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By Jessica Reyes

On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical was everything I imagined . . . and more.

I’ll start by saying that although I haven’t had the opportunity to watch many musicals, I do respect and admire Emilio and Gloria Estefan and their ‘American Dream’ story.  When I was invited to check out the musical live with my friend, I couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity.

From the moment the show starts and curtains go up, it’s like you’re in Havana and Miami.  There’s color, music, and all things Latino.  In other words, you are in for a fiesta! The storyline will hit home to the majority of Latinos here in the U.S. The Spanglish style script made me feel at home. It was almost as if I was watching my family on stage.

Amaris Sanchez, who plays ‘Little Gloria,’ sets the tone with her powerful performance at the beginning.  Adult Gloria is also a powerhouse. Her curly hair and small frame reminded me of the days I would see Estefan on MTV. Interpreted by Christie Prades, the character takes us through some of Gloria’s biggest moments in the industry with Emilio. Everything is covered from how they met via ‘Abuela’ (another character that had me tearing up and laughing) to battling record company execs, and the memorable tour bus crash that left the Cuban-American singer in a wheelchair.

Emilio Estefan played by papi-gorgeous-I-want-to-marry Mauricio Martinez is so gorgeous I found myself dosing off and imagining our life together. No, but really he also did an amazing job.

Previously working in Spanish radio, I’ve hears stories about the Estefans and based on this musical, most of it is true.

The storyline skips a part or two but overall it was gracefully done. They are a familia who had an American Dream and actually achieved it.

Alright guys, if you’re thinking of going this week, be ready to get On Your Feet! 

On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical!  plays the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. through Friday, October 20; at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, October 21; and at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 22. Click here to purchase tickets.

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