Broadway powerhouses Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole will go toe to toe on Broadway this spring in the new musical War Paint, it was announced on Thursday.
Following its run at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre last summer, the production will start previews on March 7, with an opening date set for April 6. War Paint is the story of the legendary rivalry of cosmetics industry giants Helena Rubinstein (LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole). Both were entrepreneurs with humble roots who ended up shaping early 20th century beauty standards. War Paint is inspired by the book of the same name by Lindy Woodhead and the documentary The Powder & the Glory. John Dossett and Douglas Sills will reprise their roles from the Chicago production. War Paint has music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie, and a book by Doug Wright. Michael Grief will direct.
“When a new musical comes to Broadway starring a musical theatre legend, it is newsworthy; when it arrives starring two legends, it is an event. The artistry, vocal virtuosity, and raw star power that Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole bring to their performances in War Paint thrilled both audiences and critics during our out of town run this summer,” producer David Stone said in a statement. “The engagement was a sensation, breaking box office records and becoming the Goodman Theatre’s most successful show ever.
Additional casting and ticket information will be announced at a later date. Until then, put on your reddest red lipstick and prepare for the cosmetics battle to descend onto Broadway.