Full of fantastic music and dance, ON YOUR FEET! is now at the Hollywood Pantages
ON YOUR FEET!, the Broadway musical based on the life story of Cuban American superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time GRAMMY winning Emilio Estefan, is now performing at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre through July 29. The show is directed by Jerry Mitchell, with Cuban-American Broadway actress Christie Prades performing as Gloria, and stage and television Mexican actor Mauricio Martinez as Emilio.
This is a thoroughly entertaining, full of music and dance show that you will certainly enjoy. Twenty-six songs, including hits like “Conga,” “Party Time,” and “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” are part of the musical. They are played by a full band (with several members of the Miami Sound Machine) that is the first thing you see as the curtain opens. Honoring the people who make our fabulous music happen, the band is not in the pit but on the stage, and it’s shown off and on throughout the performance. (By the way, two of our remarkable local Salsa musicians – Serafin C. Aguilar (trumpet) and Denis Jiron (trombone) – are listed on the playbill as subs for the band, so depending on what day you’ll attend you may even get to see them.) There is an ensemble of 23 dancers that keeps the stage alive with fantastic dance moves, and there are also three guitarists that bring a couple of delicious boleros into the mix.
Prades is a gorgeous woman with the perfect voice to sing Gloria’s songs. Martinez also has a chance to shine with a couple of numbers of his own, but really his charm is in the humor and wit that he adds to his character. Broadway star Nancy Ticotin plays Gloria’s mother and delivers a couple of wonderful songs, and there are two children (one plays little Gloria and the other young Emilio) with impressive voices and/or dance moves that will steal your heart.
ON YOUR FEET! will perform Tuesday through Friday at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 1 pm and 6:30 pm. The play is recommended for ages 8 and up. Children under 5 are not admitted to the theater. Individual tickets start at $39, available at HollywoodPantages.com or by calling (800) 982-2787. The theater is located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028.
This production will also play a two week engagement in Costa Mesa at Segerstrom Center for the Arts from Aug. 21 to Sep. 2, 2018.
A gentle reminder: Because on Tuesday I sat next to a “singer,” I feel moved to write that, while most of us Salseros know these songs’ lyrics by heart, this is not the place to sing along. It is a performance, not a concert. People are not paying upwards of $50 to hear you/me sing, but to hear the company do its thing. I had to move on Tuesday. Please don’t be someone else’s nightmare.
OK. Enjoy the teaser below!