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Ektor Rivera to make Broadway debut in On Your Feet!

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Puerto Rican star Ektor Rivera will make his Broadway debut as Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan at the Marquis Theatre from 12 July 2016. Original cast member Josh Segarra will play his final performance in the role on 10 July.

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 previous theatre credits in Puerto Rico include 'Rent,' 'Hairspray,' 'Godspell,' 'Piaf,' 'High School Musical,' 'The Outsiders' and 'The Mousetrap.'

The principal cast of On Your Feet! currently includes Ana Villafañe (Gloria Estefan), Josh Segarra (Emilio Estefan), Andréa Burns (Gloria Fajardo), Alma Cuervo (Consuelo), Alexandria Suarez/Fabi Aguirre (Little Gloria) and Eduardo Hernandez/Kevin Tellez (Nayib/Young Emilio).

On Your Feet! officially opened to positive reviews on 5 November 2015, following previews from 5 October, and is currently booking through to 2 April 2017.

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."

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

Photo by Caitlin McNaney Ektor Rivera

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