November 27, 2014
Who wants to play Gloria Estefan on Broadway next year?
NEW YORK — A musical based on the life of seven-time Grammy winning singer Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, a music, television and film producer, will debut on Broadway next year, producers of the show said yesterday.
On Your Feet! is set to open on November 5, 2015, and will chronicle the couple’s story and her journey, from leaving Cuba to finding international success.
The couple is working with the Nederlander Organization and producer Bernie Yuman and have begun an international search for new talent to play the lead roles. They will also hold casting calls next month in Miami and New York.
The musical is due to begin previews in New York at the Marquis Theatre on October 2015 after a summer stop in Chicago. Jerry Mitchell, who directed Kinky Boots, will helm the show, with Sergio Trujillo choreographing.
“Finding the right performers to tell our story on the Broadway stage is the most important step in this project,” Estefan, 56, said in a statement. “Our journey together started in Miami, a city that has been an inspiration to us both, and it only felt right that the city be a cornerstone in our search for the next generation of bright talent.”
The show will be the latest in a list of jukebox musicals on Broadway, including Tony-winners Beautiful - The Carole King Musical and Jersey Boys, about the 1960s group The Four Seasons.
Estefan and her family left Cuba when she was a child. She met Emilio in Miami and became the lead singer in his band, which was renamed Miami Sound Machine. They have been married since 1978.
Herald with AP, Reuters