Lempicka, a new musical, is having its world premiere in summer 2022 at the La Jolla Playhouse ahead of a planned Broadway transfer.
Amidst the violence of the Russian Revolution, a young painter named Tamara de Lempicka and her aristocrat husband are forced to abandon their luxurious lifestyle and flee to the dubious safety of Paris. Relying on her raw talent and relentless ambition, Tamara claws her way from penniless refugee to in-demand portraitist, earning a place among Parisian high society. Her world is upended once again when she meets Rafaela, a free spirit from the city slums, who introduces Tamara to a new world of decadence and passion. Torn between her new muse and her husband, fighting to leave her mark on an ever-changing world, Tamara must discover the depths of her own strength to survive.
Spanning decades of political and personal turmoil and told through a thrilling, pop-infused score, Lempicka boldly explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, a woman ahead of her era, and an artist whose time has finally come.
The Lempicka musical had its world premiere at the 2018 Williamstown Theatre Festival to acclaim. Its pre-Broadway venue, the La Jolla Playhouse, has produced pre-Broadway runs of shows like Jersey Boys, Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Come From Away.
Lempicka would mark bookwriter/lyricist Carson Kreitzer and bookwriter/composer Matt Gould's Broadway-debut show. Hadestown Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin directs.