Currently on sale until December 31, 2017
Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
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.
Schedule can vary by performance and is subject to change.
Monday: No performance
Wednesday: 2PM & 8PM
Saturday: 2PM & 8PM
208 West 41st St, New York, NY 10019
PATTI LUPONE – Helena Rubinstein
Patti LuPone recently starred in Douglas Carter Beane’s Shows for Days, directed by Jerry Zaks, at Lincoln Center Theater. Her New York stage credits include Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins (guest soloist with the NY City Ballet); Joanne in Company (NY Philharmonic); David Mamet’s The Anarchist; Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Gypsy (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards); John Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Passion; Candide; Can Can; Noises Off; Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic); The Old Neighborhood; Master Class; Patti LuPone on Broadway (Outer Critics Circle Award); Pal Joey; Anything Goes (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award); Oliver!; Accidental Death of An Anarchist; The Woods; Edmond; The Cradle Will Rock; Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards); Working; The Water Engine; and The Robber Bridegroom (Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations). London – Matters of the Heart, Master Class, Sunset Boulevard (Olivier Award nomination) and Les Miserables (RSC world premiere production) and The Cradle Will Rock (Olivier Award for both productions). Opera credits include Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back (San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, for the Los Angeles Opera), John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and Brecht-Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (LA Opera debut) and Marc Blitzstein’s Regina (Kennedy Center). Films include Parker, Union Square, City by the Sea, David Mamet’s Heist and State and Main, Just Looking, Summer of Sam, Driving Miss Daisy, Witness.
CHRISTINE EBERSOLE – Elizabeth Arden
Christine Ebersole has received virtually every Off-Broadway award and her second Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for her dual performance as Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens. Other Broadway credits include her Tony Award-winning performance as Dorothy Brock in the smash hit revival 42nd Street, Dinner at Eight, (Tony and Outer Critics Circle awards nominations) Steel Magnolias, On the Twentieth Century, I Love My Wife, Angel Street, Oklahoma, Camelot opposite Richard Burton, The Best Man, and the recent revival of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, co-starring with Dame Angela Lansbury. She has starred in five City Center Encores!, and received an Obie award and a Drama Desk nomination for her work in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads. Ebersole has appeared in over 20 feature films including The Wolf Of Wall Street, Amadeus, Tootsie, Richie Rich, Black Sheep, My Favorite Martian, Dead Again, Folks!, True Crime, My Girl 2, and The Big Wedding, which also features an original composition that she wrote and sang for the end credits of the film. Her television credits include: a regular cast member of Saturday Night Live 1981-82 season, The First Lady on the hit CBS show Madame Secretary, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, American Horror Story: Coven, Royal Pains, three seasons of Sullivan and Son for TBS, Ugly Betty, Law and Order: SVU, Boston Legal, Will and Grace, and as Tessie Tura in the TV movie Gypsy with Bette Midler.
JOHN DOSSETT – Tommy Lewis
Broadway credits include Chicago, Pippin, Newsies, Mamma Mia!, The Constant Wife, Democracy, Gypsy (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations), Dinner at Eight, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Ragtime, Prelude to a Kiss, Mastergate, Fifth of July and King of Schnorrers. Off-Broadway credits include Giant (The Public Theater/Dallas Theater Center, Drama Desk Award nomination); Down the Road and White People (Atlantic Theater Company); Saved! (Playwrights Horizons); Hello Again and The Clean House (Lincoln Center Theater); Poster of Cosmos, Sunshine, Reckless, Child Byron and The Diviners (Circle Repertory Theatre) and Trudy Blue (MCC Theatre). National tour credits include Kiss of the Spider Woman. Regional credits include Newsies and Paper Moon (Paper Mill Playhouse), First Wives Club (The Old Globe), Dinner with Friends (Variety Arts), How I Learned to Drive (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Ragtime (Shubert Theatre) and Elmer Gantry and Captain’s Courageous (Ford’s Theatre).
DOUGLAS SILLS – Harry Fleming
Broadway/New York: The Scarlet Pimpernel (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations); Living on Love; Little Shop of Horrors (Drama League Award); Lady Be Good, Music in the Air, Carnival (Encores); Moonlight & Magnolias (MTC). National Tour: The Addams Family; The Secret Garden; Into the Woods. His regional credits include productions at La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theater, Westport, The Kennedy Center, South Coast Rep, Reprise LA and numerous leading roles for the California Shakespeare Festival. Television: “Chicago Justice,” “CSI,” “The Closer,” “Numb3rs,” and “Will & Grace.” Film: Erotic Fire of the Unattainable and Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo.
MICHAEL GREIF –Director
Broadway credits include Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Next to Normal and If/Then, as well as Never Gonna Dance, Grey Gardens, Rent, and Dear Evan Hansen. Recent work includes Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Steven Levenson’s musical Dear Evan Hansen at off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre, Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho and Angels in America at New York’s Signature Theater, the premiere of Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…. at the Public Theater, and The Tempest, Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet at the Public’s Delacorte. Regional work includes premieres and revivals at Williamstown (10 seasons), La Jolla Playhouse (Artistic Director 1995-99), Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Dallas Theatre Center, and Trinity Rep. Work Off-Broadway includes plays and musicals at the Public Theater, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, MCC, Signature, and the New York Theater Workshop, where he is an artistic associate. Education: B.S. Northwestern; M.F.A. UCSD.
DOUG WRIGHT- Book
Doug Wright earned the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his play I Am My Own Wife. Other stage works include Grey Gardens (Tony Nomination), The Little Mermaid and Hands on a Hardbody. Film: Quills, based on his Obie-winning play, nominated for three Academy Awards. Television: Tony Bennett: An American Classic, directed by Rob Marshall. Honors: Benjamin Dank Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Tolerance Prize, Kulturforum Europa; Paul Selvin Award, Writers Guild of America.
SCOTT FRANKEL – Music
Scott Frankel was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for his work on Grey Gardens, which ran at Playwrights Horizons before moving to Broadway. Since then, the show has been performed regularly across the country as well as internationally. He has also written the music for Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Finding Neverland (UK premiere, 2012), Happiness (Lincoln Center Theater), Doll (Ravinia Festival, Richard Rodgers Award) and Meet Mister Future (winner, Global Search for New Musicals), all with lyricist Michael Korie.
MICHAEL KORIE – Lyrics
Michael Korie was nominated for a Tony and received Outer Critics Circle award for his lyrics to Grey Gardens, composer Scott Frankel, book by Doug Wright, directed by Michael Greif, produced at Playwrights Horizons, and subsequently on Broadway, nationally, and abroad. It premieres in January at London’s Southwark Theater. He wrote the lyrics to Far From Heaven with composer Frankel and playwright Richard Greenberg, produced at Williamstown Festival, Playwrights Horizons, and at Chicago’s Porchlight Theater later this season. Also with Frankel, lyrics to Happiness at Lincoln Center Theater, Meet Mister Future at Cardiff Festival, and Doll presented at Ravinia. He co-wrote lyrics with Amy Powers to Doctor Zhivago produced internationally and on Broadway, and is currently collaborating on a new show with Tom Kitt and Donald Marguiles for Disney Theatricals.