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Lempicka - San Diego, CA (Regional)

Fleeing the Russian revolution and leaving behind a world of opulence and wealth, aristocrat Tamara de Lempicka (Espinosa) and her beloved husband Tadeusz (Andrew Samonsky) are forced to make a new life.

In the rising tide of fascism, Tamara takes to painting to survive, and when she meets the free-spirited Rafaela (Cusack), a prostitute on the fringes of Parisian society, she's torn between the life she cherishes with her husband and the passion, ambition, and possibility awoken in her by her new muse.

Inspired by the life of the artist who transformed herself from penniless refugee to star of the art world when the world itself teetered on chaos, Lempicka looks at the beauty and danger of one painter pursuing it all.


La Jolla Playhouse

(La Jolla, CA)
2910 La Jolla Village Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 24, 2020
Responding to the extreme precarity the artistic community is experiencing amidst a dire lack of government intervention, Soho Rep. Project Number One creates jobs to support artists in this moment and will be part of building a new path forward.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 19, 2019
National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce this year's directors and musical directors for their 31st Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25, 2019 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The Festival events will kick off on Wednesday, October 23, with the return of The 46th Minute Concert at The Green Room 42.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 18, 2020
Washington Ensemble Theatre (WET) will produce a limited presentation of Vote Art Vote, A Queer Instigation, a collection of newly conceived performances from Seattle artists in response to the 2020 election season.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 11, 2020
New York Theatre Barn will host a free live stream of its New Works Series on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 at 7PM EDT, featuring excerpts from the new musicals Love, Rosie and Wonder Boy. The live 45-minute presentation will also feature a conversation with the writers and creative team.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 10, 2020
National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced the line-up of new musicals for their 32nd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20, 2020.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 1, 2020
New York Theatre Barn will continue to host weekly free live streams of its New Works Series each Wednesday evening at 7PM ET. Upcoming September installments of the series include excerpts from the new musicals A Walk On The Moon, Walt and Roy, We Live In Cairo, Loch Ness and more.
by Julie Musbach - Oct 4, 2019
National Alliance for Musical Theatre announces preliminary casting and additional programming for the 31st Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25, 2019 at New World Stages
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 22, 2019
The 3rd Annual Founder's Gala for the Garry Marshall Theatre honors the original Happy Days cast -- Ron Howard, Don Most, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and Henry Winkler.
by Julie Musbach - Oct 2, 2019
Theater Resources Unlimited presents the Writer-Producer Speed Date, a unique opportunity to pitch a project to a roomful of New York producers and artistic directors on Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm at the newly opened 797 Studios, 797 Eighth Avenue (betw. 48th and 49th), 3rd floor, NYC.
by Stage Tube - Oct 19, 2019
During last week's Best In Shows event, Bonnie Milligan and Eden Espinosa took the stage with Ricky the dog to perform a rendition of I Will Never Leave You from Side Show.
by Julie Musbach - Oct 18, 2019
National Alliance for Musical Theatre announces final casting for the 31st Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25, 2019 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).
by Alan Henry - Oct 16, 2019
BroadwayWorld has learned Lempicka will run at La Jolla Playhouse beginning Spring 2020. Starring Eden Espinosa and Amber Iman, Lempicka is directed by Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin, with music by Matt Gould and book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 15, 2020
National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced this year's directors, musical directors and casting for their 32nd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20, 2020. Due to the pandemic, the Festival will be reimagined and shared online through Broadway On Demand. Events will kick off on November 17.
by Julie Musbach - Oct 15, 2019
Henry Lombino and Those Guilty Creatures are thrilled to announce a new production of DUTCHMAN by LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka will play at Access Theater (380 Broadway) for three performances on November 7, 8, and 9 at 8:00pm.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 11, 2019
The National Alliance for Musical Theatre will kick-off this year's Festival of New Musicals at The Green Room 42 (at the Yotel, 570 10th Ave) with The 46th Minute concert on Wednesday, October 23 at 7 PM.  This concert is open to the public and tickets starting at $22, can be purchased by visiting 
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 8, 2019
In Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch, come into Katie's kitchen with some of Broadway's brightest as they eat, drink and merrily mix it up. See your favorite stars out of their element as they whip up dishes inspired by their Broadway show. Watch what happens when these actors trade belting for baking!
by Stephi Wild - Nov 5, 2019
New York Theatre Workshop announced today that the NYTW 2020 Gala will honor NYTW Usual Suspect & Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Three Pianos at NYTW) and Tony Award-winning producer Jordan Roth (Hadestown). The Gala will be held on Monday, February 3 at Capitale (130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013).
by Noelle Hannibal - Nov 22, 2019
