FRIDA - THE MUSICAL to Open 10/26 at Gallo Center

"Frida - The Musical," a 'bio-musical' about the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, takes the stage at the Gallo Center for the Arts for one night only on Saturday, October 26 at 8 pm. Performed in English, the production features a cast of 30 actors, singers and dancers.

Tickets range in price from $30 to $75, and may be purchased online at, by calling (209) 338-2100, or from the Gallo Center ticket office at 1000 I Street in downtown Modesto.

"Frida - The Musical" won the Lady of Victory prize as the Best Mexican Musical of the Year in 2008. It stars accomplished stage performers Jackie Fernandez as Frida, Darling Lucas as the young Frida, Al Castillo as Diego Rivera, and David Trillo as Leon Trotsky. Directed by Octavio Salazar-Villava, the musical vividly portrays the intense physical and emotional difficulties the artist suffered during her lifetime, while linking the music and popular culture she admired.

Born in 1907, Kahlo is celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for her uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. Mexican and Amerindian cultures are important in her work, which has also been described as surrealist. Kahlo had a volatile marriage with the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera, as well as an affair with communist Leon Trotsky after he fled Joseph Stalin-led Russia for Mexico. She suffered lifelong health problems, many of wich were the result of a traffic accident she survived as a teenager. Recovering from her injuries isolated her from other people and this isolation influenced her works, including numerous self-portraits.

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