HER VOICE. HIS VISION. THEIR STORY.
Direct from Broadway, On Your Feet!, the smash-hit jukebox musical based on the lives of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, dances its way onto the West End stage from June 2019! Packed full of heart, heritage and the most iconic pops songs of the era, this inspirational true story will run for a strictly limited season at the London Coliseum.
Charting the Estefans’ journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom, On Your Feet! is a tale about two people who believed in their talent and each other. Gloria has sold over 100 million records worldwide and Emilio is a founding member of the ground-breaking Miami Sound Machine, who created a brand new Latin crossover sound, fusing infectious Cuban rhythms with American pop and disco.
This exhilarating musical features the songs ‘Conga’, ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’, ‘Get On Your Feet’, ‘Don’t Want To Lose You Now’ and ‘1-2-3’. On Your Feet! is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), with choreography by Olivier Award-winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and book by Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris (‘Birdman’).
This warm, heart-breaking, true story based on the lives and music of 26-time Grammy Award-winning husband-and-wife duo Gloria and Emilio Estefan, is the jukebox musical of 2019. Get On Your Feet and book tickets today, you don’t want to miss out.
Christie Prades will play Gloria Estefan, with Philippa Stefani appearing in the role at certain performances. George Ioannides will play Emilio Estefan, Madalena Alberto will play Gloria Fajardo and Karen Mann will play Consuelo.
The role of ‘Little Gloria’ will be shared by Klaudia Gjergji, Holly McDonagh and Emily Perra, with Santiago Huertas Ruiz, Jonathan Naranjo and Alejandro Puentes Motato sharing the role of Nayib/Young Emilio/Jeremy.
The cast is completed by Hollie Cassar, Francisco Del Solar, Katie Dunsden, Eduardo Enrikez, Laura Friedrich Tejero, Denzel Giskus, Francesca Lara Gordon, Yonly Leyva Desdunes, Elia Lo Tauro, Martin McCarthy, Alicia Mencía, Ciro Lourencio Meulens, Carl Patrick, Clayton Rosa, Julia Ruiz Fernandez, Shanna Michelle Slaap, Dawnita Smith, Frank van Hengel, Despina Violari and Alain Zambrana Borges.
Told in flash-backs, On Your Feet! charts the life of Cuban-fusion pop music legends Gloria and Emilio Estefan from the very beginning.
Growing up in the Little Havana neighbourhood of Miami, Gloria is introduced to Emilio Estefan who is a member of the Miami Latin Boys. Gloria is studying to be a psychologist and spending a lot of her time caring for her father through his battle with Multiple Sclerosis. So, when Emilio invites her to perform one of the songs she has written at a rehearsal, she is initially resistant. With pressure from her grandmother, she performs and, despite being shy, finds her place on the stage.
Gloria and Emilio fall for each other, but Gloria's mother is upset by this. Gloria discovers that when her mother was younger, she wanted to be a singer too. Her mother was offered a contract with Twentieth Century Fox to be the Spanish voice of Shirley Temple, but her father forbade it.
Gloria and Emilio hit the top of the music charts and launch a worldwide tour. Gloria struggles with the draining schedule, and the fact that her mother has become estranged due to her disapproval and jealousy.
On the road, Gloria and Emilio’s bus collides with a truck during a snowstorm. Gloria breaks her back in the accident, and is flown to New York for emergency surgery, Gloria's mother rushes to the hospital after hearing the news. Can Gloria ever recover from this tragic misfortune?
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