THE STORY OF EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN
Gaby Albo and Samuel Garnica will star as Gloria and Emilio Estefan in the brand-new national touring production of the smash hit Broadway musical, ON YOUR FEET! THE STORY OF EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN. This exciting new production directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado will play at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8. Both performances will be at 8 pm. For more information, please visit OnYourFeetMusical.com.
Albo and Garnica starred in the critically acclaimed world premiere of ON YOUR FEET! in Spanish at the GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, D.C., directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado, where both earned rave reviews from audiences and critics alike.
“Gaby and Samuel have the deepest work ethic and kindness. She commits one hundred 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.
Mexican actor Gaby Albo made her stage debut in A Chorus Line in Mexico, followed by other iconic shows such as Aladdin, Cats, Mentiras and the North American tour of West Side Story. She is a graduate of AMDA NY where she was featured in their Broadway’s Rising Stars showcase. In 2017, she was a semifinalist on The Voice TV competition in Mexico.
“I’ve already had a small taste of how huge this show is — especially and the quality and heart that Luis and the show demands — so I am getting physically and mentally prepared to take everything to the next level. I cannot wait to touch people’s hearts with the Estefan’s’ powerful story across the U.S.,” said Albo.
Venezuelan actor Samuel 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) The Dropout, and more. He has been the voice for Boost Mobile, Papa John’s, Publix, Pepsi, and Nivea Men among others. His awards include the 2017 ATI award for best supporting actor for his work on Así Que Pasen 5 Años, and the 2019 award for best actor at the Fuerza Fest for his work on La Llamada de Lauren.
“Being able to celebrate our culture, roots and ancestors through the Estefan’s’ story allows me to write my own story in my journey as an artist, which I hope can also inspire others to ‘seguir la tradición,’” said Garnica.
“We are deeply honored to have Gaby Albo and Samuel Garnica leading the cast of this newest version of ON YOUR FEET!” said Gloria and Emilio Estefan. “Having seen both 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!”
Salgado added, “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.”
ON YOUR FEET!, the exhilarating original musical based on the extraordinary life of 26-time GRAMMY® Award-winning husband-and-wife team Gloria and Emilio Estefan, features a book by Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner Alexander Dinelaris and a score made up of some of the most loved and iconic songs of the past quarter-century including 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. Having begun in Chicago in the summer of 2015, ON YOUR FEET! made its Broadway debut that November, played for two years, and received seven Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, three Drama League Award nominations and a Tony Award® nomination for Best Choreography.
The creative team will include 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, Additional Orchestrations and Arrangements by Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald, and Oscar Hernández.
The U.S. national tour of ON YOUR FEET! THE STORY OF EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN is produced by GFour Productions and Evan Bernardin Productions through a special license from Theatrical Rights Worldwide, and represented by Columbia Artists Theatricals.
Tickets priced at $100, $75, $50 and $35 are available at The Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall, by calling 727.791.7400 or visiting www.RuthEckerdHall.com. The Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm ONLY. The Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall will open one hour prior to show time.
More on Ruth Eckerd Hall:
Ruth Eckerd Hall was named the #1 venue in Tampa, #4 in Florida, #5 in the United States and #5 in the world of theatre venues of 2,500 seats or less by industry trade publication Pollstar in 2020. In 2002, 2008 and 2021, Ruth Eckerd Hall was nominated by Pollstar for Theatre of the Year. In 2020 and 2021, Ruth Eckerd Hall was nominated by the Academy of Country Music for Theatre of the Year. In 2021, industry trade publication, VenuesNow, named Ruth Eckerd Hall the recipient of the 2021 All-Stars Award – Theater and Performing Arts Center.
Designed by the prestigious Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Ruth Eckerd Hall is known for its fantastic sightlines and near-perfect acoustics. In 2019, as part of the Capital Campaign, Ruth Eckerd Hall completed an $11 million renovation, which included a stunning three story floor to ceiling windows surrounding the new 6,000 square foot Grand Lobby, that is home to the Kate Tiedemann and Ellen Cotton Cabaret Theatre and where patrons can enjoy enhanced food and beverage service, stunning décor, including additional seating, custom acoustical and lighting features and a 34-foot, 5-inch wide x 6-foot, 5-inch tall video wall. The members-only Hoffman Family Dress Circle Lounge has doubled in size, giving members a spectacular view and additional comfort, adjacent to the new Grand Lobby. Also included, the England Family Music Garden, a newly reimagined outdoor performance space located at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s east entrance, where guests can enjoy amenities prior to ticketed events.
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