The Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan musical “On Your Feet!” has locked in its Broadway timeline, with a Chicago tryout planned for next summer ahead of a November opening at Broadway’s Marquis Theater.
The production, directed by Jerry Mitchell (“Kinky Boots”), has given itself plenty of runway to build awareness . The project was announced earlier this year and, having set dates and venues more than a year out from its Broadway opening, will initially try to grab attention with open casting calls via YouTube submissions as well as auditions in Miami (where the Estefans launched their careers) and New York.
Musical will chart the lives and music-world success of the Estefans, with a score drawn from familiar tunes (“Get on Your Feet,” “Conga,” “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”) as well as music the two will write for the show. The title potentially stands to tap the broad international demo of Latino theatergoers who turned out for Ricky Martin’s run in the 2012 revival of “Evita.”
“On Your Feet” runs June 2-July 5 at Chicago’s Oriental Theater, prior to a Broadway run that begins previews Oct. 5, 2015, and opens Nov. 5.