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Like Water for Chocolate is Coming to the Stage



Ain’t too Proud producers Tom Hulce and Ira Pittleman have decided to turn the 1993 film Like Water For Chocolate into a stage musical. The film was based on the 1989 novel, both written by Laura Esquivel. 

The story revolves around a young girl who longs to marry her lover, but is not allowed to because of her mother who expects her to uphold their family traditions. She struggles to decide between the thing she wants most in life and keeping the peace within her family. She finds an outlet in cooking and uses it to convey her most inner emotions.

Lumi Cavazos in a scene from the Miramax film ‘Like Water for Chocolate.’ (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Lumi Cavazos in a scene from the Miramax film ‘Like Water for Chocolate.’ (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

“The musical Like Water for Chocolate waited until a group of extraordinary dreamers came together: La Santa Cecilia and Quiara Alegría Hudes, Lisa Loomer and Michael Mayer, and Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman, the ideal group to give voice to the culture that runs through our veins and waited years to be seen and heard,” Esquivel said in a press release. “My thanks to all of you for dreaming the dream of a dream.”

So far, there are many award-winning creatives announced to work on the stage adaptation. The Grammy award-winning, Latin music group La Santa Cecilla has been announced to write the music for the show. Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, who is best known for her work on the musical In The Heights, is set to pen the lyrics.

The musical will be directed by Michael Mayer who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of  Spring Awakening in the 2006-2007 season. The book will be written by Lisa Loomer who also wrote the play The Waiting Room as well as the film scripts for Girl Interrupted and the Netflix original movie Nappily Ever After.

The 1989 novel has now sold millions of copies all around the world and has been published in 45 different languages. The film became the highest-grossing foreign language film released in the United States and Canada grossing $21.6 million. The film also received a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Foreign Language Film” as well as ten Ariel Awards — the Mexican Academy of Film Awards.

The timeline for the production has yet to be released, but we can’t wait to see it on the stage!