The world premiere of Lempicka, the new musical with book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer and music by Matt Gould, opened at the Williamstown Theatre Festival July 19.
Lempicka is directed by Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin and stars Tony nominee Carmen Cusack and Eden Espinosa alongside Tim Creavin, Natalie Joy Johnson, Justin Gregory Lopez, Azudi Onyejekwe, Grace Porter, Steven Rattazzi, Michael McCorry Rose, Andrew Samonsky, Sav Souza, Nathaniel Stampley, Alexandra Templer, Kay Trinidad, and Rachel Tucker.
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Fleeing the Russian revolution and leaving behind a world of opulence and wealth, aristocrat Tamara de Lempicka (Espinosa) and her beloved husband Tadeusz (Samonsky) are forced to make a new life. In the rising tide of fascism, Tamara takes to painting to survive, and when she meets the free-spirited Rafaela (Cusack), a prostitute on the fringes of Parisian society, she’s torn between the life she cherishes with her husband and the passion, ambition, and possibility awoken in her by her new muse. Inspired by the life of the artist who transformed herself from penniless refugee to star of the art world when the world itself teetered on chaos, Lempicka looks at the beauty and danger of one painter pursuing it all.