Listen to Eden Espinosa Sing ‘Woman Is’ From LEMPICKA


Eden Espinosa | Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Dan Meyer
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May 24, 2022 11:00 AM

La Jolla Playhouse has released a first-track listen for its upcoming West Coast premiere production of Lempicka, the highly anticipated Broadway-aimed musical. The musical begins performances June 14 ahead of a June 25 opening night. Check out the show’s title star Eden Espinosa singing “Woman Is” below.

Set during the Russian Revolution, Lempicka follows a young painter named Tamara de Lempicka and her aristocratic husband as they flee to Paris. Clawing her way from refugee to in-demand portraitist, Tamara earns a place among Parisian high society—but her world is upended by a beautiful stranger named Rafaela.

Joining Espinosa in the cast are George Abud as Marinetti, Victor E. Chan as Baron, Amber Iman as Rafaela, Natalie Joy Johnson as Suzy Solidor, Jacquelyn Ritz as Baroness, Andrew Samonsky as Tadeusz Łempicki, and Jordan Tyson as Kizette. Rounding out the cast are ensemble members Leanne Antonio, Lauren Blackman, Leovina Charles, Milena J. Comeau, Michael Louis Cusimano, Alexa Jane Lowis, David Merino, Luke Monday, Devin L. Roberts, Ximone Rose, Morgan Nicholas Scott, Joey Taranto, and Mariand Torres.

The musical features a score by lyricist Carson Kreitzer (also the book writer and conceiver) and composer Matt Gould, with orchestrations by Cian McCarthy. Tony winner Rachel Chavkin directs the West Coast premiere with choreography from Raja Feather Kelly. The creative team for Lempicka includes scenic designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer Anita Yavich, lighting designer Bradley King, sound designer Nevin Steinberg, and music supervision by Remy Kurs, with Peter Duchan serving as creative consultant.

“Woman Is” comes off the forthcoming Original Cast Recording of Lempicka, with a release date to be announced. The track was produced by Matt Stine and recorded and mixed by Isaiah Abolin. It was recorded at Berklee at PowerStation and mastered by Oscar Zambrano for Zampol Productions.

Following Lempicka, the California mainstay will present Here There Are Blueberries by Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich; Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) by Andrea Thome; the 2022 Pulitzer Prize finalist Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord; a re-imagined take on As You Like It, co-directed by artistic director Christopher Ashley and Will Davis; and the world premiere musical adaptation of The Outsiders.

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.