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Time to Get On Your Feet!

FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando series continues with a Conga Beat

Time to Get On Your Feet!

The pulsating On Your Feet! charts the lives and hits of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, the Cuban-American couple behind such irresistible pop songs as “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Conga” and “Don’t Want To Lose You Now.”

Their marriage and professional relationship is rooted in Miami Sound Machine, the band that musician-producer Emilio established and that signer Gloria gave its trademark vocal energy. The early success of Miami Sound Machine marked the beginning of a huge international career for the Estefans, who together have won 26 Grammys.

But there’s tragedy along with triumph here: The show also deals with the 1990 tour-bus accident in which Gloria was critically injured — and from which she recovered to make a triumphant return to the stage.

“It's a triple love story,” she told the New York Daily News in discussing the jukebox musical. “It's our personal love story and our love story to music. Emilio had a band in Cuba since he was 8, and it helped him survive. He played accordion for tips in restaurants. And it's a love story to this country, which opened its arms and really let us make our dreams come true.”

The Walt Disney Theater is the second stop on the show’s tour, right after an opening in — where else? — Miami.

On Your Feet The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Musical opens this week and plays through October 22. Student Rush is available 2 hours before the show. Fans can also participate in a Chat Back with the cast on Wednesday evening after the show.

-- Excerpt from artsLife.