Musical illuminates the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo

Plans for a musical about the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo have been announced.

The show will reportedly feature music by Mexican composer Jaime Lozano and lyrics by award-winning playwright Neena Beber.

The musical has the blessing of the Kahlo family – holders of the universal rights to the Frida Kahlo estate, alongside BTF Media and theater producer Valentina Berger.

Mara Romeo, speaking on behalf of the Kahlo family, 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.

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Visitors look at a mural depicting Mexican painter Frida Kahlo during Frida Fest near Edinburgh, Texas (Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP)

“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 this show inspires women around the world to have the courage to fight for their dreams.”

Kahlo created more than 150 paintings, mostly depicting herself and events from her own life, which changed drastically when she was injured in a tram accident at the age of 18.

She underwent a series of painful surgeries for her damaged spinal and pelvic bones, and then wore a cast until her death in 1954 at the age of 47.

Bedridden, she began painting, and one of her early admirers was Diego Rivera, the celebrated muralist and activist, whom she married in 1929 and who would accompany her to the end, although he often broke her heart with his affairs.

The planned show, titled Frida, The Musical, will follow Kahlo’s journey from Mexico City to Paris and New York, and finally back to her birthplace.

Producers call it “a full-bodied celebration of Kahlo’s joyful spirit of creativity and her unparalleled ability to transform physical and emotional pain into breathtaking beauty.”

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