"ON YOUR FEET!" THE DANCE MUSICAL PLAYS THE SACRAMENTO COMMUNITY CENTER THEATER OCT. 30 THROUGH NOV. 4.
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Broadway On Tour presents the Sacramento engagement of the hit Broadway musical “On Your Feet!”
The rousing musical plays the Sacramento Community Center Theater Oct. 30 through Nov. 4.
"On Your Feet!" is based on the life story of seven-time Grammy winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time Grammy winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan.
It stars Cuban-American Broadway actress Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan, and acclaimed Puerto Rican performer/Broadway star Ektor Rivera as Emilio Estefan.
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.
From the heart of Havana to the streets of Miami came a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the music industry had ever seen.
“On Your Feet!” is the new Broadway musical that follows the Estefans' journey to superstardom, set to their chart-topping, smash hits, including “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “1-2-3,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Mi Tierra,” Don’t Want To Lose You Now,” and “Reach,” in addition to an original song written by Gloria and her daughter Emily Estefan.
The cast of “On Your Feet!” also features Broadway veteran Nancy Ticotin (“West Side Story,” “In the Heights”) as Gloria’s mother, Gloria Fajardo; Alma Cuervo (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Wicked)” who created the role, as Gloria’s grandmother, Consuelo; Eddie Noel (Gíbaro Folkloric Dance Company, Puerto Rico) as Gloria’s father, José Fajardo; Ana-Sofia Rodriguez and Carmen Sanchez as Little Gloria; and JeanPaul Medina Solano and Jordan Vergara as Nayib/Young Emilio.
Rounding out the ensemble are Anthony Alfaro, Jonathan Arana, Skizzo Arnedillo, Sam J. Cahn, Shadia Fairuz, Adriel Flete, Jennifer Florentino, Devon Goffman, Hector Maisonet, Ilda Mason, Alejandra Matos, Claudia Mulet, Marina Pires, Jeremey Adam Rey, Gabriel Reyes, Maria Rodriguez, Jose Rosario, Jr., Shani Talmor and Claudia Yanez.
Multiple Grammy Award-winning musicians from Miami Sound Machine are also on the road with the National Tour of “On Your Feet!" including Music Director Clay Ostwald (keyboards), who is Assistant Music Director of Miami Sound Machine.
There’s also Teddy Mulet (trombone), Mike Scaglione (reeds), Jorge Casas (bass), who is Music Director of Miami Sound Machine, and Edwin Bonilla (percussion).
The other members of the orchestra include: Emmanuel Schvartzman (Associate Music Director/keyboards), Jose Ruiz (trumpet), Stephen Flakus (guitar), Jean-Christophe Leroy (percussion) and Colin Taylor (drums).
Born and raised in Miami to Cuban immigrant parents, Christie Prades understudied the role of Gloria in the Broadway production of "On Your Feet!" Her past regional credits include “In the Heights” (Vanessa - Broadway World Award winner), “West Side Story” and “The D*Word.”
Ektor Rivera made his Broadway debut as Emilio Estefan in the Broadway production of “On Your Feet!
A musical theatre star in Puerto Rico, he has appeared in productions of “Rent,” “Hairspray,” “Godspell,” “Piaf,” “High School Musical,” “The Outsiders” and “The Mousetrap.” He appeared in “Q’Viva!” “The Chosen,” in which he was cast from the reality television show of the same name, produced by Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Simon Fuller.
“On Your Feet!” is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (“Kinky Boots,” “Hairspray”) and choreographed by Tony Award nominee & Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (“Jersey Boys,” “Memphis”), with an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (“Birdman,” “The Bodyguard Musical”).
Completing the creative team are four-time Tony-nominated Scenic Designer David Rockwell (“Kinky Boots” and “Legally Blonde”), Tony-nominated Costume Designer Emilio Sosa (“Porgy & Bess”), Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer Kenneth Posner (“Wicked,” “Hairspray”), Tony Award-winning Sound Designer Steve Kennedy, SCK Sound Design (“Lady Day,” “Guys and Dolls”).
Projections by Darrel Maloney, and Hair & Wig Designer Charles G. LaPointe (“Beautiful” and “Newsies”). With Music Direction by Clay Ostwald (Miami Sound Machine).
“On Your Feet!” features Orchestrations by Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, Arrangements by Lon Hoyt (“Hairspray”), Dance Arrangements and Dance Orchestrations by Oscar Hernandez (“The Capeman”).
“On Your Feet!” is produced by James L. Nederlander and Estefan Enterprises, Inc. in partnership with Bernie Yuman.
Now celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Nederlander Organization, led by James L. Nederlander, President, continues the tradition of operating historic theatres, as well as producing and presenting the best in theatrical entertainment and concert events.
Bernie Yuman, an illustrious figure in the entertainment industry and long-time friend and business associate of the Estefans, serves as Executive Producer. Yuman produced and managed Siegfried & Roy, one of the most successful and longest running shows in Las Vegas history.
“On Your Feet!” played its final performance at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway on August 20, 2017, having played 780 performances.
