hello Again” and “The Petrified Prince”) and has thesps Vanessa L. Williams, Mandy Patinkin, Eartha Kitt and Debbie Gravitte agreeing in principle to star. Public artistic director George C. Wolfe would helm the production himself.

How deep is Rudin’s interest? Rudin, reached on location in London, denied that there was any deal. When asked if he’d had discussions about producing “Party” for a straight-to-Broadway move, Rudin would not deny that he’d had talks about producing it and would only said, “It’s not my project, it’s George’s. Asking me if I’m interested in producing it is like asking if I’m producing ‘E.T.’ — I don’t talk about other people’s projects.”

Rudin was one of the producers who backed out of initial plans to produce the Public Theater’s production of “On the Town” on Broadway. The Public ended up producing the transfer on its own, and ended up with a $6 million Broadway flop.

Carol Fineman, a spokeswoman for the Public, cautions that the tuner’s venue has not been officially set.

“It’s definitely being planned, but it’s premature to say yet. More likely than not, it will go to Broadway, but it’s nowhere near being worked out,” Fineman said.