DENVER (CBS4) – “On Your Feet!” is the story of the musical journey of Gloria & Emilio Estefan. The Broadway Musical will play at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts from August 8 – August 19, 2018.
“On Your Feet” goes behind the music of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, inside the story of their rise to the top of the pop music world and the tragedy that almost took it all away. The show had a long journey to its Broadway debut.
“Over 10 years ago, someone came to us, wanted to do something in Vegas. They wanted our story, but things kept getting in the way…we pulled the plug,” Gloria Estefan told CBS4’s Critic-At-Large Greg Moody in an exclusive interview.
“On Your Feet!” (credit DCPA)
The couple worried that their story was a long shot for Broadway, but took a chance anyway.
“I don’t know if we’re going to be Broadway material, but go ahead. They jumped on the idea. We were there under three years. We were on the stage on Broadway, and it unfolded naturally…beatifully,” Gloria Estefan explained.
“On Your Feet!” (credit CBS)
“We got approval that was the only way it was going to happen. You spend your life working and doing things. And when you deal with the writers, the producers, directors, and we’re in the business, we’ve directed and we’ve produced a lot things, I wanted to be sure that it was real. I think that’s why people like it because it’s very real,” Emilio Estefan said.
“On Your Feet!” (credit CBS)
The most important message that the Estefans wanted the musical to express was hope.
“I think we live in a country that every dream can come true, and I think people, when they leave the show, they feel inspired,” Emilio Estefan added.
Christie Prades plays Gloria Estefan in “On Your Feet” (credit CBS)
For the lead actors of “On Your Feet” there is a lot of technical dance, and vocal required of these roles, but there is also the burden of portraying living people.
“The fact that I know Gloria on a personal level, and the fact that she’s given me the freedom to be totally myself, and to interpret her just by being me on stage, and giving me the go, and giving me the two-thumbs up, I honestly feel so relaxed on stage,” said Christie Prades, who plays “Gloria” in “On Your Feet.”
“On Your Feet” (credit DCPA)
Prades admits she’s a huge fan of Gloria Estefan, and that even her mother looked up to the 80’s crossover icon. She said that she also feels the honor of representing her people from Miami and her people from Cuba.
“I believe in our work. I believe in the beautiful story. I believe in the writing. I believe in the music. I mean, it speaks for itself. So because I have the greatest of tools and the greatest of bands out there with us we have the source, we have all the potential to be great,” Prades told CBS4.
At the heart of “On Your Feet” is the music of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Clay Ostwald has been the music director for the Miami Sound Machine for the last 32 years. And through his amazing relationship with the Estefans, he worked on the music for “On Your Feet”.
“They wanted the audience to have the fun and the emotion of an artist’s music and their catalog, but they clearly wanted to tell a story, and I think that’s what’s different about this musical,” Ostwald told CBS4.