Published: 06:00, 18 January 2020
With her Cuban rhythms fused with pop and disco, Gloria Estefan lit up the charts in the 80s and 90s.
She's sold more than 100 million records; had 38 No.1s; recorded the Oscar-nominated song Music of My Heart, and is the most successful Latin crossover performer in the history of pop music.
Along with her husband, Emilio Estefan, a founding member of the pioneering Miami Sound Machine, who created the Latin crossover sound, they have won 26 Grammy awards. Now, they have combined their talents again to create the Broadway and West End musical On Your Feet!, which is coming to Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre.
It tells the true love story of the part and their journey from Cuba, to Miami and superstardom and features iconic hits including including Rhythm is Gonna Get You, Get On Your Feet, and 1-2-3.
For Gloria, 62, she is very proud of the show and says of her favourite number: “Most definitely the one I co-wrote with my daughter Emily called If I Never Got To Tell You, which in the play is when my mother comes to visit me in hospital after the tour bus accident.
"My daughter couldn’t be in the show because she hadn’t been born during the timeframe. I tried to wedge her in there somewhere in any possible way and then she ended up being in it in a very natural, beautiful way through the only original song written specifically for it.
"It’s a very poignant song."
On Your Feet! will be at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, from Monday, January 20, to Saturday, January 25. Book tickets at marlowetheatre.com or call the box office on 01227 787787.
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