Running since October 2015 A new musical that tells the true life story of musical icons Gloria and Emilio Estefan and their journey from Cuban immigrants to global superstars.
The Broadway production of On Your Feet!closed August 20, 2017. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
From the producers: Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records and sold out stadiums around the world. Emilio and Gloria Estefan together have won 26 Grammy Awards, but their music is only half the story. "On Your Feet!" is the new Broadway musical about two people who believed in their talent, their music and each other and became an international sensation.
With seven Grammy Awards and over 100 million albums sold worldwide, Gloria Estefan is known as the "Queen of Latin Pop." Her chart-topping hit songs include "Conga," "The Rhythm is Going To Get You" and "1, 2, 3," among others. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has received multiple Billboard Awards for her many chart-topping hits.
Emilio Estefan is a music, television and film producer who has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his wife, Gloria, as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada, among many others. At the Latin Grammy Awards of 2000, he received the award for Producer of the Year.
The musical will be bilingual and span Estefan's early years in Miami as well as her recovery from a broken back in 1990.
Despite its unenthralling dramatics, the show does have an underlying warmth. Its chief assets, though, are those musical routines..."On Your Feet!" is not going to revolutionize Broadway, but, alongside a bland story, it does offer some musical fireworks.
The infectious, earnest musical "On Your Feet!" initially stutters out the gate and ends somewhat awkwardly, but has a fun, percussive middle, even as it skates perilously close to melodrama. It's saved by its genuine heart - and a list of great tunes.
It's a syrupy, feel-good bio-musical, but a near-perfectly executed one, with great songs and amazing dancing...slick, smooth, and infectious. [The] direction is crisp and polished, and [the] exuberant, Latin-flavored choreography is ferociously fun to watch.
New York Daily News
Predictable but entertaining...resistance is futile when it comes to these Latin-flavored hits. Plus Ana Villafane is a fresh face and voice who's appealing and confident. Things get more scattershot in advance of an abrupt ending...cheesy and crowd-rousing.
New York Magazine
[The] music and staging re-creates the excitement of the songs when they were new, and translates that excitement into visual terms. At a certain point the mania begins to cloy, giving the numbers an overbrilliant, synthetic quality...a little bit special but mostly the overmiked same.
New York Times
The musical neatly showcases the boppy dance-floor hits and swoony ballads. But with an often mechanical book, moving through its rags-to-riches paces as if to a rigid percussive beat, [it] ultimately falls somewhere in the middle of the hefty pack of [Broadway's] jukebox musicals.
What [it] has are lots of much-loved Grammy-winning songs by arguably America's most successful Latin crossover team. The problem is the by-the-numbers story. The book has virtually no crises or conflicts that last long enough to drive the tension beyond the next song.
[The] exhilarating choreography [is] the production's best feature, by far. Sadly, the broad, obvious strokes used by librettist Dinelaris prove not so appealing. "On Your Feet" is recommended only to the most diehard of fans.
A surefire audience pleaser...Villafane is a knockout in the leading role, the dazzling centerpiece of this flashy, splashy spectacle. It's exhausting, and at times it makes you long for the bittersweet salsas of the Old World - but you can't say it isn't fun.
Wall Street Journal
[The] book is heavy on the Hollywoodian cliches, but it has its charming moments, too, and every other aspect of the production is slick and satisfying, starting with the smoking-hot choreography and the tear-it-up onstage band.