“On Your Feet!” The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway musical review

On your feet show photograph by Paige Cobos / The Guardian
On your feet show photograph by Paige Cobos / The Guardian

Dayton has an incredibly lively theater scene that hosts some of the biggest acts of the moment. This March at the Schuster Center, the big hit is “On Your Feet!”, courtesy of The Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway series.

This energetic show spotlights the incredible lives and careers of music producer Emilio Estefan and his singing-sensation and wife Gloria.

After their first meeting in a church in 1970s Miami, the two collaborate on the successful and groundbreaking Latin band, Miami Sound Machine, with Gloria as the lead singer. However, Gloria proves to be a force to be reckoned with as a solo artist, selling 115 million records worldwide and ultimately changing the face of pop music forever.

On March 5, this amazing Broadway musical made its Dayton debut to a near sold-out house at the Schuster Center.

The story is a roller coaster of emotions that shows the joys and heartbreaks of life on the stage. From Gloria’s struggle with her relationship with her mother to the near-fatal bus accident that almost took away Gloria’s ability to walk, the story is inspiring and empowering. It demonstrates the enduring power of the human spirit without losing the flame of what makes a person true.

 

On your feet show photograph by Paige Cobos / The Guardian
On your feet show photograph by Paige Cobos / The Guardian

The two hours in the theatre fly by with the show’s fast pace, energy and colorful production.

The musical includes hits such as “Live for Loving You”, “1-2-3” and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You.” Combined with its first-rate cast, this show managed to get the whole theatre up on its feet dancing in the final act.

“On Your Feet!” was an incredible experience as a member of the opening night audience.