Looks like the casting is complete for the much anticipated Broadway production of War Paint about cosmetic beauty queens Helena Rubinstein (played by Patti LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden (played by Christine Ebersole). Directed by Michael Greif, featuring a score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie and a book by Doug Wright, War Paint will begin previews at the Nederlander Theatre on March 7, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for April 6. These beauty titans set the standards for the first half of the 20th Century, sacrificing everything as masters of self invention, becoming the country’s first female entrepreneurs. Both came from humble beginnings.
Competitors for 50 years, they gave birth to an industry that changed what beauty in America means. Their intense rivalry was ruthless, relentless and legendary as they built international empires in a world dominated by men.
In addition to LuPone, Ebersole, John Dossett and Douglas Sills, War Paint will feature Chicago cast members Mary Ernster, David Girolmo, Joanna Glushak, Chris Hoch, Mary Claire King, Stefanie Leigh, Erik Liberman, Barbara Marineau, Stephanie Jae Park, Barbara Jo Bednarczuk, Patti Cohenor, Tom Galantich and Angel Reda. Donna Migliaccio, Jennifer Rias and Tally Sessions join the Broadway production.