Shoshana Bean, Matthew Scott, Gabrielle Stravelli, Kacie Sheik, Steven Skybell Set for Reading of New Musical Lempicka

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22 Jul 2014

By-invitation-only readings of the new musical Lempicka, concerning the tumultuous life of art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka, will be presented in Manhattan July 24-25.



Directed by Kate Whoriskey, the readings will feature music direction by Jason Michael Webb and music supervision by Remy Kurs.

Shoshana Bean will star in the title role with Matthew Scott, Gabrielle Stravelli, Aisha Jackson, Nicole Bocchi, Michael Rose, F. Michael Haynie, Anne Kanengeiser, Steven Rattazzi, Kacie Sheik, Steven Skybell and Tom Treadwell.

Lempicka has book and lyrics by former New Dramatists resident Carson Kreitzer and music by Richard Rodgers Award-winning composer Matt Gould.

According to the authors, Lempicka is "set in Paris against the backdrop of the rising fascist tide, follows the artist's path through the chaotic upheavals of the 20th century. Fleeing the Russian Revolution as a nineteen year old bride, she lands in Paris a penniless refugee, and transforms herself into a rising star of the art world. But when she falls into a forbidden love affair with a prostitute- her muse, the breathtakingly beautiful Rafaela, Tamara is forced to choose. Will she risk it all in pursuit of love and art? Or cling to the securing of money and fame? And what could security mean, in a world about to shatter?"

Lempicka was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre in partnership with Full Stage USA at New Dramatists, a program made possible by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.