Estefan musical to leave Broadway

This file photo shows singer Gloria Estefan (center) performing during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York. — AFP

The musical “On Your Feet!” on the lives of Cuban-American crossover sensations Gloria and Emilio Estefan will close on Broadway after a respectable run of nearly two years, the production said Tuesday. The musical, which traces the lives of the husband-wife music team set to hits such as “Conga” and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” will close August 20, the Marquis Theatre said. But “On Your Feet!” will quickly have a new life in October, with both a previously announced US tour starting in Miami, the Estefans’ home, and an international production to open in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

Gloria and Emilio Estefan, who were both born in Cuba, became international stars with Miami Sound Machine as the couple discovered a new audience by infusing pop songs with Latin rhythms. The musical charts the professional rise of the couple as well as off-stage drama, including Gloria’s mother’s initial reluctance to accept Emilio, and a 1990 bus crash that seriously injured Gloria and raised fears she would never perform again. “On Your Feet!”, with actors playing the Estefans, premiered in Chicago in June 2015 before opening on Broadway in November that year following a month of previews.

The nearly two-year run marks a successful but not historic run on Broadway, where a number of major musicals show no sign of ever closing. After a strong opening, “On Your Feet!” was at two-thirds capacity during 2016 and slightly less so this year, according to the Broadway League trade group.-AFP

This article was published on 31/05/2017