Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole Bring the Lives of Pioneering Women to Broadway in War Paint
The new musical, written by Scott Frankel, Michael Korie, and Doug Wright, explores the rivalry between cosmetics pioneers Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.
In one of the theatrical events of the season, two-time Tony winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole go head to head on Broadway in a musical in which their characters never even meet. In Scott Frankel, Michael Korie, and Doug Wright's War Paint, the Broadway stars play an equally iconic pair, cosmetics pioneers Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, who were business rivals but perhaps never once went head to head in real life. Before the show begins previews at the Nederlander Theatre, the stars and creators offered a preview of the unique challenges that creating a production like this provides.