Lempicka on Broadway Show Recently Closed

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Lempicka Summary

  • Show Status: Recently Closed
  • Genre: Musical
  • Lempicka is 2 hours and 20 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 19, 2024
  • Show Opened : April 14, 2024
  • Show Closed: May 19, 2024

Escaping Russian turmoil between the wars (and before becoming one of the leading figures of the Art Deco movement), Tamara de Lempicka is forced to leave a life of luxury and riches behind in the hopes of surviving a world in crisis.

What's Lempicka Like?

Lempicka takes place in Warsaw, Poland from 1917-1923 which at the time was part of the Russian Empire. The show tells the story of the chilling real life events of the famous painter, Tamara de Lempicka and her husband, Tadeusz during the Russian Revolution and the rise of Bolshevism.

Bolshevik’s Attempt To Continue Their Reign

This is a time where the Russian monarch family, the Bolshevik’s, were trying to continue their reign over the Russian Empire, when a strong sense of change was upon them. The Lempicka’s, who were once part of the wealthy elite from old money, are at risk of being murdered by the mob and are forced to leave their old lives behind to escape to France where they are considerably safer.

Tamara's Struggle

Tamara has a great struggle with her family's new place in the world, which is encompassed by hunger and poverty. Lacking any basic skills that can earn them money, she learns to paint and eventually sells her work. Throughout the show, the main actress paints masterpieces on canvas and sings beautiful songs to help her deal with her quick getaway, new life and extreme situation.

Much Like Her Art, This Show Has Evolved

The show’s music has been adjusted and revised numerous times and now delivers a graceful and elegant tone that depicts her pain and hope for the future.

Is Lempicka Good for Kids?

Due to this show’s Russian Revolution narrative, the show is not recommended for children under 13 years old as violent acts and sexual assault are depicted.

Lempicka on Broadway Background

Lempicka was written by female playwright Carson Kreitzer, who based the musical on the real life story of the famous Polish painter and one of her favorite female heroes, Tamara de Lempicka.

Story Developed at Yale University

Kreitzer learned about Lempicka when she studied at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in 1989. It was at Yale that she studied theatre, literature and earned her Masters in Fine Arts and eventually graduated magna cum laude in Spring 1991.

Master’s Thesis at Yale

Krietzer then wrote Lempicka as part of her Master’s thesis at Yale and had the musical reviewed by the Yale Repertory Theatre (Yale Rep) in 2011 for them to make suggestions and revisions to improve the show’s continuity. Since then, Lempicka premiered in its final form during the July, 2018 Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts and then later went on to make its West Coast premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California.

Broadway Debut Was Originally Set For 2019

Lempicka was set to make its Broadway debut in March 2019 and was to make Carson Kreitzer an official Broadway playwright and overnight success.

Rachel Chavkin was set as the director for this show, known for directing for the Tony Award winning musical Hadestown, which opened in March, 2019 and went on to sweep the Tony Awards that year. The COVID-19 pandemic changed everything and all new show openings were cancelled as Broadway went on hiatus for 18 months.

Tamara de Lempicka's Art Deco Works

Tamara de Lempicka was a grand Polish artist. Born in Warsaw, she made her mark in the high society of Paris and later in the United States. A master of the brush, she was, known for her elegant portraits and bold Art Deco style. Her paintings, shimmered with the spirit of the roaring '20s and '30s, capturing the glamour and sophistication of the time. A true gem of the art world, leaving a legacy that still dazzles today.

Lempicka's Famous Works

Lempicka's famous work is characterized by its sleek, stylized depictions of the human form, often with a focus on elegant and glamorous subjects. She was particularly celebrated for her portraits, which captured the sophisticated and fashionable zeitgeist of the 1920s and 1930s.

Throughout her career, Lempicka's style evolved, and she continued to paint in various genres, including still life and landscapes. After experiencing a resurgence of interest in her work in the late 20th century, Tamara de Lempicka is now regarded as one of the leading figures of the Art Deco movement.

Theatre Information

Longacre Theatre

220 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,095
Entrance: 48th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenues
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Cast Members

Tadeusz Lempicki
Andrew Samonsky
Tamara de Lempicka
Eden Espinosa
George Abud
Nathaniel Stampley
Beth Leavel
Amber Iman
Suzy Solidor
Natalie Joy Johnson
Zoe Glick

Past Cast Members

Victor E. Chan


Seaview Productions

Jenny Niederhoffer

Wagner Johnson Productions

Production Credits

Rachel Chavkin
Raja Feather Kelly

Creative Team

Book Writer
Carson Kreitzer
Carson Kreitzer
Matt Gould