Tony-winning regional theatre Paper Mill Playhouse will kick off its 2022-23 season with On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan. The stars of the bio musical, Linedy Genao and Brandon Espinoza, stopped by the Playbill Studio to sing one of Gloria Estefan’s hits, “Here We Are.” Watch their performance in the video above.
The production will begin previews October 7 at the Millburn, New Jersey, theatre ahead of an October 9 opening night. Performances continue through November 6.
Genao, recently announced to play the title role in the upcoming Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Bad Cinderella, stars as Gloria and Espinoza (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Emilio with Francisca Muñoz (Our Lady Lupe) as Gloria Fajardo and Yajaira Paredes (Clue) as Consuelo. Sharing the role of Little Gloria will be Olivia Andrade-Marin and Natalia Artigas (Disney’s Frozen), joined by Carlos Carreras (On Your Feet!) as Nayib/Young Emilio/Jeremy.
Completing the ensemble are Jonathan Arana, Mike Baerga, Brigitte Beach, Arthur Joseph Cuadros, Nicholas Cunha, Rubén Flores, Gabriela García, Diego Guevara, Rachel Josefina, Kyle Laing, Ángel Lozada, Risa Nicole, Vincent Ortega, Alexa Racioppi, Janina Rosa, Stefanie Renee Salyers, Vanessa Sierra, Luis Villabon, and Sarah Waite.
Featuring a book by Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman, The Bodyguard) and a score comprising music produced and recorded by Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, On Your Feet! follows the lives of the music legends.
Alex Sanchez (Giant) directs and choreographs, leading a creative team featuring music director Andrew David Sotomayor (Tootsie), Tony-winning scenic designer David Rockwell (Into the Woods), Tony-nominated costume designer Emilio Sosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), lighting designer Charlie Morrison (Songs for a New World), sound designer Matt Kraus (Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas), projection designer Darrel Maloney (The Cher Show), costume coordinator Antonio Consuegra (Funny Girl), and hair and wig designer Marcus Lopez (On Your Feet!). Consuegra provides additional costume designs, while Jeffrey Rodriguez serves as production stage manager. Casting is by Bass/Valle Casting.