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How Lempicka Producers Are Using Art Deco Masterpieces to Sell a Broadway Musical


It’s a dramatic way to sell a new Broadway show.

The Longacre Theatre is getting a high art overhaul as the home of Lempicka, a new musical about Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka. The theater will showcase many of the artist’s most famous works as part of a new outdoor exhibition meant to generate excitement for a production that arrives without the commercial benefit of being based on a movie or the song catalogue of a rock legend.

Instead of more traditional theatrical front-of-house advertising, hawking pictures of smiling stars or vast chorus lines (along with some strategically edited “rave reviews”), the Longacre’s façade now boasts dramatic and colorful prints of high society denizens or recumbent nude women, that hail from the glory days of the Art Deco movement. The Longacre’s outdoor exhibition includes works of “Self Portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti)” (1929), “Young Girl in Green” (1927), “Nu Adossé” (1925), “The Red Tunic” (1927), “The Blue Scarf” (1930), “The Green Turban” (1930), “Portrait of Marjorie Ferry” (1932), “Portrait of Ira P.” (1930)...READ MORE



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