From their beginnings in Cuba to fame in the United States, the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan will be told in a musical staged in Raleigh. This is On Your Feet, the Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, presented for a week from August 9-14 at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. THIS MAY INTEREST YOU: From Einstein to Gloria Estefan, refugees who changed history
“I think it’s a celebration of their music, their life, how they created a vision that was born out of the dream of immigrants in the United States, how many people could arrive, with very little, and create a musical empire out of it , a vision of Latin music, crosses the American pop barrier and eventually integrates its music worldwide,” says actress Shadia Fairuz, who plays Gloria Fajardo, the singer’s mother, of the production. Beyond the celebrations, catchy beats and Latin roots the musical also promises to explore the Estefans’ family relationships, challenges and artistic development.
“I learned that the music they composed came from the real things in their lives, everything came from their experiences and that it meant a lot to them, it mattered and it always came out of honesty,” said actress Iliana García who gives life to Gloria Estefan. The story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan comes to Raleigh hand-in-hand with Latinas and Latinos in this musical. The musical presents the most famous and representative songs by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. From Conga, Rhythm is Gonna Get You, 1-2-3, to Mi Tierra, from the hands of Latin American and Hispanic artists. “It’s very important to see someone who looks like you on stage, acting, singing, because when I was a kid I never saw anyone who looked like me, I never saw myself in the theater and in Musicals represented,” says Iliana. Garcia. It is imperative for Shadia that the stories of Latinas and Latinos are told by the same community in the scene. “This is a celebration of that Caribbean, Latin American, contagious culture, it’s a party. It really gives power and strength to our culture to see us represented on stage and that makes me very proud,” adds Shadia. In addition to Iliana and Shadia, the cast includes Dhanny Burgos, Sydia Cedeño and Rubén Flores. Also local talent from North Carolina Conservatory students Aaron Azcona and Alondra Azcona, who play Gloria and Emilio in their early days.
Tickets for the musical about the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, staged in Raleigh, are already on sale and can be purchased here. YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN: The Broadway play ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is coming to Durham. The musical “Mean Girls” comes from Broadway to North Carolina
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