Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone), Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Musical.
A Broadway Clash of Cosmetics:
Two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole star in War Paint, a new musical that tells the remarkable story of cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.
From the Producers:
Two-time Tony Award-winning legends Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole join forces to portray the trailblazing cosmetic icons who built empires in a business world ruled by men. War Paint tells the remarkable story of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden—fierce rivals who defined 20th Century beauty. In creating an industry, they reinvented themselves and revolutionized how the world saw women.
Windy City Success Leads to Broadway:
War Paint is based both on Lindy Woodhead’s 2004 book War Paint and on the 2007 documentary film The Powder & the Glory by Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman. The musical was created by librettist Doug Wright (Grey Gardens, I Am My Own Wife, The Little Mermaid), composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie (Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven) and director Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then and Grey Gardens). War Paint premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in the summer of 2016, starring Patti LuPone as Rubinstein and Christine Ebersole as Arden. The critically lauded and financially lucrative production became the most successful show in the history of Chicago’s flagship resident stage. It then premiered on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre in March 2017. The Tony-winning (and, this year, nominated) actresses are joined by John Dossett as Tommy Lewis, Arden’s husband and chief marketing officer, and Douglas Sills as the ambitious Harry Fleming, Madame Rubinstein’s clubby confidante and faithful ally.
The Creative Minds Of War Paint:
Entertainment Weekly: “Ebersole and LuPone are nothing short of flawless”
Newsday: “Hearing these extraordinary women at the top of their game in duets that contrast and blend and play off one another’s unique theatrical instincts is a thrill, and would be even without a chic and thoughtful show around them.”
New York Times: “LuPone and Ebersole are not coasting on the market value of their star appeal. They’re strategically deploying the knowledge and craft of a combined eight decades in musicals”
New York Daily News: “The good news is that the two stars are in rare form. LuPone’s performance is slathered in gusto. Ebersole’s turn is creamier than any emollient.”