This is definitely the summer of Frida! How lucky are we? Most of the Frida Kahlo fun seems to be taking place in California. Whether you experience her life’s work at the Bowers Museum in Anaheim (this is closing soon!) or at a festival in San Fransisco, it’s up to you how you accept the life of this renowned artist.
For a limited time only, viewers will be able to go on the journey of her incredible life live on stage. The Long Beach Opera is presenting Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s “Frida” — a live musical that includes dancers, puppets, and more.
“It is the biographical parade, in all its mysterious, miraculous, macabre, brilliantly colored splendor that matters,” writes Mark Swed, in his Los Angeles Times review of the show.
The play itself, as he states, is Frida’s complete life from start to finish and is told in six scenes. The show begins in Mexico City 1923 as Frida attends the National Preparatory School, and learns what death looks like and the revolution comes to an end. The show closes with her dramatic death as she relives episodes of her life. Frida ends with a cry of “Viva, la vida… allegría…and Diego.” But of course, Frida’s life could never be told so easily. This show encompasses her artistic flair and passion.
The show is also sung in both Spanish and English. The site states that the storyline flows through “three woman and three men in a variety of guises” and appear, at times, as three-dimensional puppets. Her artwork also makes up the backdrop to the show.
Did we forget to mention the show is free?! At least one show is, so you best get on that. The show will take place at 8 p.m. Sunday, Saturday and June 25 at the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach; and 8 p.m. Friday at Grand Performances, Two California Plaza, downtown Los Angeles. Price ranges between $49-$150 (MOLAA) and free (Grand Performances). For more information call (562) 470-7464, Ext. 101, or visit www.longbeachopera.org.