GLORIA ESTEFAN: (Music, Lyrics, Orchestrations) With seven Grammy Awards and more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, Gloria Estefan is the most successful Latin crossover performer in the history of pop music.
In addition to her 38 #1 hits across the Billboard charts, Gloria recorded the Oscar-nominated song “Music of My Heart” and has received numerous honors and awards over the course of her illustrious career.
She has been presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, named BMI Songwriter of the Year, received an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement and won an MTV Video Music Award, two ACE Awards and multiple Billboard Awards for her many chart-topping hits. Gloria has also been honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, The Kennedy Center Honors, the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor and the Hispanic Heritage Award.
EMILIO ESTEFAN (Music, Lyrics, Orchestrations) is a world-renowned music, television and film producer who has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his superstar wife, Gloria, as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada among many others.
With a resume that includes 19 Grammy Awards, Emilio is one of the most successful producers in the music business, blending Latin, pop and world rhythms creating his own unique style and world-wide hits. It is this vision that transcends the music field and spills over into film, television, hotels and restaurants, among other business endeavors, including becoming the first Cuban-born minority stakeholder in an NFL franchise, the Miami Dolphins. Emilio & Gloria were the 2015 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the first time the honor has been bestowed on a married couple.
ALEXANDER DINELARIS (Book) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for the screenplay of Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). He is the co-creator and executive producer of the series “The One Percent” for MRC, starring Hilary Swank. He is currently adapting the novel “Entering Hades” into a feature film with Michael Fassbender. Alex is also currently adapting his play “Still Life” into a feature film, which he will direct next spring. Dinelaris film “The Year of the Monarchs” is in development with Mandalay Entertainment. Alexander is the book writer of “The Bodyguard Musical” and of Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s Broadway musical “On Your Feet!” Other recent work includes his plays “Red Dog Howls” (New York Theater Workshop), “Still Life” (Manhattan Class Company), “The Chaos Theories” (Shotgun Theater) and “In This, Our Time” (59e59). Mr. Dinelaris is a proud member of the Writer’s Guild and the Dramatists Guild.
JERRY MITCHELL (Director) received the Tony Award in recognition of his choreography for the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, “Kinky Boots,” for which he was also nominated as director. He was recently nominated for an Olivier Award for his choreography in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” which he also directed and co-produced in the West End. In the 35 preceding years, Jerry has been involved with more than 50 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and touring productions, starting as a dancer for Agnes de Mille in Brigadoon and thereafter assisting Michael Bennett and Jerome Robbins. His Broadway debut as choreographer, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” was followed by “The Full Monty” (Tony nomination); “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Hairspray” (Tony nomination); “Gypsy;” “Never Gonna Dance” (Tony nomination); “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (Tony nomination); “La Cage aux Folles” (Tony Award); “Imaginary Friends;” “Legally Blonde” (Tony nomination), which he also directed; “Catch Me If You Can,” and “Kinky Boots” (also running in London, Korea, Germany, Australia and on National Tour). He also choreographed both the Off-Broadway productions and films of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Jeffrey.” Most recently Mitchell received the Drama League’s Founders Award for Excellence in Directing and the George Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers, the latter being especially meaningful to him in that he was directed by the 96-year-old Mr. Abbott in the Broadway revival of “On Your Toes.” His most recent Broadway experience is as Director of “On Your Feet!” Twenty-five years ago, Jerry conceived and created “Broadway Bares,” a comedy burlesque show performed annually for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He continues to serve as executive producer of “Broadway Bares,” with a book, website and satellite productions in Fire Island Pines, Las Vegas (“Peepshow,” which recently concluded its five-year run of continuous performances) and London (“West End Bares”). “Pretty Woman,” the musical based on the iconic film, which Jerry has directed and choreographed, opened this summer on Broadway.
SERGIO TRUJILLO (Choreographer) Broadway: “On Your Feet!” (Tony Award Nominee, Outer Critics Circle/Astaire Awards), “Memphis” (Olivier/OCC Award, Drama Desk/Astaire Award nominations), “Jersey Boys” (Drama Desk, OCC/Greenroom/Dora Award nomination), “A Bronx Tale” (Chita Award Nomination), “The Addams Family,” “Next to Normal,” “Hands on a Hardbody” (Drama Desk nomination), “Leap of Faith” (Drama Desk nomination), “Guys and Dolls” (Astaire Awards nomination), “All Shook Up.” Director/Choreographer: “Arrabal” (ART), “Gloria Estefan On Broadway” (Minskoff Theatre), “Flashdance: The Musical” (National Tour), “White Noise” (Royal George Theatre). Other Theatre: “Invisible Thread” (Second Stage-Astaire Award Nomination), Carmen: “An Afro-Cuban Musical” (Olney Theatre-Helen Hayes Award Nomination), “Freaky Friday” (Signature Theatre), “The Wiz” (La Jolla Playhouse). International: “Tarzan” (Disney), “Peggy Sue Got Married” (West End), “The Sound of Music” and “West Side Story” (Stratford Festival). Current:” Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” (Broadway).
Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from Sacramento Community Center Theater. For more information about “On Your Feet!” log on to www.OnYourFeetMusical.com.