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War Paint

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About This Show

War Paint tells the remarkable story of cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, who defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th century. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both women 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 that would forever change the face of America. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their intense rivalry was ruthless, relentless, and legendary — pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men.

Show Details

Running Time: 2hr 20min (1 intermission)
Dates: First Preview: March 7, 2017 Opening Night: April 6, 2017 Final Performance: November 5, 2017
Location: Nederlander Theatre, New York City

208 W 41st St,

New York,


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Theatermania Review

| | April 6, 2017
Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole star in a new musical about feuding titans of the beauty industry.


Patti LuPone Helena Rubinstein
Christine Ebersole Elizabeth Arden
John Dossett Tommy Lewis
Douglas Sills Harry Fleming
Mary Ernster Society Doyenne, Mrs. Trowbridge-Phelps, and Others
David Girolmo Senator Royal Copeland, William S. Paley, Mr. Levin, and Others
Joanna Glushak Countess, Magda, and Others
Chris Hoch Mr. Simms, Hal March, Mr. Baruch, and Others
Mary Claire King Miss Beam, Tulip, Arden Girl, and Others
Steffanie Leigh Dorian Leigh, Arden Girl, and Others
Erik Liberman Charles Revson, Sailor, and Others
Barbara Marineau Grand Dame, Beauty Technician, and Others
Stephanie Jae Park Arden Girl, Beauty Technician, and Others
Angel Reda Heiress, Miss Smythe, Arden Girl, and Others
Jennifer Rias Miss Teale, Arden Girl, and Others

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