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Gloria and Emilio Estefan plan Broadway musical of their lives

Gloria and Emilio Estefan are planning a Broadway musical that will tell the story of their rise from Cuban refugees to stardom.

Via the New York Daily News:

Gloria Estefan telling her life story in a Broadway musical

	Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, Jr. hope the rhythm is going to get Broadway audiences.

Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, Jr. hope the rhythm is going to get Broadway audiences.

 The rhythm is gonna get you — into a new Broadway show.

Grammy winner Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio announced on Tuesday that they are developing a musical based on their lives and music.

The couple has partnered with the Nederlander Organization and producer Bernie Yuman on the show that will trace the Estefans’ inspirational journey from Cuba to international pop stardom.

That’s a long way to go.

And the show, which has been in the works for a decade, has a way to before in can do the conga on a Broadway stage. A writer, creative team and director are still to be determined.

“We are very excited to share this story,” the Estefans noted in a statement.

They added that it is “based on hope, determination and the belief that with hard work and passion, our dreams can become our reality.”

9 comments to Gloria and Emilio Estefan plan Broadway musical of their lives

  • Rayarena

    I don't know any performer that has developed his/her own Broadway play based on his/her life. Is there any end to these two? A bit narcisistic I would say. In any case, maybe she'll get Santana to co-star in the play and she could donate part of the funds to Obama.

  • asombra

    I think this is called overreaching, at least in polite society.

  • Gigi

    " it is 'based on hope, determination and the belief that with hard work and passion, our dreams can become our reality.'" ---yes, yes, yes....all the values they share with the prez over $30,000+/plate dinners.

    This post has really ruined my lunch.

  • asombra

    This is partly the fault of the Cuban-American community for making too much of the Estefans (and others, like the Cretina woman). It's a kind of parochialism or provincialism.

  • Rayarena

    I hope that it flops like her much hyped CD flopped--the one where Santana was featured as a musician. Seriously, even when I used to support them--before Gloria became a monster of avarice more interested in making a buck than in the community that made her--- it was more out of ethnic affiliation and loyalty than anything else. At her best, she was Okay. Now, she's absolutely horrible. She has no voice to speak of--no range, she can't carry a tune even if you stuck the notes on her nose, etc... What's more, her songs all sound like a variation of each other one.

    Emilio and Gloria, should just hang it up. They're has-beens. People are now interested in Beyonce, Rhiana, Lady Gaga, etc... Not in some tacky looking bitch who sings like a bullfrog.

  • Lynx

    Nothing new here they've always been me me me me me, IIIII , geez!!! same as berrakko Hmmmm?

  • FreedomForCuba

    Lynx,

    Me think you're on to something, lol...

  • asombra

    Either they’re fooling themselves or somebody’s sold them a bill of goods, but the chances of this proposed show succeeding in NYC are mighty slim. The local “Latins” are quite unlikely to go for it, and the trendy/hip liberal NY crowd will probably cringe at the very idea. Yes, anything is possible, theoretically, but they’d have to line up just the right people and still get very lucky. Frankly, the whole thing sounds like a vanity project, something that far bigger pop music stars haven’t attempted. If they actually go through with this thing, it’s gonna cost them a hefty investment, and a failure will cost them more than money. This is not like a Broadway musical based on, say, the life of Judy Garland or Jim Morrison—not even close. I’m afraid we’re talking legends in their own minds, but confusing a certain kind of commercial success with serious merit is an old and fairly common problem.