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‘Lempicka’ is a musical crafted in contrasts

Writers Carson Kreitzer and Matt Gould and director Rachel Chavkin break down the ideas behind their Broadway dramatization of the life of painter Tamara de Lempicka.

Eden Espinosa as Tamara de Lempicka (Credit: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman)

Tamara de Lempicka is an artist of contradictions. Her paintings are distinctly recognizable (I know that portrait), yet her name draws a blank (Who?). The images she created contain vibrant hues and bottomless shadows, fluid shapes and stark lines. The new musical that bears the artist’s name and tells her story, “Lempicka,” is also built on contrast. 

“One of the things that really moved me about the story from the get-go is that she had to flee Russia, start this whole new life through adversity and become the painter she was clearly meant to be and never would have been — I don’t think — without her whole life falling apart,” said co-book writer and lyricist Carson Kreitzer. 

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