Gloria Estefan Musical 'On Your Feet!' to Hit Broadway in Fall 2015
The production, tracing the singer's life with husband Emilio Estefan, launches an international casting call
The new musical circling around Gloria Estefan and husband Emilio Estefan is set to hit Broadway in fall 2015, it was announced Monday.
Entitled On Your Feet!, the Nederlander Organization production based on the life and music of the seven-time Grammy-winning Latin pop sensation and the musician-producer-entrepreneur will open on Broadway on Nov. 5, 2015, with preview performances beginning Oct. 5, 2015, at the Marquis Theatre in New York City
Prior to Broadway, the show will play a five-week world-premiere tryout engagement at Chicago's Oriental Theatre from June 2 to July 5, 2015.
The musical — following the couple's journey from Cuba to Miami and superstardom, as they generate a string of smash albums and international hit songs, including "Conga," "1-2-3," "Music of My Heart" and "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" — will be directed by two-time Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis) with a book by Alexander Dinelaris (The Bodyguard Musical).
Produced by James L. Nederlander, Estefan Enterprises and Bernie Yuman, the show will feature new music penned by the Estefans in addition to Gloria's hits.
On Your Feet! is launching an international casting search effort, "Reach Gloria" (#ReachGloria), calling for auditionees for all roles to submit videos online. The production will also host open casting calls next month, at New York City's Pearl Studios on Sept. 9 and at Miami's Knight Concert Hall of Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 21.
“Finding the right performers to tell our story on the Broadway stage is the most important step in this project,” said Gloria Estefan in a statement. “Our own journey together started in Miami, a city that has been such an inspiration to us both, and it only felt right that the city be a cornerstone of our search for the next generation of bright talent.”
With an estimated 100 million albums sold worldwide, Gloria Estefan is among the most successful crossover artists in Latin music. In addition to working with his wife, Emilio Estefan has played a part in shaping the music careers of Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. His work has yielded more than 30 Grammy nominations and 19 wins.
Along with business interests spanning music, film, television, hotels and restaurants, the Cuban-born couple also owns a stake in NFL franchise the Miami Dolphins.
The Estefans' longtime business associate Yuman will serve as executive producer on the project, which reportedly has been in the planning stage for more than a decade.