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Pulitzer Prize finalist Eric Cervini joins ‘Lempicka’ as co-producer

The new musical is currently in previews at the Longacre Theatre.

Eden Espinosa and a painting by Tamara de Lempicka (Credit: Emilio Madrid)

“Lempicka” has added a new co-producer. Queer historian Eric Cervini has joined the producing team of the new musical which began previews on March 19 at the Longacre Theatre. Chronicling the life of Polish art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, “Lempicka” is slated to open on April 14.

Though Cervini joined the producing team at the start of 2024, he made the announcement in a social media video on April 1.

“I’m co-producing it because it’s the best musical I’ve ever seen,” the author said. “It is incredible.” The production marks Cervini’s first Broadway producing credit.

Cervini is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his 2020 book “The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America,” the biography of pioneering LGBTQ rights activist Frank Kameny. In addition to sharing queer history stories on social media, Cervini runs the newsletter  “Queer History 101” and hosts the podcast “Deviant’s World.”

Cervini’s announcement about “Lempicka” focuses on the musical’s exploration of the titular painter’s bisexuality and the context of the time in history — the 1920s and 1930s Europe — in which she worked.

Featuring a book co-written by Carson Kreitzer and Matt Gould, music by Gould and lyrics by Kreitzer, “Lempicka” is directed by Rachel Chavkin.

“Lempicka” is produced by Seaview and Jenny Niederhoffer.