A new musical based on the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is in the works, with Jaime Lozano writing music and Obie-winning playwright Neena Beber contributing lyrics. The Kahlo family, BTF Media, and producer Valentina Berger are collaborating on the project, currently titled FRIDA, The Musical.
The musical will follow Frida on her journey from Mexico City to Paris to New York, and finally back home as she follows her passions. The creative team has been given acess to exclusive material from Kahlo’s estate to craft the work, which will receive a workshop presentation in 2023.
“Frida still has so much to teach us, and I am thrilled at the chance to honor her life and her work through this most expressive medium,” said Berger in a statement. “Her spirit is very much alive [in] our young creative team, who continually dazzle me with their big creative swings and mind-bending talent.”
“We are deeply moved that this show will allow audiences around the world to get to know Frida as so much more than just an artist,” said Mara Romeo, universal heiress to the Frida Kahlo legacy, on behalf of the Kahlo family in a statement. “Full of joy, ahead of her time, and steeped in the culture of Mexico, she was a woman driven by an unending passion for life. I hope that this show inspires women everywhere to have the courage to fight for their dreams.”