Goodman Theatre presents WAR PAINT, a new musical starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively. WAR PAINT opens tonight, June 28, 2016, and runs through August 14, 2016.
As previously announced, John Dossett portrays Tommy Lewis, Miss Arden’s husband and chief marketing manager, and Douglas Sills portrays Harry Fleming, Madame Rubinstein’s clubby confidante and faithful ally.
Completing the cast of the world premiere production are Mary Ernster, Leslie Donna Flesner,David Girolmo, Joanna Glushak, Chris Hoch, Mary Claire King, Steffanie Leigh, Erik Liberman, Barbara Marineau, Stephanie Jae Park and Angel Reda.
A world premiere musical by librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel and lyricistMichael Korie, WAR PAINT tells the story of Helena Rubinstein (LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden(Ebersole), who defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both women were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country’s first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their remarkable rivalry was ruthless, relentless and legendary-pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men. Michael Greifdirects and Christopher Gattelli choreographs.
The musical is inspired by the book, WAR PAINT, by Lindy Woodhead, and the documentary film,The Powder & the Glory, by Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman. The design team includes David Korins(set design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Kenneth Posner (lighting design) and Brian Ronan (sound design), as well as Bruce Coughlin (orchestrations) and Lawrence Yurman (music director).
WAR PAINT runs tonight, June 28, through August 14 (Opening Night is Monday, July 18) in the Goodman’s 856-seat Albert Theatre. For tickets, call 312.443.3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org/WarPaint. Group savings are available for parties of 15 or more; call 312.443.3820 or email Groups@GoodmanTheatre.org.
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Christine Ebersole and John Dossett
Patti LuPone and Douglas Sills
(L-R) Christine Ebersole as Elizbeth Arden, Mary Ernster as Mrs. Trowbridge-Phelps and Patti LuPone as Helena Rubinstein.