Gaby Albo and Samuel Garnica will star as Grammy winners Gloria and Emilio Estefan in the new, non-Equity national tour of On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan, launching November 15 at West Palm Beach's Kravis Center for the Performing Arts before visiting 70 cities nationwide.
Albo and Garnica previously starred in the acclaimed Spanish-language premiere of On Your Feet! at the GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, D.C., helmed by Luis Salgado, who will also direct and choreograph the forthcoming tour. Additional casting will be announced.
Mexican actor Albo made her stage debut in A Chorus Line in Mexico, followed by roles in Aladdin, Cats, Mentiras, and the North American tour of West Side Story. She is a graduate of AMDA NY and was a semifinalist on The Voice TV competition in Mexico.
Venezuelan actor Garnica’s credits include El Laurel de Apolo and La Canción (Repertorio Español, New York), The Tempest (R.Evolucion Latina), Matilda (Salgado Productions), Love and Yogurt (New York Theater Barn), and The Dropout.
“Gaby and Samuel have the deepest work ethic and kindness. She commits 100 percent to her artistic process and exploration. He balances the hunger, desire, and love that exist in his character. This is the caliber of artist I want to have on this tour, and I’m thrilled to have them as our leads,” said Salgado. “I could never express my gratitude for the level of representation in this tour, showing what an American truly looks like. Our leads are from Mexico and Venezuela, our music director is from Colombia, and I am from Puerto Rico. The representation is so powerful, real, and honest to the story we are telling. It will resonate into an explosive experience for everyone who comes to see the show.”
“We are deeply honored to have Gaby Albo and Samuel Garnica leading the cast of this newest version of On Your Feet!,” added the Estefans. “Having seen both of these talented young performers in the show, we are confident that they will dazzle and delight audiences across the country. Gaby throws herself into the music and dancing with such fervor, and Samuel couldn’t be more charming. They represent the heart and soul of our story, and audiences will surely feel their authenticity. We can’t wait to see them on stage again!”
On Your Feet!, which charts the success of multiple Grammy winners Gloria and Emilio Estefan, features a book by Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris and a score that includes such hits as “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Don’t Want To Lose You Now,” “1-2-3,” and “Coming Out of the Dark.”
The production will also have scenic design by Clifton Chadick, lighting design by Christopher Annas-Lee, costume design by Jeannette Christensen, video design by Patrick W. Lord, sound design by Diego Garzón, casting by Kate Lumpkin Casting, music direction by Daniel Alejandro Gutierrez, musical supervision by Clay Ostwald, music, lyrics, and orchestrations by Emilio and Gloria Estefan, arrangements by Lon Hoyt, and additional orchestrations and arrangements by Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald, and Oscar Hernández.
On Your Feet! opened November 5, 2015, at Broadway's Marquis Theatre following previews that began October 5. When it closed August 20, 2017, the production, directed by Jerry Mitchell and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, played 34 previews and 746 regular performances. The musical received seven Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, three Drama League Award nominations, and a Tony nomination for Best Choreography.
The tour is produced by GFour Productions and Evan Bernardin Productions through a special license from Theatrical Rights Worldwide, and represented by Columbia Artists Theatricals.