Cast announced for the UK Tour of ON YOUR FEET! the Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Following a highly successful season at the London Coliseum which will end its run on 31 August 2019, producers Jamie Wilson and Gavin Kalin announced today plans for ON YOUR FEET! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan to return to London next Summer 2020. It was also announced today that the forthcoming international tour will star current London cast members Philippa Stefani as ‘Gloria Estefan’, George Ioannides as ‘Emilio Estefan’, Madalena Alberto as ‘Gloria Fajardo’ and Karen Mann as ‘Consuelo’ when the tour opens on 3 September 2019 at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Philippa Stefani is currently playing the role of ‘Gloria Estefan’ in ON YOUR FEET! at the London Coliseum. Her previous theatre roles include ‘Mimi’ in the recent national tour of “Rent”. She has also played ‘Daniela’ in “In The Heights” at King’s Cross Theatre. Her other theatre credits include the original London casts of “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria and “I Can’t Sing” and “Sister Act”, both at the London Palladium. She has also appeared in “High Society at the Old Vic and ”Ghost” at the Piccadilly Theatre.

George Ioannides has appeared in the West End productions of “Annie” and “Mamma Mia!” and was most recently seen as ‘Eduardo Cortez’ in “An Officer and a Gentleman” at Curve, Leicester and on national tour. George is currently playing the role of ‘Emilio Estefan’ in the London production of ON YOUR FEET!

Madalena Alberto’s West End credits include the title role in “Evita” at the Dominion Theatre and ‘Grizabella’ in “Cats” at the London Palladium. She has also appeared as ‘Fantine’ in the 25th Anniversary tour of “Les Miserables” and was most recently seen as ‘Giulietta’ in “Aspects of Love” at the Southwark Playhouse. Madalena is currently playing the role of ‘Gloria Fajardo’ in the London production of ON YOUR FEET!

Karen Mann’s many credits include ‘Golde’ in the national tour of “Fiddler on the Roof” opposite Paul Michael Glaser, ‘Marley’ in “Scrooge” at Curve and ‘Mother Superior’ in “Sister Act” also at Curve and on national tour. Her extensive work at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury includes ‘Gladys’ in “Copacabana”, ‘Viv’ in “Spend Spend Spend” and ‘Mrs Lovett in “Sweeney Todd”, which transferred to both the New Ambassadors Theatre and Trafalgar Studios. Karen is currently playing the role of ‘Conseulo’ in the London production of ON YOUR FEET!

Completing the cast will be Elia Lo Tauro, Sharif Afifi, Hollie Cassar, Laura Friedrich Tejero, Denzel Giskus, Francesca Lara Gordon, Yonly Leyva Desdunes, Olivia Kate Holding, Francisco Del Solar , Gabriella-Rose Marchant, Martin McCarthy, Alicia Mencía, Ciro Lourencio Meulens, Robert Oliver, Clayton Rosa, Julia Ruiz Fernandez, Dawnita Smith, Despina Violari, Nathan Zammit and Alain Zambrana Borges.

ON YOUR FEET! is the inspiring 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’ 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 -ew Latin crossover sound – fusing infectious Cuban rhythms with American pop and disco. Combined, they have won a staggering 26 Grammy awards.

3 – 7 September Birmingham Hippodrome
9 – 14 September Plymouth Theatre Royal
16 – 21 September Nottingham Theatre Royal
30 September – 5 October Sunderland Empire
7 – 12 October Edinburgh Festival Theatre
15 – 19 October Sheffield Lyceum Theatres
21 – 26 October Wales Millennium Centre
28 October – 2 November Manchester Palace
11 – 16 November Belfast Grand Opera House
19 – 23 November Norwich Theatre Royal


20 – 25 January Canterbury Marlowe Theatre
3 – 8 February Cheltenham Everyman Theatre
11 – 16 February Milton Keynes Theatre
17 – 22 February Liverpool Empire
24 – 29 February New Wimbledon Theatre
2 – 7 March Glasgow Kings Theatre
10 -14 March Aberdeen, Her Majesty’s Theatre
17 – 22 March Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
23 – 28 March Leeds Grand Theatre
31 March – 4 April Southampton Mayflower Theatre
14 – 18 April Newcastle Theatre Royal
27 April – 2 May Hull New Theatre

Photo: Johan Persson

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