While in New York City last week, I happened to walk through the theater district on my way to lunch, when I passed by the Nederlander Theatre and looked up at the marquee; stopping dead in my tracks
OH. MY. GOD!!!
Much to my surprise and delight, I saw the names of two of my all-time favorite Broadway actresses (and two-time Tony Award winners), Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole.
TOGETHER... in a musical!!!
OH. MY. GOD!!!
Well, I immediately grabbed my camera and began taking photographs. And then when I returned to Philly that evening, I went online and researched the musical. I discovered that it was a fascinating story about Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, who defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. Both were brilliant innovators, who became the country’s first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to the cosmetic 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.
Another reason I was so excited about this musical is that Christine Ebersole was a fellow-theater student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts back in 1974, which is the year I attended. In fact, it's ironic because nine months ago I shared a post about revisiting my alma mater in which I talked about Christine.
I am also a HUGE fan of Patti LuPone, who starred in the original Broadway 1979 production of Evita, the musical based on the life of Eva Perón, which just so happens to be my VERY favorite musical EVER.
Therefore, I decided that I am going to book a ticket for War Paint so I can see these two legendary and exceptionally talented women perform onstage together. And I can't wait!!!!
Here are a few exterior shots of the Nederlander Theatre...
I found these following photographs online...
The real-life Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden
The actresses who portray Helena and Elizabeth
Pictures from the show...
Aren't the costumes faaaaaaaaabulous?????
I LOVE this photo...
I chose this final image because of the warmth and affection expressed between these two grand ladies, who I so greatly admire and respect...
Have a spectacular weekend everyone!
In case you're interested, here is a short yet very interesting video clip on the "Behind-the-Scenes" creation of the musical, War Paint. Enjoy!