On Your Feet - Milton Keynes Theatre - ATG Tickets (atgtickets.com)
This tour has started direct from its London shows and includes many of the West End cast. It is the story of Emilio and Gloria and follows them from their early lives in Cuba to Miami and eventual worldwide success. 
This is a jukebox musical crammed with twenty-six tracks, all performed by a superlative band, and is of a higher class than many of the same genre currently doing the rounds.
The diverse catalogue of the Estefans is covered with a mix of the most well-known dance tracks along with many of the quieter album tracks. The latter move the story along quite effectively whilst there
is of course the standard finale with a medley of hits and the obligatory ‘everyone get up and jig about for the last five minutes’. Oddly this involved some of the most exciting choreography and most dazzling costumes.
Last night’s show starred understudy Francesca Lara Gordon as Gloria and George Ioannides as Emilio Estefan. Gordon has a fantastic voice, as does every performer here, but is not a natural mover - highlighted by the fact that every other performer is an incredible dancer. Madalena Alberto and Elia Lo Tauro star as Gloria’s parents with Karen Mann as Consuelo carrying some of the best comedy moments.
The hugely talented ensemble have an infectious energy and enthusiasm. The staging is not particularly inspired consisting of a few sliding panels and scene changes but at least the simplicity means that the focus is on the performances.
The story spends a lot of time on the early struggle of the band to gain a foothold in the music business and the issues surrounding the huge difficulties and opposition towards a Latin performer crossing over into the mainstream. This is clearly the focus for the playwright Alex Dinelaris and his admiration for the tenacity and determination of the Estefans and their ability to maintain their relationship throughout all the ups and downs of business and family life very much comes across. The timeline and pacing of the story felt a bit erratic and uneven at times across the arc of the show. Much is made of the road accident and subsequent injury to Gloria and her journey back to full health and performing but this again is obviously Dinelaris’ desire to acknowledge her strength, determination and family bonds. 
This isn't a one dimensional show focussing on the music to the detriment of other elements but instead a successfully rounded drawing of characters and events. It's also great fun! 

On Your Feet plays MK Theatre until 15 February
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