NEW YORK — A Cuban-American actress who attended the same Miami high school as Gloria Estefan and an actor who stars on USA’s “Sirens” have been chosen to star on Broadway as Gloria and Emilio Estefan in a musical based on the groundbreaking entertainers’ lives.
Producers said last week that Ana Villafane, who appeared in the film “Magic City Memoirs” and who initially auditioned via video to play Gloria Estefan, will make her Broadway debut opposite Josh Segarra in “On Your Feet!”
Segarra has been seen off-Broadway in “Dogfight” and on Broadway in “Lysistrata Jones.” He has a recurring role on NBC’s “Chicago PD” and a guest appearance on Showtime’s “Homeland.”
The musical will begin performances Oct. 5 at the Marquis Theatre after a stop this summer at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, from June 2 through July 5.
Jerry Mitchell, who directed “Kinky Boots,” will helm the show, with Sergio Trujillo choreographing. The story will be written by Alexander Dinelaris.
The Estefans were born in Cuba and together became musical luminaries in Spanish and English, winning Grammy Awards and fans across the U.S. with crossover hits like “The Rhythm is Going To Get You,” ‘’Conga” and “Words Get in the Way” They also helped the careers of other artists, including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada.
NEW YORK — How sweet it is: A new musical about the composer of the hymn “Amazing Grace” is coming to Broadway.
Producers said Wednesday that many of the cast who premiered the show in Chicago last year will return, including Tony Award-nominee Josh Young, and Tony-winner Chuck Cooper.
The new musical, with music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron, centers on John Newton, an 18th-century slave trader whose spiritual awakening led him to write the hymn.
The new play joins a recent list of religious-themed Broadway works, including “Hand to God,” “An Act of God,” “The Book of Mormon,” `’Sister Act,” `’Grace,” `’Scandalous,” `’Leap of Faith,” `’Godspell” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
“Amazing Grace” begins performances at the Nederlander Theatre on June 25.