Musical theater is an amazingly diverse genre, and only that has contributed to many different people feeling seen and included. So, it doesn’t only make sense, it feels overdue that a movie that touches the topics Real Women Have Curves deals with would get its own musical adaptation.
Barry and Fran Weissler, the producers of Chicago and Waitress, are developing the adaptation, Grammy Award-winning Mexican pop group Jesse & Joy will create the music and lyrics, and Sergio Trujillo, who won a Tony Award for his choreography in Ain’t Too Proud, will direct.
“When I won my Tony Award in 2019,” Trujillo discussed in an interview from earlier this year, “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, which is probably why this adaptation caught his eye.
Lisa Loomer, best known for her script for Girl, Interrupted, will write the script.
Based on a 1987 play by Josefina López, the 2002 film Real Women Have Curves, which served as America Ferrera’s debut, tells the story of a teenager struggling with what she wants to do with her life and what her immigrant parents want for her.
Though the adaptation is still a long way from Broadway, if it makes it there, it will mark the first Broadway musical with a Latine director, book writer, lyricist, and composer.