Reviewed by Kevin Pollack
If you're a fan of Gloria Estefan and her music, then you should definitely be at the theater at On Your Feet! This new musical that premiered here in Chicago originally, before transferring to Broadway. Now, on the First National Tour after closing on Broadway, the show comes to Chicago, where it all started, this time with some well-done rewrites.
As Gloria Estefan, Christie Prades electrifies the stage, sounding just like Estefan. She owns the performance from start to finish, in Estafan and her husband Emilio's life story from when they first met all the way to Estefan's big comeback into music at the AMA Awards after a bus accident in the 90's. As Emilio, Mauricio Martinez plays the suave, smooth Latin superstar he's become with his wife. He also has a great voice to go along with his wonderful acting.
The show starts from when she was a little girl, and her father traumatized from the war as she goes into her teens, to meeting Emilio and joining his band, which would later become Miami Sound Machine. Expect to hear favorite Estafan songs, “Anything For You,” “1-2-3,” “Conga,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Don't Want to Lose You,” “Coming Out of the Dark” and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” among others.
Other well-done performance come from Nancy Ticotin as Gloria's mother, Debra Cardona as Consuele, Gloria's Grandmother, Jason Martinez as Gloria's dad, Amaris Sanchez as Young Gloria and Kevin Tellez as Gloria and Emilio's son Nayib/Young Emilio/Jeremy as well as the rest of the ensemble.
The show is brilliantly choreographed by Tony-Award Nominee Sergio Trujillo, well-directed by Tony-winner Jerry Mitchell, well-written book by Alexander Dinelaris (who also wrote the book for the flop The Bodyguard: The Musical), beautiful set design by Tony-Award winner David Rockwell, and fantastic lighting design by Tony-Award winner Kenneth Posner. Through most of the show, you feel like you're at a Gloria Estefan concert and those lights certainly helps. Big props to the unbelievable band onstage led by Music Director and 30-year Miami Sound Machine member Clay Ostwald Also, credit goes to 3-time Grammy Award winner Oscar Hernandez for arrangements/orchestrations and Lon Hoyt.
I highly recommend you see this show. I guarantee you will be dancing in your seat as I was, singing along to all of the songs you know or grew up with. The show is playing for 1 more week, so get your tickets now and get on your feet to party!
Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays 7:30 p.m.
Fridays 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays 2 and 8 p.m.
Sundays 2 p.m. ( 3/25 also a 7:30 p.m. show)
Tickets range from $30- $110 and can be purchased at any of the Broadway In Chicago Theatre box offices, by calling the Broadway in Chicago Ticketline at 1-800-775-2000 or online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com
The Cadillac Palace Theatre is located at 151 West Randolph Street