LONDON – Following a highly successful season at the London Coliseum, which ended its run on 31st August 2019, producers Jamie Wilson and Gavin Kalin announced 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 3rd September 2019 at the Birmingham Hippodrome.
Says Jamie Wilson: ‘After our triumphant London run we are currently in exciting talks with theatre owners to bring the show back to London next year for a second summer. I am absolutely delighted that our original London cast, Philippa, George, Madalena and Karen will be taking the show on its international tour. The love and support from the audiences in London has been amazing and we look forward to bringing this Miami party back in 2020’.
Philippa Stefani’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tony Award® nominated show ran on Broadway for two years, playing for over 750 performances. It is currently on a two year US tour, whilst the production in Holland played to sell out business and standing ovations for a season in 2017/18.
On Your Feet! is currently touring the UK. Full tour dates and venues available on their website here