Reading of New Musical Lempicka Will Feature Julia Murney as Art Deco Painter

A new musical about the life of art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka will get a priviate June 15 Manhattan reading featuring Julia Murney and Kevin Earley.

Julia Murney
Julia Murney

Commissioned by Yale Rep and New Dramatists, the musical, currently under the working title Lempicka, has book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer and music by Matt Gould.

Griffin Matthews directs Murney ( Wicked, The Wild Party) as the late painter. The cast will also include Earley ( Death Takes a Holiday), Gabrielle Stravelli, Valerie Wright ( Steel Pier), Robert Emmet Lunney, Izzy Hanson-Johnson ( Billy Elliot), Steven Rattazzi, Erin Bennett, Ato Blankson-Wood ( Hair), Kevin Massey ( Memphis), Rhyn McLemore, Joy Radish, Nicolette Robinson ( Perfect Couples) and Ben Roseberry.

Ian Axness is musical director.

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."