According to an audition posting in the Manhattan Times, creatives for the musical were seeking Spanish-speaking boys (age 10-13) for the part of Young Emilio/Nayib for the reading. The part is described as "Emilio as a boy and Nayib Gloria's son. Straighforward. Determined. Strong. Must speak fluent Spanish and English and does not need to sing."
As previously announced, two-time Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell will helm the musical, which is scheduled to open on Broadway (at a Nederlander theatre to be announced) in fall 2015. A world-premiere, try-out run is planned for Chicago in summer 2015.
The creative team will also include book writer Alexander Dinelaris (The Bodyguard) and choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Memphis).
The Nederlander Organization will produce the show in partnership with executive producer Bernie Yuman, who is producer and manager for the Las Vegas show Siegfried & Roy as well as a longtime friend and business associate of the Estefans.
On Your Feet!, according to producers, "is the story of two people who — through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream — showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria's chart-topping, smash hits such as 'Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,' '1-2-3,' 'Mi Tierra' and 'Conga,' in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet." Additional creative team members and casting will be announced at a later date.
With seven Grammy Awards and over 100 million albums sold worldwide, Gloria Estefan is known as the "Queen of Latin Pop." Her chart-topping hit songs include "Conga," "The Rhythm is Going To Get You" and "1, 2, 3," among others. She recorded the Oscar-nominated song "Music Of My Heart," received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, which is the highest award that can be given to a naturalized U.S. citizen. Estefan also won the Hispanic Heritage Award, an MTV Video Music Award, two ACE Awards and the National Music Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year Award. She was also honored with the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement and was named BMI Songwriter of the Year. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has received multiple Billboard Awards for her many chart-topping hits.
Emilio Estefan is a music, television and film producer who has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his wife, Gloria, as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada, among many others. At the Latin Grammy Awards of 2000, he received the award for Producer of the Year.