ON YOUR FEET, the musical story of Cuban-American singer/songwriter Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio opened at The Grand Opera House on Monday the 11th November to a standing, and dancing ovation.
The musical tells the love story of Gloria and writer-producer husband Emilio as they curated a new type of music – Latin-infused pop. A crossover of two powerhouse genres, they were repeatedly told that their sound did not have a place. The 2hrs and 30 minute performance follows the ‘pioneering pair’ through their trials and tribulations all to the rhythm of Gloria’s Grammy-Award winning hits such as ‘Conga’, ‘Dr Beat’ and ‘Turn the beat around’.
Whilst it portrays a promising start, opening to bongo-based ‘Rhythm is going to get you’, many of her well-known hits feature in the first half – leaving her slower, less-known ballads abandoned in the second half and taking most of the storyline with it. When asked if there was enough conflict in the Estefan’s story to create a credible musical, director Jerry Mitchell had previously said that he had found it a struggle – audiences may notice this too, as the consistent storyline of Gloria battling her mother becomes quickly tiresome.
Considering perhaps the biggest conflict in Gloria’s life occurred when she fractured her spine in a tour bus crash, this element of the story is relatively quickly brushed over with yet another bland ballad. Nevertheless, the audience present on the opening night appeared entertained when the 2hr 30 min performance finally ‘Wrapped’ up with a more up-beat number.
Showing now until the 16th November, this musical is ideal for Gloria Estefan fans or for those who simply want a nap.
Tickets are available to purchase at https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-