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Musical based on Gloria Estefan’s life to hit Broadway next year

Musical based on Gloria Estefan’s life to hit Broadway next year

GLORIA'S LIFE STORY: The musical will be directed by two-time Tony winner Jerry Mitchell. Photo: Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new musical based on the life of seven-time Grammy winning singer Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, a music, television and film producer, will debut on Broadway next year, producers of the show said on Monday.

“On Your Feet!” is set to open on Nov. 5, 2015, and will chronicle the couple’s story and her journey, from leaving Cuba to finding international success.

The couple is working with the Nederlander Organization and producer Bernie Yuman and began an international search for new talent to play the lead roles. They will also hold casting calls next month in Miami and New York.

“Finding the right performers to tell our story on the Broadway stage is the most important step in this project,” Estefan, 56, said in a statement.

“Our journey together started in Miami, a city that has been an inspiration to us both, and it only felt right that the city be a cornerstone in our search for the next generation of bright talent.”

The show will be the latest in a list of jukebox musicals on Broadway, including Tony-winners “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” and “Jersey Boys,” about the 1960s group The Four Seasons.

Estefan, one of the most successful Latin crossover stars, has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Her hits include “Conga,” “The Rhythm is Going to Get You” and “1,2,3.”

The singer and her family left Cuba when she was a child. She met Emilio in Miami and became the lead singer in his band, which was renamed Miami Sound Machine. They have been married since 1978.

The musical will be directed by two-time Tony winner Jerry Mitchell.

(editing by Gunna Dickson)

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