FIRST LOOK & LISTEN: One of the most talked about new musicals expecting to hit Broadway when Live Theater returns is the brand new original musical Lempicka.
For a little snippet of what Theatergoers can expect, here is powerhouse favorite Eden Espinosa (Broadway's WICKED, Brooklyn, and Rent, along with the National Tour of Falsettos and the voice of "Cassandra" on Disney's Tangled: The Series) in the title role performing the powerful BURN IT UP during the musical's world premiere run at Williamstown Theatre Festival back in 2017.
In case anyone may not know, LEMPICKA features original music by Matt Gould along with lyrics and book by Carson Kreitzer. The show is the true story of acclaimed Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka. It follows her journey as she fled Russia after the Revolution along with surviving Nazi-occupied Paris. During her time in Paris, she takes up painting as a way to survive. In addition, she meets and falls in love with a free-spirited prostitute. From that moment, Lempicka is torn between the happy life she cherishes with her husband and daughter along with the passion, ambition, and possibility awoken in her by her new muse.
LEMPICKA developed through both readings and workshops from 2011 through 2017. It had its official world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA in 2018. Under the direction of Tony winner Rachel Chavkin and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly, the cast was led by….
Eden Espinosa in the titular role,
Tony nominee Carmen Cusack as the prostitute "Rafaela",
Andrew Samonsky as husband "Tadeusz Lempicki",
Alexandra Templer as daughter "Kizette de Lempicka",
Steven Rattazzi as "Marinetti",
Nathaniel Stampley as "The Baron",
Rachel Tucker as "The Baroness",
Natalie Joy Johnson as "Suzy Solidor".
Before heading to Broadway, LEMPICKA was originally scheduled to have its Pre-Broadway out-of-town tryout in La Jolla, California at La Jolla Playhouse this past Spring 2020. However, it was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rumors are said the production will reschedule its run for either in 2021 or 2011. At this time, the creative team have been given the extra time to work on the show virtually. By the time Live Theater reopens, it will get a huge jump start.
Who is excited?!!!