One of 2017’s most-anticipated musicals was the double-diva deluxe musical War Paint. Starring two-time Tony-winner Patti LuPone (Evita, Gypsy) and two-time Tony-winner Christine Ebersole (42nd Street, Grey Gardens), a book by Tony-winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife) and featuring a score by the Tony-nominated team of Scott Frankel and Michael Korie (Grey Gardens), War Paint was scheduled to close on December 30th. The Production will now close early to accommodate Ms. LuPone who requires necessary and immediate hip replacement surgery. Upon closing, the musical will have played 236 performances and 33 previews at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre.
“It is with great sadness that I must leave War Paint to undergo hip replacement surgery. For several months, I have been performing in a great deal of pain. My producers David Stone and Marc Platt have provided an incredible team who, through physical therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture, have enabled me to continue on stage,” said Patti LuPone. “But the pain has now become too intense and I have no other choice but to leave Christine, John, Doug, and this wonderfully supportive company of actors, who I’ve had the great privilege to work with for over a year. I will miss them more than I can express. “
War Paint tells the story of the two cosmetic mavens, Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole) and Helena Rubinstein (LuPone), forging their way in the industry of beauty, each making a name for their empire in the face of each other’s success. The piece draws its inspiration from Linda Woodhead’s book by the same name, as well as the 2007 documentary The Powder & the Glory by Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman. War Paint was ushered to Broadway under the guidance of director Michael Greif and choreographer Christopher Gattelli.
Tickets for all remaining performances can be purchased at online or by calling 877.250.2929. Tickets sold for performances after November 5 can be rescheduled or refunded at their point of purchase.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.