Christie Prades, who currently appears as a swing in the Broadway company of On Your Feet!, will take on the role of famed recording artist and performer Gloria Estefan when the musical embarks on a national tour. She will be joined by Mexican telenovela actor Mauricio Martinez, who will play Emilio Estefan.
Martinez will also take on the role of Emilio in the Broadway company from July 11–August 13, taking over for Ektor Rivera at the Marquis Theatre. Rivera will return for the final week; the Broadway production of the bio-musical concludes its nearly two-year run August 20.
The tour will begin in Buffalo, New York, September 22 prior to celebrating its official opening in the Estefans’ home city of Miami, Florida, October 5. Additional stops in the 80-week itinerary include Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Denver.
Born in Miami to Cuban immigrant parents, Prades understudies the role of Gloria on Broadway as a swing. Her regional credits include In the Heights and West Side Story. Martinez stars on NBC Universo’s El Vato, which returns for a second season this summer. He has appeared on stages in Mexico in such shows as Beauty and the Beast, Saturday Night Fever, and The Drowsy Chaperone. He also starred as Che in Kansas City Repertory’s Evita last year.
Additional casting for the tour will be announced at a later date.