Playbill has been given an exclusive track from the new recording: “Face to Face,” a duet between LuPone, who plays Helena Rubinstein, and Ebersole, who portrays Elizabeth Arden. Listen to the number below:
The CD will be available on iTunes May 26 and in stores in mid-July. The musical, currently running at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street), was recently nominated for four 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Actress in a Musical nominations for both of its stars.
The complete track listing follows:
1. Best Face Forward
2. Behind the Red Door
3. Back on Top
4. My Secret Weapon
5. My American Moment
6. Step on Out
7. If I’d Been a Man
8. Better Yourself
9. Oh, That’s Rich
10. Face to Face
11. Inside of the Jar
12. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
13. Best Face Forward (Reprise)
14. Now You Know
15. No Thank You
16. Fire and Ice
19. Forever Beautiful
20. Beauty in the World
The Broadway company also features Tony nominees John Dossett and Douglas Sills; Dossett portrays Arden’s husband and chief marketing officer Tommy Lewis, and Sills plays the ambitious Harry Fleming, Rubinstein’s clubby confidante and faithful ally.
The ensemble comprises Barbara Jo Bednarczuk, Patti Cohenour, Mary Ernster, Tom Galantich, David Girolmo, Joanna Glushak, Chris Hoch, Mary Claire King, Steffanie Leigh, Erik Liberman, Barbara Marineau, Donna Migliaccio, Stephanie Jae Park, Jennifer Rias, Angel Reda, and Tally Sessions.
Prior to Broadway, War Paint had a sold-out run in Chicago in summer 2016, becoming the most successful show in Goodman Theatre history.
Directed by Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then, Grey Gardens), War Paint reunites Scott Frankel and Michael Korie—the songwriting team of Grey Gardens and Far From Heaven—with Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (Grey Gardens, I Am My Own Wife, The Little Mermaid). Tony winner Christopher Gattelli choreographs.
The musical is inspired by Lindy Woodhead's book War Paint and the documentary film The Powder & the Glory, by Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman. It tells the story of cosmetic titans and rivals Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, who, throughout the 20th century, built international empires in a world dominated by men.
Check out photos from opening night below: