The Kahlo family, universal rights owners of the Frida Kahlo estate represented by Alfonso Durán, alongside BTF Media and theatrical producer Valentina Berger, have announced the development of FRIDA, The Musical, a new work based on the life story of Frida Kahlo.
With a first workshop slated for 2023, the musical will feature music by the widely acclaimed Mexican composer Jaime Lozano and lyrics by the Obie Award-winning playwright Neena Beber.
Frida Kahlo’s bold and controversial life has been the subject of fascination for biographers, art historians, feminists and dramatists for decades. Now FRIDA reveals new, rarely explored layers of this most complex — and ardently Mexican – genius as it follows her journey from Mexico City to Paris and New York, and finally back home to the house of her birth for one final professional triumph.
Grounded by the rollercoaster romance between the artist and her great love, Diego Rivera, FRIDA will be a full-throated celebration of Kahlo’s joyous spirit of creativity and her unmatched gift for transforming physical and emotional pain into breathtaking beauty.
Frida Kahlo redefined beauty, humanity, political activism, feminism, and sexuality in her time. Through an explosion of music, alongside authentic imagery and exclusive material granted by the estate, FRIDA promises to bring audiences new dimensions of this sister, friend, artist, lover, and perennially relevant icon.
Speaking on behalf of the Kahlo Family, Mara Romeo, universal heiress to the Frida Kahlo legacy, said:
“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. 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.”
Additional news about FRIDA will be announced soon.