By Sherlene Shanklin
The phrase “On Your Feet” is symbolic for both Emilio and Gloria Estefan. One would automatically think it’s an eruption into a standing ovation which they receive during performances.
It’s goes a little deeper than that.
On March 20, 1990, Gloria’s tour bus crashed while in a snowstorm where she fractured her spine and required extensive rehab. Doctors at one point thought she would never walk again but Estefan’s determination proved everyone wrong.
In fact, in less than a year, she was walking again and resumed her tour, performing one of her hits “On Your Feet”.
Fast-forward to 2019, now there’s a Broadway musical created by the Estefans with the same name.
Starting tonight through March 17, “On Your Feet” will be at the Kentucky Center in Louisville. Coincidentally, it ends in Louisville just three days from the anniversary of that crash that changed Gloria and Emilio’s life.
The musical takes you behind the scenes, giving an intimate look at leaving their lives in Cuba, moving to Miami with nothing and their rise to international acclaim. The Estefans hit it big on both Spanish and mainstream charts.
The dynamic couple and business partners describe their journey of resilience by saying in the face of adversity, they found a way to end up on their feet earning a combined 26 Grammy Awards.
Tickets start at $37.00. You need to check their website kentuckycenter.org for available show times.