Andrew Samonsky was born and raised about an hour north of Los Angeles in the coastal town of Ventura, CA. He majored in Music at California State University, Northridge, which just so happens my Alma Mater. Part of the Opera Program, Samonsky started taking drama classes from two professors, Peter Grego and Linda de Vries, who were the first theatre professors to direct operas in the music department. It was a huge educational opportunity for Samonsky to get acting training, which prior to this, the opera students never got. Samonsky says Grego and de Vries were instrumental in helping him prep and get into Grad School at UC Irvine. He shifted into theatre/musical theatre and hasn't looked back. A veteran of several Broadway and off-Broadway shows, along with several national tours and a Drama Desk Award nomination, I had the incredible good fortune to have a long chat with him about his career and his role in the National Tour of COME FROM AWAY, which lands in Montreal on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 20, 2019
La Jolla Playhouse announces four of six productions for its 2020/2021 season, including the world premieres of Bhangin' It, book by Mike Lew (Tiger Style!) and Rehana Lew Mirza (DNA New Work Series' Child of Colonialism), music and lyrics by Sam Willmott, directed by Amy Anders Corcoran, co-produced with McCarter Theatre Center; and Mother Russia, by UC San Diego MFA alumna Lauren Yee (Cambodian Rock Band), directed by Tyne Rafaeli (The Coast Starlight); along with What the Constitution Means to Me, the acclaimed work by Pulitzer Prize finalist Heidi Schreck, directed by Oliver Butler; and the previously-announced, Broadway-bound musical Lempicka, book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer, music by Matt Gould, directed by 2019 Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin (Broadway's Hadestown).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 19, 2020
Sony Music Masterworks, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, today announced it has made a strategic investment in Seaview, a leading theater production company headed by Tony Award-winning producer and entrepreneur Greg Nobile.
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Nov 16, 2020
Today's episode features beloved Broadway beltress Eden Espinosa, who is most recognized for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Listen as she chats about finding peace in the chaos of the pandemic, how she has coped with life without live theatre, and so much more.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 12, 2020
The National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced that the public can attend NAMT's 32nd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS by making a donation to NAMT ($30 donation for one day / $50 donation for both days).
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Nov 11, 2020
It's the Day of the Show Y'All host Spencer Glass is taking over our Instagram Live with his new show, Ten Minute Tidbits!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 28, 2021
La Jolla Playhouse has announced its return to live, in-person theatre with several exciting upcoming projects. This summer, the Playhouse will offer two on-site events: the Without Walls (WOW) production of A Thousand Ways (Part 2): An Encounter, by 600 Highwaymen, and the 2021 DNA New Works Series.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 4, 2020
Playwright Donja R. Love (one in two, Fireflies, Sugar in our Wounds) and Witness Uganda composers and lyricists Matt Gould (Jonathan Larson Grant winner; Lempicka) and Griffin Matthews ('Dear White People'), has secured the underlying rights for the new musical Drive Change, an incredible true story about the award-winning non-profit of the same name.
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Mar 29, 2021
Today's episode of Little known Facts features theatre administrator, writer, and advocate Howard Sherman. What are his thoughts on the return of Broadway? 'I think if you asked me a couple of weeks ago, I might have been slightly less optimistic than I am today,' he said.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 11, 2021
Broadway musicians Danielle Giulini and Drew Griffin have paired up to perform the Handel/Halvorsen violin and viola duet, 'Passacaglia.'
by OHenry Report - Jun 30, 2019
On this episode of BroadwayWorld's theatre business podcast, 'The OHenry Report,' Tony-nominated and Olivier-winning Broadway producer and investor Oliver Henry Roth talks to producer and Forbes theatre contributor Lee Seymour about what happened at the 2019 Tony Awards, and how those results have impacted the bottom lines for the productions that were (and weren't) recognized.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 17, 2021
Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT SPOTLIGHT SERIES, a free program of digital events, featuring LCT artists in performance, conversation and more, will continue on Thursday, June 24 at 7pm with the third episode of “Lileana Blain-Cruz in Conversation: On Directing.”
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jul 2, 2019
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 842 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. The 2019 class is 50% women, 29% people of color, and represents 59 countries. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2019.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 14, 2020
The Rubicon Goes Retro series continues July 20 through 22 with 2 AM AT THE SANDS: SAMONSKY SINGS SINATRA, a concert starring Broadway leading man and Ventura native ANDREW SAMONSKY backed by a nine-piece swing band conducted by KEVIN SURACE.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 7, 2020
Broadway's Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Rent, Falsettos) will present her new solo show 'Unplugged & Unplanned' for a month-long residency at NYC venue The Green Room 42 with four performances between Sunday, February 9 and Friday, February 28.
by Linnae Medeiros - Jan 28, 2020
As BroadwayWorld previously announced, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's classic musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is returning to New York in a special concert presentation from Manhattan Concert Productions on February 17th at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall! In celebration of the highly-anticipated production, we're giving you a guide to the star-studded cast, including Noah Galvin, Alex Newell, Jessica Vosk, Andy Karl, and so many more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 16, 2020
La Jolla Playhouse has announced the final two productions for its 2020/2021 season: the world premieres of to the yellow house, by Kimber Lee (tokyo fish story), directed by former Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller (School for Wives, Light Up the Sky), running July 14 - August 9; and Guilty Pleasure, by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey; screenplays for Sister Act, In & Out), directed by Christopher Ashley (Come From Away, Diana), the Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse. Produced in association with Diversionary Theatre, Guilty Pleasure will run November 8 - December 6.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 15, 2020
