War Paint

Jun 28 - Aug 21, 2016 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 35 minutes with one intermission

Two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole star in a World Premiere musical about two business titans—and their infamous rivalry.

Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th 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 50-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. 

Patti LuPone (Evita, Gypsy), who “generates more raw excitement than any other performer on Broadway” (The New York Times), and Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens, 42nd Street), a “first-class, revitalizing master of period style” (The New York Times), go head-to-head in this World Premiere musical about two legendary women who forever changed the business of beauty.

Don’t miss this World Premiere musical from the acclaimed Broadway team of 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).

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    Patti LuPone (Helena Rubinstein) in War Paint, a world premiere musical by librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie. Directed by Michael Greif.

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    Christine Ebersole (Elizabeth Arden) in War Paint, a world premiere musical by librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie. Directed by Michael Greif.

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    Patti LuPone (Helena Rubinstein) sings “Forever Beautiful” in War Paint, a world premiere musical by librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie. Directed by Michael Greif.

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    Christine Ebersole (Elizabeth Arden) sings “Pink” in War Paint, a world premiere musical by librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie. Directed by Michael Greif.

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    Patti LuPone (Helena Rubinstein) and Douglas Sills (Harry Fleming) in War Paint, a world premiere musical by librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie. Directed by Michael Greif.

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    Christine Ebersole (Elizabeth Arden) and John Dossett (Tommy Lewis) in War Paint, a world premiere musical by librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie. Directed by Michael Greif.

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Before War Paint: Early Histories of the Women Who Created an Industry

War Paint explores the infamous rivalry between Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden during the height of their careers in the early and mid-20 th century. But how did these women, once known as Chaja and Florence, respectively, come to positions of such power?

Applying War Paint: An Acclaimed Creative Team Comes Together for the World Premiere Musical

Like an army heading into battle, a new musical needs strong leadership to ensure its success. War Paint, with its much lauded creative team of book writer Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel, lyricist Michael Korie, director Michael Greif and choreographer Christopher Gattelli, certainly has its share of talented and dedicated figures behind the scenes.

Beauty Is Science, Beauty Is Power, Beauty Is Money: The Rise of Cosmetics Culture

The majority of American women did not wear visible makeup throughout most of the 19 th century. Makeup was primarily reserved for two professions: stage actresses and sex workers, neither of which was considered a respectable vocation for young ladies. Workers in both fields wore a painted face to project something artificial.

"Women's Work": Female Entrepreneurship in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

At the end of the 19 th and beginning of the 20 th centuries in the U.S., wage work for women blossomed as the Civil War ended, the culture of professionalism grew and new industries were forged. The country's economic scale started to shift from small agriculture and sales towards big business, banking and major retail.

Why War Paint?

Few tales of fiction can match the improbable rags-to-riches stories of cosmetic giants Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Emerging from modest means, each would find initial success in the still-nascent industry of women's skincare products by promising eternal youth and beauty to respectable women of the middle class-women already intrigued by other signs of post-World War I emancipation.

Press & Reviews

Much-anticipated musical with Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole opens in Chicago

Naturally, they look marvelous. Swathed in dazzling mid­century couture to portray cosmetics empresses Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole grandly evoke the divergent countenances and temperaments of a pair of pioneers who forged a consumer industry out of lipstick and lotion.

Divas battle over beauty in Goodman Theatre's 'War Paint'

The battlefield is Fifth Avenue. The upturned faces that launch the competing gunships belong to American women, beholden to the pursuit of beauty yet unsure whether the application of hormones or the perfect shade of pink provides the best defense against the inevitable ravages of time. And the Homeric war lasts for decades.

'War Paint' a musical whose beauty is far more than skin deep

There has been much chatter recently about the lack of leading roles for women in Broadway musicals. Yet for every Sweeney Todd, Phantom and Hamilton there also has been a Mama Rose, an Evita, a Carole King and the Big and Little Edies of "Grey Gardens" fame.

Chicago Theater Review: 'War Paint' Starring Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole

The sophisticated and rewarding new musical "War Paint," about the decades-spanning rivalry of cosmetic titans Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein, manages remarkably to be many things at once. First and foremost, it's a double display of delicious diva-dom, with Patti LuPone as Rubinstein and Christine Ebersole as Arden expertly commanding the stage for most of the show's two and half hours.

