The Iconic Latina Film ‘Real Women Have Curves’ Will Have Its Musical

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From play to film, and now to musical, “Real Women Have Curves” is a landmark in Latino culture and independent film history. Based on the 1987 play of the same name by Josefina Lopez, “Real Women Have Curves” tells the story of a Mexican-American teenage girl struggling to choose between living her own life and living the life her parents want her to live.

The film, starring America Ferrera in her feature film debut, broke with Hollywood convention and is now considered one of the most influential films of the 2000s.

Between immigration, identity, and body positivity, “Real Women Have Curves” is a story that stands the test of time.

Now, Barry and Fran Weissler, the producers of “Chicago” and “Waitress,” want to bring it to the Broadway stage.

As reported by Forbes, the Weisslers are developing a musical adaptation of the acclaimed film. They have hired Sergio Trujillo, the first Hispanic to receive the Tony Award for Best Choreography, as the show’s director.

“When I won my Tony Award in 2019,” Trujillo recalled in a recent interview, “I made a personal contract with myself that I was going to be on the frontlines to ensure that stories about the Latino culture are being told.” “I [was] given a megaphone,” he said.

“What Real Women Have Curves does is reminds me of all the Latin women in my life … who fought and worked so hard in their lives for me to be able to be able to get to do these things,” Trujillo added. 

Similarly, writer Lisa Loomer has been hired to write the screenplay, and Mexican pop group Jesse & Joy will be in charge of the music and lyrics. This would make “Real Women Have Curves, The Musical” the first Broadway musical with a Latino director, writer, lyricist, and composer.

With information from Forbes.