Broadway’s funnest jukebox musical and the only Broadway show I’ve seen more than once other than The Lion King. On Your Feet!is currently playing an open run at the Marquis Theatre. I saw it on July 13 and February 17.
On Your Feet! follows the life story of Gloria (Ana Villafañe) and Emilio (Ektor Rivera) Estefan going from their teenage years in Miami to international stardom. Production notes state “ON YOUR FEET! is the inspiring true story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan—two people who believed in the power of their music, their love, and the American Dream. ”
Ana Villafañe’s Gloria is smart, spunky and all around amazing. OK, I’m slightly in love with Ana but I’m trying to be unbiased. Her performance in the second act is so powerful. As Gloria’s (Villafañe) mother Gloria Fajardo (Andrea Burns) Burns completley stops the show with her number “Mi Tierra.” In addition, Eduardo Hernandez is a bundle of joy as Jeremy the dancing Bar Mitzvah boy during “Conga”.
There were many elements of the Scenic Design (by David Rockwell) that were stunning, for one the Large billboard-column thing that changed Gloria Estefan tour posters and the movement of the bus in Act 2’s defining moment. The costumes (by ESosa aka Emilio Sosa) are absolutely stunning. The lighting (by Kenneth Posner) does a good job to create the feel of a concert but is slightly overdone to the point where you’re focusing on the lighting instead of the acting.
Overall, On Your Feet! is ridiculously entertaining, jam packed with Estefan hits, And a true crowd pleaser.
On Your Feet! is playing an open run at the Marquis Theater. The Cast currently includes Ana Villafañe as Gloria, Ektor Rivera as Emilio, Andrea Burns as Gloria Fajardo, Alma Cuervo as Consuelo, Alexandria Suarez (Fabi Aguirre at certain perfrmances) as Little Gloria, Eduardo Hernadez (Kevin Tellez at certain performances) as Nayib, Jeremy, and Young Emilio. The Ensemble consists of David Baida, Henry Gainza, Linedy Genao, Carlos E. Gonzalez, Nina LaFarga, Omar Lopez-Ceparo, Marielys Molina, Doreen Montalvo, Genny Lis Padilla, Eliseo Roman, Luis Salgado, Marcos Santana, Brett Sturgis, Eric Ulloa, Lee Zarett, Yassmin Alers, Angelica Beliard, Shani Talmor, Karla Choko. On Your Feet! features a book by Alexander Dinelaris, Music and Lyrics by Emilio and Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, direction by Jerry Mitchell, choreography by Sergio Trujillo, Scenic Design by David Rockwell, Costume Design by ESosa, Lighting by Kenneth Posner, Sound Design by SCK Sound Design, Hair and Wig Design by Charles LaPointe. Full Price Tickets here, lottery here, tickets start at $55 plus fees. I would reccomend this show for ages 8+.