If you have the opportunity to see a Broadway musical this year, I recommend War Paint.

The Great White Way hasn’t enjoyed this type of power-theatre season in quite a few years. Hello Dolly with Bette Midler—and 10 Tony Award nominations—is standing room only and proves itself standing-ovation worthy night after night.

Come From Away at the Schoenfeld Theatre warms hearts and, as the New York Times says, “Blows out a gale of good will each night.” Few leave the show dry-eyed.

Off-the-charts brilliant and family worthy—but more than in a Disney way—is Dear Evan Hansen. Many wondered if the show’s move from off-Broadway to a mainstream house would translate. It translated beautifully and garnered the show 9 Tony nominations.

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 starring Josh Groban has 12, well-deserved nominations; A Doll’s House has 8. And in the mix are The Little Foxes, Six Degrees of Separation, and Ground Hog Day.

For me, the most joyous and entertaining production of the season showcases two of the most talented ladies to ever step on a stage. Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole— challenging each other, playing two business titans who, by all accounts, loathed each other so much that they would never say the other’s name—raise the musical bar.

With Lupone as cosmetic titan, Helena Rubinstein and Ebersole as her arch-rival, Elizabeth Arden, War Paint at the Nederlander Theatre is a knock out. CBS Sunday Morning’s Richard Schlesinger took a look and it’s a super-duper summary of the show and its back story.

To learn more, take a look at the official website for War Paint. And enjoy!

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

1 comment

Leave a ReplyCancel reply

Exit mobile version