After 49 performances at the Arclight Theatre, Tony Award-winner Priscilla Lopez (A Chorus Line, A Day in Hollywood...) will paint her last portrait of Frida Kahlo Dec. 11.
The Dolores C. Sendler biodrama The Passion of Frida Kahlo will close that day following previews that began Oct. 25 and performances that officially began Nov. 4. The drama, previously known as Goodbye, My Friduchita, is directed by Michael John Garces (Dreaming in Cuban).
Passion blends dance, music, projections and drama into the life story of painter Kahlo. Kahlo, who married fellow artist, the muralist Diego Rivera, carried on affairs with men and women, favored communism and suffered with her own demons. A streetcar accident left her in terrible pain for many years, and she spent her last several years bedridden with illness.
Under its first title Goodbye My Friduchita, Passion played seven months at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in 1997-98, then opened in New York for a run at the Director's Company in spring 1999. Sendler's other works include The Day the Pope Came to Town and a musical adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea.
Lopez, who first became prominent in her OBIE-winning role of Morales in A Chorus Line, won the Tony for Best Featured Actress as Gino in 1980s musical Marx Brothers takeoff, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. Other Broadway credits include The Sisters Rosensweig, Nine, Pippin and Company. Passion, like Friduchita, co-stars Mexican actress Anilu Pardo, Claudia J. Arenas, David Anzuelo and Bill Torres. Vera Huff choreographs.
The same design team returned for the commercial Arclight production of Kahlo: Troy Hourie (sets), Mimi O'Donnell (costumes), Robert Williams (lighting), William Padilla (sound) and Elaine McCarthy (projections). Producing the new version are Julian Schlossberg and Michael Parva in association with Ted Tulchin and Dolores Quinton.
Tickets ($45) to The Passion of Frida Kahlo are available by calling (212) 307-4100.
-- By David Lefkowitz & Christine Ehren