Get a first listen to the upcoming Broadway musical Lempicka starring Eden Espinosa with a new music video for "Woman Is." Matt Gould (Witness Uganda) and Carson Kreitzer's new work will begin performances at the Longacre Theatre March 19 ahead of an April 14 opening night. Tony winner Rachel Chavkin is at the helm. See the video above.
The work follows the true story of Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka, a young aristocrat-turned-artist who flees with her husband from the turmoil of the Russian Revolution for exile in Paris. Once there, Tamara meets her new muse, Rafaela, and claws her way to success. The book, lyrics, and original concept are by Kreitzer, with Gould co-writing the book and penning the music.
Raja Feather Kelly (A Strange Loop) is choreographing. The production will feature scenic design by Riccardo Hernández, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Peter Hylenski and Justin Stasiw, projection design by Peter Nigrini, hair and wig design by Mia Neal, music supervision by Remy Kurs, music direction by Charity Wicks, orchestrations by Cian McCarthy, and casting by The Telsey Office. Peter Duchan is serving as creative consultant, and Cody Renard Richard will be production stage manager.
The musical has played two earlier runs, in 2019 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and in 2022 at La Jolla Playhouse. Espinosa starred in both earlier productions, both also directed by Chavkin. The work was also developed at the National Alliance for Musical Theater's Festival of New Musicals in 2016.
Three tracks have been released from a 2022 original cast recording, featuring La Jolla cast members Espinosa, George Abud, and Amber Iman. Click here to stream.