As On Your Feet: The Musical hits the stage at Norwich Theatre Royal this week, theatre blogger Dawn Maidstone immerses herself in the hits of Gloria Estefan.
Tickets supplied in return for a review
This week, as part of a UK tour direct from London’s West End, On Your Feet is set to give Norwich an injection of Cuban-infused music from Gloria and Emilio Estefan.
The story is based on the Estefans’ real-life experiences. We watch their journey to take Cuban-infused pop music into the mainstream music industry.
From humble beginnings to international fame, this inspiring story is filled with passion. However, it doesn’t lose sight of the realities of following your dreams.
Estefan on stage
Leading the cast with an abundance of energy and outstanding vocals was Philippa Stefani (RENT, In The Heights, Grease) as Gloria. Alongside her and helping to showcase the love and passion Gloria and Emilio have for each another was George Ioannides (Mamma Mia, Annie). Madalena Alberto gave an emotional and evolving portrayal as Gloria’s mother, while comical moments were often presented through Gloria’s granny Consuelo, who was played by Karen Mann.
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In addition to their popular hits, Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, Conga, Get On Your Feet and Dr.Beat it was Estefan’s lesser-known ballads that helped carry the story through. I particularly enjoyed George and Madalena’s duet.
In the beginning, sliding doors and the simple set worked to resemble family life and everyday living, but as the story progressed, the staging and scenery felt lacking.
However, Sergeo Trujillo’s choreography made up for this and was executed with precision and passion by the ensemble. It fills the stage and brings the show to life – the rhythm definitely gets you!
On Your Feet runs until Saturday 23rd November at Norwich Theatre Royal.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office on 01603 630000.