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War Paint - Full Length Musical, Drama

War Paint

Doug Wright, Michael Korie, Scott Frankel

Full Length Musical, Drama

5m, 10f

"...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 

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Adaptations (Literature), Biography, Period

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s

Settings Of Play - The play takes us from the treatment rooms of New York’s celebrated salons into Park Avenue boudoirs, hotels, elegant department stores, the Senate, and the soundstages of that thrilling new art form called television.
The 1930's to the early 1960s.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

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.

REVIEWS 

"Classy and elegant...Highly entertaining and provocative." - Chicago Tribune 

"...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 

"A marvel...It's quite a story, and one well told." - The Wrap


War Paint premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL in June 2016 under the direction of Michael Greif before transferring to Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre in March 2017.



Photography by Joan Marcus

Characters

CASTING

5m, 10f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

Large

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 

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Large

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

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

Videos
  • Clips from War Paint on Broadway

  • Behind the scenes of War Paint on Broadway

  • Info on the creative team of War Paint

Author(s)
Doug Wright

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 Wright, a 1996 Village Voice Obie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting. In 2000, Wright wrote the screenplay ... view full profile

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Michael Korie

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 composer Scott Frankel’s music for War Paint, Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven, Happiness, Doll, and Meet Mister Future. Their ... view full profile

Scott Frankel

Scott Frankel

Scott Frankel was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for his work on Grey Gardens. He's written the music for Doll (Ravina Festival; Richard Rogers Award) and Meet Mister Future (winner, Global Search for New Musicals), both with lyricist/librettist Michael Korie. As a music director, conductor, and pianist, he has been associated with the original Broadway productions of ... view full profile

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