Ektor Rivera returns to Broadway's On Your Feet! tonight
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|Ektor Rivera & Ana Villafañe in On Your Feet!|
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Ektor Rivera returns to the Broadway production of On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan tonight, reprising his role as Emilio Estefan for the final Broadway performances. As previously announced, the bio-musical will play its final show at the Marquis Theatre on August 20, 2017, ahead of an 80-week First National Tour beginning in September.
Mr Rivera is perhaps best known as the winner of winner of "Q'Viva! The Chosen" - a reality series by Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Simon Fuller. His other theatre credits in Puerto Rico include 'Rent,' 'Hairspray,' 'Godspell,' 'Piaf,' 'High School Musical,' 'The Outsiders' and 'The Mousetrap.'
On Your Feet! officially opened to positive reviews on November 5, 2015, following previews from October 5.
On Your Feet! is directed by Jerry Mitchell, and features a book by Alexander Dinelaris, music & lyrics by Emilio and Gloria Estefan, and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
Synopsis: "On Your Feet! is the story of two people who — through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream — showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. The musical is set to Gloria’s chart-topping, smash hits such as 'Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,' 'Conga,' '1-2-3,' 'Get On Your Feet,' 'Don’t Want To Lose You Now,' and 'Coming Out Of The Dark,' in addition to an original song written by Gloria and their daughter Emily Estefan."
The principal cast of On Your Feet! currently includes Ana Villafañe (as Gloria Estefan), Ektor Rivera (as Emilio Estefan), Doreen Montavlo (as Gloria Fajardo), Alma Cuervo (as Consuelo), Madison Elizabeth Lagares/Amaris Sanchez (as Little Gloria) and Eduardo Hernandez/Kevin Tellez (as Nayib/Young Emilio).
On Your Feet! features scenic design by David Rockwell, costumes by Emilio Sosa, lighting by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Steve Kennedy, projections by Darrel Maloney, hair & wig design by Chuck LaPointe, music direction by Lon Hoyt, orchestrations by Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, and dance arrangements and dance orchestrations by Oscar Hernandez.
The musical is produced by James L. Nederlander and Estefan Enterprises, Inc. in partnership with Bernie Yuman.
- by Tom Millward