Music, Lyrics & Orchestrations by Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan
Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Directed by Jerry Mitchell
Choreographer: Sergio Trujillo
Cast: Ana Villafañe, Ektor Rivera, Andréa Burns, Alma Cuervo, Alexandria Suarez, Eduardo Hernandez, Fabi Aguirre, Kevin Tellez, Karmine Alers, Yassmin Alers, David Baida, Angelica Beliard, Natalie Caruncho, Henry Gainza, Linedy Genao, Carlos E. Gonzalez, Nina Lafarga, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Hector Maisonet, Marielys Molina, Doreen Montalvo, Genny Lis Padilla, Eliseo Roman, Luis Salgado, Jennifer Sanchez, Marcos Santana, Martín Solá, Brett Sturgis, Eric Ulloa, Tanairi Sade Vasquez, Lee Zarrett
Sets: David Rockwell
Lights: Kenneth Posner
Sound: SCK Sound Design
First Performance October 5, 2015
Opening November 5, 2015
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Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records and sold out stadiums around the world. Emilio and Gloria Estefan together have won 26 Grammy Awards. But their music is only half the story.
On Your Feet! is the new Broadway musical about two people who believed in their talent, their music and each other and became an international sensation.
On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter century, including “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Don’t Want To Lose You Now,” “1-2-3” and “Coming Out of the Dark,” and the Broadway musical boasts a creative team to match its incomparable song list.
Two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) directs the cast of twenty, with choreography by four-time Drama Desk nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman).
Charles Isherwood – New York Times
The recipe may be familiar, but the flavor is fresh in “On Your Feet!,” the half-formulaic, half-original and undeniably crowd-pleasing musical about the lives of Emilio and Gloria Estefan that opened on Thursday at the Marquis Theater.
Marilyn Stasio – Variety
If the producers of “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan” know what’s good for them (odds are, they do), they’re ad-bombing Spanish-language media outlets and pitching group sales 24/7. That’s the way to go with a surefire audience pleaser like this jukebox musical built around the life and career of Cuban-American superstar Gloria Estefan. Newcomer Ana Villafane (who originated the role in the show’s Chicago premiere) is a knockout in the leading role, the dazzling centerpiece of this flashy, splashy spectacle helmed by Jerry Mitchell.
Chris Jones – Chicago Tribune
In the course of the show’s move from Chicago, where “On Your Feet” was first seen this past summer, director Jerry Mitchell has greatly improved the storytelling — Gloria’s recovery now feels much more real and the opening is far more dramatic — and excised a few lingering cliches of the genre. In its final form, “On Your Feet!” is at once a classy and populist entry into the Broadway season, offering enough of a musical entertainment to please those who danced to Estefan in the 1990s, and also has enough Latin flavor to appeal to an emerging audience usually ignored by Broadway. It also has enough layered theatricality to assuage those who thought this would mostly be a concert — within David Rockwell’s design, lit by Kenneth Posner, you feel the quietness of the Little Havana breeze as much as you’re enveloped by the conga. One could imagine more of a megamix-party musical, but not the one these artists wanted to make.
Alexis Soloski – The Guardian
Instead, in the antiseptic confines of the Marquis Theatre, we get Dinelaris’s formulaic book, David Rockwell’s uncharacteristically flimsy sets and Darrel Maloney’s surprisingly ugly projections. The costumes, by ESosa, are somewhat chintzy looking, but zingy for all that and there’s flair to Sergio Trujillo’s hip-shaking, panty-flashing choreography.
Robert Hofler – The Wrap
Mitchell and Dinelaris try hard to turn the Estefans’ behind-the-scenes business savvy into a live event. Actually, they stage a series of performances that Gloria gives to promote the single “Conga,” taking her to a bar mitzvah, a Shriners convention, and a big Italian wedding. Why not include a big gay disco while she’s at it? As Gloria, Ana Villafane perfectly replicates the star’s vocals, right down to the melisma and catch in her throat. But this “Conga” number is silly when it needs to be thrilling, and choreographer Sergio Trujillo makes it worse by sending his dancers up the aisles of the Marquis Theater. Want to be part of a conga line on Broadway? If not, “On Your Feet” is the one show where aisle seats should be avoided.
Jeremy Gerard – Deadline
And for good reason. On Your Feet! is every bit as propulsive as the music and the personalities it celebrates. It has the flaws of an authorized biography; it’s worshipful of the central couple who have to fight discrimination, narrow-mindedness and the tyranny of the road but rarely one another. So unlike Jersey Boys, whose plot includes the devastating impact of gambling debt on one member of the Four Seasons, or Beautiful, which navigates the rocky marriage and divorce of Carole King and partner Gerry Goffin, On Your Feet! presents Gloria and Emilio as a passionate united front unblemished by any conflict between them.
Jesse Green – Vulture
To say that On Your Feet! is better than most of its ilk is therefore faint praise; it means you might have almost as good a time as you would if it were merely a concert.
David Rooney – The Hollywood Reporter
OK, so there’s nothing quite like a conga line to conjure visions of tacky wedding receptions and drunken office holiday parties. But just try keeping the grin off your face when two massive human chains — of cast and audience members — flood the aisles of the Marquis Theatre right before intermission in On Your Feet! Charting the rise to international superstardom of Gloria Estefan, and her triumphant re-emergence after near-tragedy struck, this biographical musical is an infectious account of the lives and careers of the Latin music crossover sensation and her producer-musician husband Emilio Estefan. Already proving a solid crowd pleaser in previews. the show features a star-making lead performance from radiant newcomer Ana Villafane.
Linda Winer – Newsday
The problem, which may not be a problem for many who have already pushed the advance sales into big numbers, is the by-the-numbers story. Although the show’s website promises “Her voice. His vision. Their story,” the book by Alexander Dinelaris has virtually no crises or conflicts that last long enough to drive the tension beyond the next song.
Joe Dziemianowicz – NY Daily News
A paint-by-numbers portrait can still be colorful — and a kick. Case in point: “On Your Feet!,” a predictable but entertaining show about Gloria Estefan and her music-producer husband Emilio.