The new musical War Paint, which stars two-time Tony winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as rival cosmetics giants Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively, officially opens April 6 following previews that began March 7 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street).
Prior to Broadway, War Paint had a sold-out run in Chicago in summer 2016, becoming the most successful show in Goodman Theatre history. Click here to read reviews for the show’s out-of-town premiere at the Goodman.
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). Ghostlight Records will record the original cast album of the new musical. Choreography is by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli.
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.
The Broadway company also features Tony nominees John Dossett and Douglas Sills: Dossett portrays Tommy Lewis, Arden’s husband and chief marketing officer, with Sills as the ambitious Harry Fleming, Rubinstein’s clubby confidante and faithful ally.
Check out the latest photos from the Broadway production below:
Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole Take the Stage in War Paint
War Paint, according to production notes, “tells the remarkable story of cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein (LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole), who defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both women were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country’s first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry that would forever change the face of America. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their intense rivalry was ruthless, relentless and legendary—pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men.”
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.
The musical is produced on Broadway by David Stone, Marc Platt, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Marcia Goldberg, Universal Stage Productions, Independent Presenters Network, and the Goodman Theatre.
The Chicago design and music team return for the Broadway production: scenic designer David Korins, costume designer Catherine Zuber, lighting designer Kenneth Posner, sound designer Brian Ronan, orchestrator Bruce Coughlin, and music director Lawrence Yurman. Casting is by Telsey + Co.
A limited number of $40 tickets are available for all performances of War Paint through a digital lottery, which opens at 8 AM for both matinee and evening performances and remains open until 11 AM and 3 PM, respectively, when winners are drawn. For details and entrance to the digital lottery, visit lottery.broadwaydirect.com/show/war-paint. Producers are also releasing a limited number of $40 seats for purchase in person at the Nederlander box office beginning at 10 AM (noon on Sundays) for that day’s performance(s) only. Standing room tickets, available at $50, are also available on a first-come, first-served basis when the show is sold out.
Tickets are also available for purchase on WarPaintMusical.com and Ticketmaster.com. The Nederlander Theatre box office is open for business Monday–Saturday, 10 AM–8 PM, and Sundays from noon to 6 PM.
Both LuPone and Ebersole have graced Playbill Travel’s star-studded destination cruises. Click here for more information about upcoming cruises and the Broadway talent currently lined up to entertain.
(Updated April 6, 2017)