War Paint

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War Paint

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  10f, 5m

“An intelligent, character-driven musical about two innovators motivated as much by their own exacting standards as by the spirit of fierce competition between them.” – Hollywood Reporter 
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    10f, 5m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Biography, Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
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War Paint

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Summary
Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden defined beauty standards for the first half of the twentieth century. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country’s first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors whose fifty-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their rivalry was relentless and legendary – pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men.
History
War Paint premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL in June 2016 under the direction of Michael Greif. The show transferred to Broadway's Nederlander Theatre in March 2017.
Cast Attributes
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

MISS ELIZABETH ARDEN
MADAME HELENA RUBINSTEIN

TOMMY LEWIS
HARRY FLEMING

FOUR CHARACTER LADIES who portray:
THE COUNTESS
THE SOCIETY DOYENNE
THE GRAND DAME
THE HEIRESS
BEAUTY TECHNICIANS
REPORTERS
MAGDA
OTTON CLUB PATRONS
MRS. TROWBRIDGE-PHELPS
WORLD WAR TWO MACHINISTS
TV PERSONNEL
MISS SMYTHE

THREE ENSEMBLE MEN who portray:
DOORMAN
PORTERS
FREDDY
WAITER
SAILOR
BAR PATRONS
CHARLES REVSON
RAOUL DUFY
SENATOR ROYAL COPELAND
COURT OFFICER
SOLDIERS
MR. SIMMS
WILLIAM S. PALEY
HAL MARCH
BARTENDER
MR. LEVIN
MR. BARUCH 

FOUR LEGGY ENSEMBLE LADIES who portray:
ARDEN GIRLS
MISS BEAM
DORIAN LEIGH
REPORTERS
MISS TEALE
WORLD WAR TWO WACS
FIRE AND ICE GIRLS
TULIP 

  • Time Period 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Not Applicable
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol

Media

“Classy and elegant... Highly entertaining and provocative.” - Chicago Tribune

REVIEWS 

“Thoroughly compelling and masterfully entertaining throughout. It’s an intelligent, character-driven musical about two innovators motivated as much by their own exacting standards as by the spirit of fierce competition between them.” – Hollywood Reporter

“Classy and elegant... Highly entertaining and provocative.” – Chicago Tribune

“A marvel... It's quite a story, and one well told.” – The Wrap

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Videos

  • Clips from War Paint on Broadway

  • Behind the scenes of War Paint on Broadway

  • Info on the creative team of War Paint

Music

Song Samples

Best Face Forward
Behind the Red Door
Back on Top
My Secret Weapon
Step on Out
If I'd Been a Man
Better Yourself
Oh, That's RIch
Face to Face
Inside the Jar
Necessity is the Mother of Invention
Best Face Forward (Reprise)
Now You Know
No Thank You
Fire and Ice
Dinosaurs
Pink
Forever Beautiful
Beauty in the World
Finale
  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeLarge
  • Chorus SizeLarge

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16 Vocal Books
1 Piano-Vocal Score
1 Full Score Act 1
1 Full Score Act 2
1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Horn
1 Trumpet 1
1 Trumpet 2
1 Trombone
1 Keyboard 1
1 Keyboard 2
1 Drums
1 Violin
1 Cello
1 Bass
16 Vocal Books
1 Piano-Vocal Score

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Authors

Doug Wright

Doug Wright’s play Quills premiered at Washington, D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in 1995 and subsequently had its debut Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop. Quills garnered the 1995 Kesselring Prize for Best New American Play from the National Arts Club and, for ...
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Michael Korie

Michael Korie is the lyricist of the Broadway musical War Paint, starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, and is the recipient of this year's Marc Blitzstein Award, given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Writing for musical theater, he created the lyrics to co ...

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Scott Frankel

SCOTT FRANKEL is a musical theatre composer whose most recent work, WAR PAINT (starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole), enjoyed a run on Broadway following a record-breaking engagement at the Goodman Theatre. Other works include GREY GARDENS (Tony nomination), FAR FROM ...

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