Lempicka Reading to Feature Lisa Brescia, James Barbour and More

Lisa Brescia, James Barbour and Natalie Belcon will take part in a reading of the new musical Lempicka, about the life of art deco artist Tamara di Lempicka, Nov. 9 in Manhattan.

Commissioned by Yale Rep and New Dramatists, the musical has book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer and music by Matt Gould. Mark Wing-Davey ( Mad Forest) will direct the reading that will feature Brescia ( Wicked) in the title role. The cast also features Barbour ( Jane Eyre, A Tale of Two Cities), Belcon ( Avenue Q), Gabrielle Stravelli, Dashiell Eaves ( A Beheading in Spokane), Michael Pemberton ( The Farnsworth Invention), Izzy Hanson-Johnston ( Billy Elliot), Nicolette Robinson ( Perfect Couples), Rhyn McLemore ( The Last Scene), Bjorn Thorstad, Philip Callen, Kevin Massey ( Memphis), Michael Rose ( Wicked), Charl Brown ( Sister Act), Erin Bennett and Mariand Torres ( Wicked).

Lempicka will have musical direction by Ian Axness. Julia Murney ( Wicked, Wild Party, Falling) led the cast of a June workshop of the musical.

According to the authors, Lempicka "is set around the erratic artist's life in Paris between the wars. Using raw emotional language and a contemporary musical palette, Lempicka explores the life of a struggling artist hell bent on carving her undying mark on the worlds of art and fashion in the midst of social upheaval and sexual transformation."