America Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros in “Real Women Have Curves”
(Photo: Newmarket Film)
The acclaimed 2002 film Real women have curves by Josefina López is being adapted into a musical, according to Forbes. Producers Barry and Fran Weissler brought in Tony-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo to lead Grammy-winning Mexican pop group Jesse & Joy to write the music and lyrics. Lisa Loomer will write the book.
Real women have curves is López’s reflection on the plight of the garment workers in Los Angeles and his experience of becoming a legal resident of the United States. It started out as a play and premiered in 1990 at the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco before being adapted into the award-winning Sundance film in 2002, starring America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros and George Lopez. In 2015, López updated his original play at the Pasadena Playhouse in honor of the play’s 25th anniversary.
“What Real women have curves It reminds me of all the Latin women in my life, ”said Trujillo. “My mother, my sister, my aunts. Women who fought and worked so hard in their lives so that I could, you know, do these things. Who made the sacrifices so that I could have the life that I’ve had.”
Trujillo, who won a Tony Award for choreography Is not too proud, get an additional nomination for the choreography On your feet!. Her other Broadway choreography credits include Summer, A Bronx Tale, Memphis, Jersey Boys and more.
More information, including a production schedule and a cast, is to come.