On Your Feet, King's Theatre Glasgow
The Gloria Estefan musical plays Glasgow's King's Theatre this week featuring a soundtrack packed with hits.

This show really does tick all the boxes for musical theatre. At its heart is a dramatic story based around the struggles and successes of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Added to this is an upbeat Latino songbook packed with hits from the 80s and 90s, off-the-charts choreography and a book that weaves comedy seamlessly into the mix.

Tracking the life of Gloria from young girl to the height of her success, the musical follows her migration to the USA from Cuba, her love story with Emilio and her caring relationship with her father who was injured in Vietnam. Gloria's relationship with her mother was more difficult, though, as she disapproved of the music scene and the touring life that her daughter loved so much. Success did not come easily to the couple and so the musical tracks their efforts to hit the big time . before a tragic accident brings the success story to a sudden halt.

Performances were excellent throughout. Francesca Lara Gordon stepped up to the leading role of Gloria Estefan for our Wednesday evening performance - and, boy, did she deliver! This is a massive role with almost as many costume changes as songs. Ms Gordon was likeable and relatable and incredibly talented. George Ioannides, as Emilio, was perfectly cast with superb vocals and great comedic delivery. The supporting cast were all deserving of praise. I can only mention an excellent comic performance from Laura Friederich Tejero as (Grandma) Consuelo, amazing vocals from Elia Lo Tauro as José Fajardo, and a passionate and classy delivery from Madalena Alberto as Gloria Fajardo.

While the production was not innovative, the audience were certainly treated to a great show. Incorporation of the band onstage was welcome and clever use of twin sets of sliders enabled very smooth transitions in this slick production. Choreography from Serjio Trujillo was action packed and authentic featuring high energy Latin routines showing off some fabulous costumes.

Sadly, this deserving cast were not treated to a full house last night . but, on the bright side, that means that tickets are still available! Don't miss this chance to see an amazing show on its first UK tour.


On Your Feet
King's Theatre, Glasgow
Mon 2nd - Sat 7th March 2020
www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)