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‘Lempicka,’ New Musical About Artwork Deco Artist, to Open on Broadway

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Lempicka,” a brand new musical in regards to the painter Tamara de Lempicka, will open on Broadway subsequent spring after a decade in growth.

The present will be part of a Broadway season crowded with new musicals — at the least a dozen are anticipated — at a time when the trade is dealing with smaller audiences, and better prices, than it had earlier than the coronavirus pandemic.

An Artwork Deco portraitist who was married and had feminine lovers, Lempicka was born in Poland in 1898 and lived in Russia, which she fled due to the Russian Revolution; France, which she fled due to World Conflict II; after which the USA and Mexico. Although her artwork and her social life glittered for a interval, she later light from prominence, and died in 1980. In recent times, her artwork has sold strongly; modern collectors of her work embody Madonna.

The present, scheduled to start performances March 19 and to open April 14 on the Longacre Theater, options music by Matt Gould and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer, who additionally collaborated on the ebook. The director is Rachel Chavkin, the Tony Award-winning director of “Hadestown,” and choreography is by Raja Feather Kelly.

“This can be a huge epic, within the firm of ‘Les Mis’ or ‘Evita,’ about this unimaginable artist who has been, for a wide range of causes, dismissed from our historical past books,” Chavkin mentioned. “It’s fierce and queer and traces the primary half of the twentieth century via the eyes of this very sophisticated and bold and visionary girl.”

Eden Espinosa, a onetime Elphaba in “Depraved,” will star within the title position. She is at the moment showing in a brand new musical, “The Gardens of Anuncia,” working Off Broadway at Lincoln Heart Theater. The remainder of the “Lempicka” solid has not but been introduced.

The musical has had two earlier productions, on the Williamstown Theater Pageant in Massachusetts in 2018 and final 12 months at La Jolla Playhouse in California, in addition to a number of workshops and displays over time. (A earlier effort to dramatize Lempicka’s life, a play referred to as “Tamara,” ran in New York in 1987.)

“Lempicka” is being produced by Seaview, a manufacturing firm based by Greg Nobile and Jana Shea, and Jenny Niederhoffer. It’s being capitalized for as much as $19.5 million, in response to a submitting with the Securities and Trade Fee.