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A stage musical based on singer Gloria Estefan’s life and featuring her pop hits will open on Broadway in 2015.
Titled On Your Feet!, the musical will chronicle the life of seven-time Grammy winning singer Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, a music, television and film producer, detailing the couple’s story and her journey, from leaving Cuba to finding international success. The musical will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and is set to open on Nov 5, 2015 on Broadway.
The couple is working with the Nederlander Organisation and producer Bernie Yuman and began an international search for new talent to play the lead roles. They will also hold casting calls in September in Miami and New York, producers of the show said on Aug 18.
“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, one of the most successful Latin crossover stars, has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Her hits include Conga, The Rhythm is Going to Get You and 1,2,3. The singer 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. – Reuters
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