Tony-winning regional theatre Paper Mill Playhouse will kick off its 2022-23 season with On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan. Casting has been announced for the production, which will begin performances October 7 at the Millburn, New Jersey theatre ahead of opening night October 9. Its run is set through November 6.
Starring in the cast will be Linedy Genao (On Your Feet!) as Gloria, Brandon Espinoza (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Emilio, Francisca Muñoz (Our Lady Lupe) as Gloria Fajardo, and Yajaira Paredes (Clue) as Consuelo. Sharing the role of Little Gloria will be Olivia Andrade-Marin and Natalia Artigas (Disney’s Frozen), joined by Carlos Carreras (On Your Feet!) as Nayib/Young Emilio/Jeremy.
Completing the ensemble are Jonathan Arana, Mike Baerga, Brigitte Beach, Arthur Joseph Cuadros, Nicholas Cunha, Rubén Flores, Gabriela García, Diego Guevara, Rachel Josefina, Kyle Laing, Ángel Lozada, Risa Nicole, Vincent Ortega, Alexa Racioppi, Janina Rosa, Stefanie Renee Salyers, Vanessa Sierra, Luis Villabon, and Sarah Waite.
Featuring a book by Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman, The Bodyguard), and a score comprising music produced and recorded by Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, On Your Feet! follows the lives of the music legends. The musical explores how Emilio and Gloria, two Cuban immigrants from Miami, fell in love and worked to rise above personal family struggles while pursuing the dream of bringing their Latin sound to mainstream American music. Hits from the couple's discography such as “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” and “1-2-3,” feature in the show.
Alex Sanchez (Giant) will direct and choreograph, helming a creative team featuring music director Andrew David Sotomayor (Tootsie), Tony-winning scenic designer David Rockwell (Into the Woods), Tony-nominated costume designer Emilio Sosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), lighting designer Charlie Morrison (Songs for a New World), sound designer Matt Kraus (Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas), projection designer Darrel Maloney (The Cher Show), costume coordinator Antonio Consuegra (Funny Girl), and hair and wig designer Marcus Lopez (On Your Feet!). Consuegra will provide additional costume designs, while Jeffrey Rodriguez will serve as production stage manager. Casting is by Bass/Valle Casting.
For tickets and more information, visit PaperMill.org.