‘On Your Feet!’ launches national tour full of DC-grown talent

Director and choreographer Luis Salgado and scenic, lighting, costume, and video designers from GALA Hispanic Theatre's hit Spanish-language world premiere of 'On Your Feet!' will reprise their roles on national tour.

Represented by Columbia Artists Theatricals through a special license from Theatrical Rights Worldwide and General Managed by Evan Bernardin Productions, a brand-new production of the smash-hit musical ON YOUR FEET! THE STORY OF EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN will launch a coast-to-coast US tour beginning in November 2022. This inspiring true story about heart, heritage and two people who believed in their talent—and each other—has already won the hearts of audiences and critics alike. The tour will visit more than 75 cities nationwide, with a press premiere to be held at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

Luis Salgado. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Luis Salgado. Photo courtesy of the artist.

This exciting new production is directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado, who performed in the original Broadway production of ON YOUR FEET! and was the Assistant Latin Choreographer of In the Heights on Broadway, which won four Tony Awards. In May 2022, Salgado directed and choreographed the world premiere of ON YOUR FEET! in Spanish at GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, DC, which The Washington Post praised the production as “boisterous .. and dreamlike.”

“We are absolutely thrilled that our musical will once again be shared with audiences across the United States in this brand new production of ON YOUR FEET! led by Luis Salgado,” Gloria and Emilio Estefan said about the tour’s announcement. “We’ve had tremendous fun sharing our story on the stage since our show first hit Broadway in 2015 and it is our hope that we can continue to inspire and uplift people with its celebratory message, especially at a time when we all need it so much.”

Salgado said, “This story exemplifies the American Dream through the eyes and work ethic of Cuban immigrants. The Estefans have given us permission to dare to dream bigger. They allowed their truth to resonate through their music, penetrating all of us, whether you’re Latine or not. This joy is a gift we want to give to our audiences.”

“We are passionate about opening the door of representation on this tour, and nurturing a diverse family both backstage and on stage, with creative team members who are joining us from around the world,” he added. Several creative team members from the Washington D.C. production will join the national tour.

The creative team will include Scenic Design by Clifton Chadick, Lighting Design by Christopher Annas-Lee, Costume Design by Jeannette Christensen, Video Design by Patrick W. Lord, Sound Design by Diego Garzón, Casting by Kate Lumpkin Casting, Music Direction by Daniel Alejandro Gutierrez, Musical Supervision by Clay Ostwald, Music, Lyrics and Orchestrations by Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Arrangements by Lon Hoyt, Additional Orchestrations and Arrangements by Jorge CasasClay Ostwald, and Oscar Hernández. 

Front: Gaby Albo; from left: Hugo Brument, Amy Romero, Steven Orrego Upegui, Camila Cardona, Brayan Llamoza, and Camila Taleisnik in GALA Hispanic Theatre’s production of ‘On Your Feet!’ Photo by Daniel Martinez.

ON YOUR FEET!, the exhilarating original musical based on the extraordinary life of 26-time Grammy Award-winning husband-and-wife team Gloria and Emilio Estefan, features a book by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Alexander Dinelaris and a score made up of some of the most loved and iconic songs of the past quarter-century including “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Don’t Want To Lose You Now,” “1-2-3” and “Coming Out of the Dark.” Having begun in Chicago in the summer of 2015, ON YOUR FEET! made its Broadway bow that November, played for two years, and received seven Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, three Drama League Award nominations and a Tony Award® nomination for Best Choreography.

Casting will be announced at a later date.

For more information and tickets, visit OnYourFeetMusical.com.

Gloria Estefan talks ‘On Your Feet! en español’: A story of love, family, and the American dream (interview by Nicole Hertvik)
A joyful and thrilling ‘On Your Feet!’ comes to life in Spanish at GALA (review by Ajani Jones)


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