PAGE 73 PRODUCTIONS (Page 73) (Michael Walkup, Artistic Director; Amanda Feldman, Managing Director; Rebecca Yaggy, Director of Development; Liz Jones and Asher Richelli, Founding Directors) has named Emma Goidel the 2020 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow. Selected from over 400 applicants, Goidel will receive a $10,000 award and an additional $10,000 budgeted for developing several new plays over the course of the year.
by BroadwayRadio - Feb 5, 2020
On today's episode of 'Tell Me More,' Matt Tamanini talks to one of his favorite Bradway performers, Eden Espinosa. Whether you were first exposed to her via the original, live cast album for the musical 'Brooklyn,' you saw her as Elphaba in 'Wicked' on Broadway, you have her albums 'Look Around' and 'Revelation' in heavy rotation on your streaming service of choice, you know her as the voice of Cassandra on the Disney animated 'Tangled' series, you saw her touring the country as Trina in 'Falsettos,' or you are dying to see her in the Broadway bound musical 'Lempicka,' you will really enjoy this conversation.
by Broadwaysted - Feb 4, 2020
This week's episode has 'never felt more right' because we're thrilled to be sharing drinks and laughs with the brilliantly talented Eden Espinosa! We're pouring out Hudson Whiskey (love that Maple Cask Rye!) and Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila (so good!) as Eden spills about her years 'Defying Gravity' in Wicked, her experience recording the final performance of RENT on Broadway, and the powerful audience response to the Falsettos national tour.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 28, 2020
PAGE 73 PRODUCTIONS (Page 73) (Michael Walkup, Artistic Director; Amanda Feldman, Managing Director; Rebecca Yaggy, Director of Development; Liz Jones and Asher Richelli, Founding Directors) announced today that applications are open for the 2021 Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship and the Interstate 73 Writers Group.
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 26, 2020
THE GREEN ROOM 42 - the new intimate concert venue dubbed Broadway's 'off-night hotspot' by The New York Times - has announced that Broadway's Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Rent, Falsettos) will extend her acclaimed solo residency 'Unplugged & Unplanned' for three more shows due to popular demand. Originally scheduled to run through Friday, February 28, performances have been added on Friday, March 6 at 9:30 PM; Sunday, March 15 at 7:00 PM; and Sunday, March 22 at 9:30 PM. Inspired by the energy of the new decade, Espinosa is shaking things up to try something she's never done before: a laid-back evening of intimate dialogue, taking requests, special guests, spontaneous moments and off-the-cuff stories. Featuring selections from both of her albums, Broadway hits, pop covers, songs she's never sung before and more, 'Unplugged & Unplanned' delivers a different experience at every performance.
by Bobby Patrick - Feb 24, 2020
Eden Espinosa: Unplugged and Unplanned plays The Green Room 42 WITH COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SHOWS February 28 & March 6th, 15th & 22nd. For information and tickets please visit The Green Room 42 website.
by Abigail Charpentier - Feb 10, 2020
Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin is making her feature film directorial debut with Paramount's a?oeShrew's Nest,a?? according to Deadline.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 9, 2020
National Alliance for Musical Theatre is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Festival of New Musicals, which will take place on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2021. All writers can submit a free application for Festival consideration if submitted by December 21, 2020.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 9, 2019
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) announced today performers, presenters and the host for the NYTW 2020 Gala, honoring NYTW Usual Suspect & Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Three Pianos at NYTW) and Tony Award-winning producer Jordan Roth (Producer of Hadestown; President of Jujamcyn Theaters). The Gala will be held on Monday, February 3 at Capitale (130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013).
by Stephi Wild - Dec 28, 2019
2019 has come and gone, which means it's time to get excited for the new shows coming in 2020! This year will bring anticipated revivals of Company, West Side Story, and The Music Man, fan favorite Six, brand new musicals Diana, Mrs. Doubtfire, and MJ, and many more.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 19, 2019
Henry Lombino will present a new oratorio: Above the Noise by Daphne Gampel premiering at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street) for one performance on December 21 at 7:30pm.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 27, 2019
National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) has announced that beginning with the 2020 Festival of New Musicals, all writers can submit an application to be considered for the Festival free-of-charge. In keeping with previous years, submissions to the Festival will require an endorsement from an industry professional, but for the first time there will be no cost associated with on-time submissions regardless of who is endorsing the piece. NAMT's the current strategic plan aims to expand the musical theatre network by broadening and lengthening the development pipeline, a goal that will be accomplished in part through increased access and inclusivity. By removing submission fees and streamlining the Festival application process, NAMT aims to remove a potential barrier to entry for writers interested in applying to the Festival. Applications for the 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals will open on October 24th, and information about the application process can be found on the NAMT website at
by Stephi Wild - Apr 26, 2021
CEO Holly Reed of is proud to announce Tech Week! Learn the basics as well as advanced tips and tricks in industry-standard music notation, script writing and music production software.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 1, 2021
Congratulations are in order! Broadway power couple Nicolette Robinson and Leslie Odom Jr. have welcomed a baby boy into their family! Baby Abe is Robinson and Odom Jr.'s second child - they also have a young daughter named Lucille Ruby!