What Did Broadway Critics Think of War Paint, with Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole?

The Verdict   What Did Broadway Critics Think of War Paint, with Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole? The new musical officially opened April 6 at the Nederlander Theatre. Read reviews here.
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Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, and company Joan Marcus

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).

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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.

Read reviews below. Check back for updates.

amNY (Matt Windman)

Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)

Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)

The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

Lilith (Aileen Jacobson)

NBC New York (Robert Kahn)

Newsday (Linda Winer)

NJ.com (Christopher Kelly)

The New York Times (Ben Brantley)

NY Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

The Stage (Mark Shenton)

Time Out NY (Adam Feldman)

Variety (Marilyn Stasio)

Vulture (Jesse Green)

The Wall Street Journal (Terry Teachout)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)


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.

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.

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.

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