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On Your Feet! to Close: Tours On the Horizon

On Your Feet! to Close: Tours On the Horizon

By MARK A. ROBINSON

MAY 30, 2017

On Your Feet!: The Story of Emilio & Glora Estefan has announced that it will close on Sunday, August 20th, 2017 with two tours to follow. The musical, which has been noted for its lively dance numbers and canon of energizing Latin-pop numbers, will have played 746 performances (34 previews) at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. The musical will live on in both a national and international tour.

Producers James L. Nederlander, Estefan Enterprises, Inc and Bernie Yuman have announced that the Broadway musical On Your Feet!based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY-winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time Grammy-winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan – will launch two tours this fall: an 80-week First National Tour and International Premiere. Launching on September 22 in Buffalo, NY, the National Tour will celebrate its grand opening on October 5 in the Estefans’ home city of Miami, FL, and travel to over 60 additional cities across the country through April 21, 2019 – including Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Washington DC and Denver.  The full 32-city schedule for the tour’s first year is now available; the route for the tour’s second year will be announced at a later date.  Plans for worldwide productions of On Your Feet! in Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Mexico and Japan are currently underway, to follow the musical’s international premiere this fall at the Beatrix Theatre in Utrecht, Netherlands, on October 29, 2017. 

The launch locations of both tours each hold a special significance for Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Upon leaving Cuba, the Estefans met and made their new home in Miami, Florida where they established the band Miami Sound Machine in 1977. The couple were touring in Utrecht, Netherland in 1985 when one of their biggest hits “Conga” was written, a song that exploded on the charts and skyrocketed them to international fame.

On Your Feet! opened on Broadway on November 5, 2015. The musical is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray) with an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman, The Bodyguard Musical). The musical features the Tony-nominated choreography of Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis). The original cast includes Ana Villafañe and Ektor Rivera as Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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