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30 May 2019, 19:00 | Updated: 30 May 2019, 19:01
Gloria Estefan is the subject of an exciting new musical about to open up at London's West End.
On Your Feet! has already been a big success on Broadway and around the world, and here is all the important info you need as it finally arrives in the UK:
On Your Feet! will play at the London Coliseum in summer 2019.
Tickets are currently being taken for the dates June 14 to August 31, and can be booked here.
It is based on the lives and music of 26-time Grammy Award-winning husband-and-wife team Gloria and Emilio Estefan.
The musical has a book written by Alexander Dinelaris, and a score built around the Cuban-fusion music made famous by Gloria Estefan.
From the late 1970s to 1989, Gloria was the lead singer of the Latin pop collective the Miami Sound Machine.
The group scored several hits, particularly with 1985 'Conga', which became her signature song. In 1988, she and the band got their first US number one hit for the song 'Anything for You'. Other MSM hits include 'Dr Beat' and 'I Need a Man'.
By the mid-to-late 1980s, Gloria started taking top billing on MSM songs, and in 1989 she went solo.
Among her most famous songs include 'The Rhythm is Gonna Get You', 'Can't Stay Away from You', '1-2-3', 'Don't Wanna Lose You', 'Coming Out of the Dark', and 'Turn the Beat Around'.
Gloria Estefan started dating the Miami Sound Machine's band leader, Emilio Estefan, in 1976. As she later said, "he was my first and only boyfriend."
They married on September 2, 1978 and have a son, Nayib (born 1980), and a daughter, Emily (born 1994).
The songs included in the musical are:
'Rhythm Is Gonna Get You'
'Cuando Salí de Cuba'
'Anything For You'
'I See Your Smile'
'Con Los Años Que Me Quedan'
'Here We Are'
'When Someone Comes Into Your Life'
'Get on Your Feet'
'Live for Loving You'
'You'll Be Mine (Party Time)'
'Oye Mi Canto'
'If I Never Got to Tell You'
'Don't Wanna Lose You'
'Coming Out of the Dark'
Christie Prades will perform the role of Gloria Estefan. Born in Miami to Cuban parents, she was asked by Gloria herself to lead the first US tour of the musical. She will make her West End debut in the role.
George Ioannides will play Emilio.