Gloria and Emilio Estefan Musical to Conclude on August 20th
On October 5, 2015, On Your Feet!: the Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan began performances at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. Upon the show’s opening night on November 5, 2015, the musical received generally positive reviews, and box office grosses soared above the million dollar mark for weeks on end. To date, the highest weekly gross of the run took place in the week ending January 3, 2016, over the New Years holiday, when the show brought in a box office gross of $1,495,724, or 96.35% of its gross potential. Over the course of the run so far, the average percentage reached of gross potential has been 54.76%. Therefore, the show has by no means been a sell-out success, but it has managed to sustain itself for an admirably long time, and upon closing it will have played 780 performances, including previews. The musical, which recounts the life, relationships, and career of power couple singer-musicians Emilio and Gloria Estefan, has a book by Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), featuring music produced and recorded by Emilio and Gloria Estefan, along with Miami Sound Machine. The show is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde), and the choreographer is Sergio Trujillo, who earned the show’s one Tony Award nomination for his choreography. The lead part of Gloria Estefan has been played throughout the whole run by Ana Villafañe, who made her Broadway debut in the part, after being discovered through an open talent search. The role of Emilio Estefan was originated by Josh Segarra, who completed his run on July 10, 2016. The Broadway production will conclude on August 20, 2017.
While this is the end of the original Broadway production of On Your Feet!, this is also the start of the proliferation of the show to reach audiences beyond New York. Currently, the U.S. national tour is scheduled for an 80-week run with over 60 stops between the fall of 2017 and 2019. In the touring production, the lead role of Gloria portrayed by Christie Prades, who was an understudy in the Broadway production. The tour will premiere in the Estefans’ home town of Miami, with an opening night on October 5, 2017 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Prior to Miami, a tour preview engagement will play in Buffalo, New York from September 22, 2017. Following Miami, the tour will make stops in Baltimore, Orlando, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Durham, Providence, Rochester, San Antonio, Tampa, Washington, D.C., Schenechtady, San Diego, and many more cities around the nation. Beyond the United States, On Your Feet! is also scheduled to play abroad. The first international production will take place from October 17, 2017 to February 28, 2018 at the Beatrix Theatre in Utrecht, the Netherlands, produced by the Dutch company Stage Entertainment. In this production, the songs will be in their original language (Spanish or English), and the dialogue will be translated into Dutch. The role of Gloria will be played by Vajen van den Bosch, and Jim Bakkum will play the role of Emilio. Following the Netherlands, other international productions will take place in countries such as Spain, Mexico, and Japan, with exact details to be announced. While the Broadway production never managed to recoup its investment, On Your Feet! is clearly a property with more life in it yet, as theatregoers around the United States and the world will have a chance to experience this show for years to come.
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