The musical will play its last performance in December

By Eric King
September 21, 2017 at 11:52 AM EDT
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War Paint is coming face to face with the end of its Broadway run. The musical, starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, will play its last performance at the Nederlander Theatre in New York on Dec. 30, it was announced Thursday.

The show, which opened in April, follows cosmetics trailblazers Helena Rubinstein (LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole), who competed in the beauty business for 50 years. Both Ebersole and LuPone earned Tony nominations for their performances.

“They were definitely rivals, but I think their rivalry was inspirational, really — that one would better what the other was doing,” Ebersole told EW of Arden and Rubenstein ahead of the show’s opening. LuPone added, “Neither one of us want to think that these two women spent a lot of energy on hatred. Why do people want to see women catfight? I guess because guys fighting isn’t as sexy? It is demeaning to the accomplishment of these two women to reduce that relationship to a catfight, to a bitter rivalry.”

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War Paint will begin its previously scheduled hiatus Sept. 26 and will resume performances Oct. 3.

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