Powerhouse performances propel Goodman's world premiere 'War Paint'

Late in the second act of "War Paint," the luxe new musical that opened Monday at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, a young woman thanks beauty magnates Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden for "what you've done to women." "For women," she says, amending her praise and prompting the moguls to muse over whether their efforts freed women or enslaved them.

In 'War Paint,' two formidable women do battle with lipstick

Women have been using makeup since the beginning of time, with such Egyptian queens as Nefertiti and Cleopatra famously enhancing their eyes with black kohl, and Renaissance England's Queen Elizabeth I applying a white lead "foundation" to create a "Mask of Youth."

'War Paint': Elizabeth Arden, Helena Rubinstein and American beauty

On June 15, Revlon, a multinational, mass-market cosmetics company, announced it was acquiring one of its rivals, Elizabeth Arden, for $419.3 million in cash. Corporate acquisitions, common as they now are, rarely send a frisson through rehearsal rooms at the Goodman Theatre.

7 Shows You Should See This Summer Across the Country

From War Paint to Broadway Bounty Hunter, here are the must-sees of 2016. - Jun 18, 2016 by David Gordon in Special Reports.

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Cosmetics conversations - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

On the day of About Face Theatre's 20th-anniversary party at Chicago's Center on Halsted, gay playwright Doug Wright ( Quills, Ubu ) was regretful because he wasn't going to be able to attend. As the book writer for the world-premiere musical War Paint at the Goodman Theatre, Wright said he had to be at technical rehearsals rather than attending the June 17 party.

Broadway composer Scott Frankel is the man behind the music of 'War Paint'

Musical director and composer Scott Frankel joins Justin to talk about his work on the upcoming and highly anticipated production of "War Paint" at the Goodman Theatre featuring theater legends Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole.

Accessibility
low vision and blind services  PATRONS WHO ARE BLIND OF HAVE LOW VISION

Large print programs: available to download in Microsoft Word format for all shows prior to a performance. Click here to download the large print program for War Paint.

Braille programs: available day of the performance from the Guest Services desk

Audio Described performance: August 6 at 2pm.Tickets are $30. For access to reserved, discounted seating enter the promo code AUDIO when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

Touch Tour: August 6 at 12:30pm.
The tour will feature a 45-60 minute presentation detailing the set, costume and character elements for the performance. When reserving tickets please indicate how many people will be in your party for both the Touch Tour and the performance.

 

hearing impaired services

PATRONS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Assistive Listening Devices: Both the Albert and the Owen are equipped with FM frequency assistive listening devices. You may use your own headphones, or they will be provided for you. In addition, neck loops are available that are compatible with t-coil hearing aids. Devices are available at the Guest Services desk in the Goodman lobby. Assistive listening devices are offered free of charge, but a driver's license or valid ID is required as security.

Open Captioned Performance:  July 30 at 2pm. 

Tickets are $30. An LED sign presents dialogue in sync with the performance.  For access to reserved, discounted seating enter the promo code OPEN when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

American Sign Language Interpretation: August 4 at 7:30pm

Tickets are $30. To access reserved, discounted seating in the front five rows for a signed performance, enter the promo code SIGN when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

 

mobility services 

ACCESSIBLE SEATING FOR PERFORMANCES

Goodman Theatre has accessible wheelchair/scooter locations in both the Albert and Owen* theaters.

Depending on your preferences, you can use the promo codes below to access special reserved seat locations when purchasing tickets online:

  • Enter promo code TRANSFER if you wish to transfer to a theater seat from your walker, wheelchair or scooter.
  • Enter promo code REMOVAL if you require a location where a seat can be removed for you to stay in your wheelchair/scooter while you watch the performance.

Please call ticket services at 312.443.3800 if you have questions or would like to purchase over the phone. All of our ticket representatives can assist you in finding a seat location to fit your needs.

Goodman Theatre has a wheelchair on site, which may be used to transport patrons to and from assigned seats. For use of the on-site wheelchair, contact house management at 312.443.3818.

*Although the Owen Theatre is a general admission house, accessible seats will be reserved for you on the seating level you purchase.

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