War Paint: The Original Broadway Cast Recording….A Review

By Dr. LARRY MYERS****Analagous to Dolly’s matchmaking prowess is this season’s Machiavellian make-up maneuvers and manipulations of Patti LuPone as Helena Rubenstein and  Christine Ebersole as Elizabeth Arden in War Paint, and the Broadway cast recording is now available, released on Ghostlight Records (physical copies and downloads).

 The rival purveyors of glamour have a rivalry with the ferocity of Mary Stuart and Elizabeth. The two Broadway divas deliver the campy, sassy and informed Michael Korie lyrics with an artistry equal to Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne when thy were paired.  The two women and their supporting men seem to lunge at you, jumping off the CD like lively holograms.