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On Your Feet! isn’t perfect and isn’t up there with band bios like Jersey Boys or Sunny Afternoon but ultimately resistance is futile because the rhythm is gonna get you.
Overall On Your Feet! is an entertaining delight of a show. The book is hugely lacking but for fans of Gloria Estefan it’s a perfect portrayal of her life and music. Transport yourself to the Miami sun and take a journey through the lives of Gloria and Emilio.
If you love Gloria Estefan you will adore On Your Feet and if you’re not familiar with her or not necessarily a fan, go and see this and you son will be.
Broadway star Christie Prades will reprise her role as ‘Gloria Estefan’ for the UK premiere, alongside George Ioannides as ‘Emilio Estefan’, and at certain performances, the role of ‘Gloria Estefan’ will be played by Philippa Stefani. Madalena Alberto will play ‘Gloria Fajardo’, Karen Mann ‘Consuelo’.
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Mark Shenton offers a wrap-up of news from the West End, Broadway and Edinburgh, including the West End transfer of Waitress, Edward Hall saying farewell to Hampstead Theatre and Laura Benanti joining My Fair Lady on Broadway.
The UK premiere of On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan will play a limited season at the London Coliseum from 14 June to 31 August 2019, following seven performances at Curve, Leicester from 3- 8 June.