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Amber Iman, Beth Leavel and more join ‘Lempicka’

Full principal casting has been announced for the new musical opening in April at the Longacre Theatre.

(L-R) George Abud, Beth Leavel, Eden Espinosa, Amber Iman, Natalie Joy Johnson and Andrew Samonsky (Credit: Kevin Doan)

The principal cast for “Lempicka” is set. The cast was revealed during a special event at Sotheby’s auction house on Jan. 17. The previously announced musical, directed by Rachel Chavkin, will begin previews on March 19. Opening night is set for April 14 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre.

In addition to the previously announced Eden Espinosa as the title character, “Lempicka” will feature Amber Iman as Rafaela, Andrew Samonsky as Tadeusz Lempicki, George Abud as Marinetti, Nathaniel Stampley as the Baron, Natalie Joy Johnson as Suzy Solidor, Zoe Glick as Kizette and Tony Award winner Beth Leavel as the Baroness. Casting is by the Telsey Office.

Iman made her Broadway debut in 2013’s “Soul Doctor,” and subsequently appeared in 2016’s “Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.” She is co-founder of the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, the recipient of a 2020 Special Tony Award.

Samonsky’s last appeared on Broadway in 2012’s “Scandalous,” having made his debut in 2008’s “South Pacific.” He played Robert in the 2015 tour of “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Abud originated the role of Camal in the 2017 Broadway production of “The Band’s Visit,” as well as in its Off-Broadway premiere. He made his Broadway debut in 2015’s “The Visit.”

Stampley performed in both the original Broadway production of “The Color Purple” in 2005 and the 2015 revival. He was last seen on the Main Stem as Reverend Samuel Jacob Lewis in 2022’s “Paradise Square.”

Johnson originated the role of Enid in 2007’s “Legally Blonde,” and later played Paulette in the 2008 national tour.

After performing in national tours of “The Sound of Music” and “Les Misérables,” Glick made her Broadway debut in 2018’s “Frozen” as Young Anna.

Leavel made her Broadway debut replacing in the role of Anytime Annie in the original Broadway production of “42nd Street,” later assuming the role of Dorothy Brock in the 2001 revival. A Tony winner for her performance as the titular character in 2006’s “The Drowsy Chaperone,” she received additional nominations for 2011’s “Baby, It’s You!” and 2018’s “The Prom.”

Featuring a book co-written by Carson Kreitzer and Matt Gould, with lyrics by Kreitzer and music by Gould, “Lempicka” chronicles the life, love and work of Polish art-deco painter Tamara de Lempicka.

“Lempicka” is being produced by Seaview and Jenny Niederhoffer.