Is the rhythm gonna get UK audiences when Gloria Estefan’s musical ON YOUR FEET comes to London?
Last week it was announced that On Your Feet, the true love story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, will make its UK debut next year at the London Coliseum, following a two year run on Broadway.
ON YOUR FEET! is the true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom and features some of the most iconic pops songs of the era, including ‘Rhythm is Gonna Get You’, ‘Conga’, ‘Get On Your Feet’, ‘Don’t Want To Lose You Now’ and ‘1-2-3’.
Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is the most successful Latin crossover performer in the history of pop music. In addition to her 38 number 1 hits across the Billboard charts, Gloria recorded the Oscar-nominated song ‘Music of My Heart’ and has received numerous honours and awards over the course of her illustrious career. Emilio Estefan is a founding member of the pioneering Miami Sound Machine, who created a brand new Latin crossover sound – fusing infectious Cuban rhythms with American pop and disco. Combined, they have won a staggering 26 Grammy awards.
I saw this musical on Broadway a couple of years ago and it’s a lot of fun (the conga line around the auditorium especially) but I do wonder if Gloria Estefan’s music is more well known in the US than it is in the UK? She has had huge success all over the world but I can imagine her latino-pop music is possibly more well-known in America than in the UK.
It’s a fun show and Gloria’s life makes for a fascinating story, but it will be interesting to see if it has the same impact when it makes its London debut at the London Coliseum next year.
I ran a poll on Twitter last week, asking people if they would be going to see the show when it comes to London and there was pretty much a 50/50 split in answers (47% saying they would go, 44% saying they would not and 9% not knowing who Gloria is).
What do you think? Will you be going to see it? Do you think it will do well with a UK audience?