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article imageOn Your Feet! is an exceptional Broadway musical, honors Estefans Special

By Markos Papadatos     Feb 18, 2016 in Entertainment
New York - Digital Journal was afforded the privilege to review "On Your Feet!" at the Marquis Theatre in the heart of New York City.
On Your Feet! was directed by Jerry Mitchell and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. It features an all-star cast of actors such as Ana VillafaƱe as Gloria Estefan and Josh Segarra as her husband Emilio Estefan, and they truly bring both individuals to life. They deserve 2016 Tony nominations for their dynamic performances, since one cannot take their eyes off of them.
The musical begins with Gloria Estefan (VillafaƱe) suffering from her spinal injury after that tour bus accident in the early '90s, yet she was able to make a triumphant return. The production goes back to her childhood where she met Emilio in her late teens, who would become her manager and producer. While she was initially shy of the spotlight, they manage to achieve commercial success thanks to the "Conga," which became a smash hit in 1985. This song really resonated well with the audience, since they were in the aisles, dancing along and singing at the top of their lungs.
The second act features the signature song "Get On Your Feet," and we are introduced to Gloria's mother, and with the support of letters from fans and the couple's perspicacity, the Latin songstress is able to make comeback for the American Music Awards in 1991.
The Verdict
Overall, On Your Feet! is a sensational and sassy musical production. The script was raw and authentic, and Jerry Mitchell did a solid job on its direction. The cast does an exceptional job with their acting and dancing, and it is the quintessential homage for the Estefans. This musical is recommended for fans of all ages. On Your Feet! garners 4 out of 5 stars.
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