Broadway-style, initial musicals are having a hard time on the Strip nowadays, which is to say there aren’t any such shows in gambling establishment theaters at this particular moment. If we could nominate a program that would likely work well in this environment, one with electrical and beloved music and a timeless true story, it would be the show visiting the Smith Center this week.
On Your Feet! is the story behind the love and music of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. After a 2015 Chicago premiere and an acclaimed two-year perform at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre, the musical written by the multiple Grammy-winning couple and Alexander Dinelaris and directed by Jerry Mitchell– and co-produced by noteworthy Las Vegan Bernie Yuman– bet eight months in the Netherlands prior to starting its U.S. trip last fall.
The production that strikes Reynolds Hall for eight programs from September 4-9 runs for 150 minutes with an intermission, however if you cut that to 100 you might have a huge Vegas winner, and Emilio Estefan knows this possibility.
“Numerous individuals have actually discussed that,” he states. “Vegas resembles Broadway because you have brand-new individuals being available in every single week, and Gloria is so well-known around the world. I believe Vegas would be an extraordinary thing. Bernie has always stated one place the program would do great is Vegas, so I hope we speak with a few of those people and they make a deal.”
The Estefans bring significant power to such a job. A retired pop legend, Gloria regularly brought her tours to Las Vegas, many frequently to Caesars Palace, and Emilio is a distinguished producer of music, movie and television who assisted mold the professions of other Latin stars consisting of Shakira, Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez.
“We have a great deal of great memories in Las Vegas, and I’m thrilled to see [how On Your Feet!] does there after seeing it in New York and LA,” Emilio states. “We’re aiming to go [to Las Vegas] for it. It’s been fantastic and sometimes surprising to see the response in various locations, in Holland and the United States, and now we’re going to open in England [next summer]”
On Your Feet! isn’t really simply a musical saturated with hits like “Conga,” “Rhythm Is Gon na Get You,” “1-2-3” and “Coming Out of the Dark,” it’s the story of the Estefans’ lives and professions, from Gloria’s training in Miami’s Little Havana to Emilio’s motivation that drew the shy singer onstage. The post-superstardom second act follows the household’s development and states the 1990 tour bus crash that practically immobilized Gloria. That’s when the program’s one original song is performed: “If I Never Ever Got to Inform You,” co-written by their daughter Emily Estefan, also an artist.
“That’s a very unique minute,” Emilio says. “We see it as often times as we can, and it’s a fantastic sensation. It’s been a stunning career, and it’s been so good to influence through this program, not only to inspire minorities and Latinos however simply to show you can live in this extraordinary country and dreams can become a reality. We always wished to offer something back and we’re happy to do that.”
ON YOUR FEET! September 4-9, times vary, $49-$119. Reynolds Hall, 702-749-2000.