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She wasn a dancer and he had a strong Puerto Rican accent, but together Ana Villafae and Josh Segarra are being transformed into Cuban American power couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan.
Villafae is making her Broadway debut as Gloria Estefan Your Feet! which opens Thursday at the Marquis Theatre, and calls it a big responsibility.
be chosen to play this part and to step into these shoes is a huge deal, she said. more because of the person that she is and what she represents to so many people. Your Feet! follows the lives of the Estefans, two Cubans who fled their country, made a new life in Miami and rose to the top of the music world, with Gloria selling over 100 million records and Emilio helping launch the careers of stars such as Shakira, Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez. The couple has 26 Grammys combined. presidential candidates on the campaign trail have demonizing immigrants.
think (the show) is important because that curtain opens and you don see two Latinos, you don see three,
you see 25, and there an authenticity to that, there a truth to that, there a love that you can teach our cast, Segarra said.
is a reflection of our country now, added Villafae. one can walk down the streets of New York or anywhere and say that we all look the same and that diversity is not very much alive and well in this country And if you look at Broadway, especially this season how colorful it is, you can escape it. musical, which moved to Broadway early in October after a stint in Chicago, features hits like Is Gonna Get You, on Your Feet,
Want to Lose You, and Out of the Dark. Segarra, who has appeared on Broadway in Jones and off Broadway in playing the role of Emilio has been a learning experience.
I got asked to do this I only known minimal information about both of them. I obviously knew their music, but getting to read about him and getting to know his story, it impossible not to have it touch you, he said.
get to play a man that has broken walls, that broken barriers, that an honour, Segarra said. Latin artists, as Latinos in this business, we kind of at a change,
we watching the business shift a little bit where we are no longer defined by our ethnicity, we now get to play characters that happen to be Latino, they happen to be Cuban, and happen to be El Salvadorian, and happen to be Puerto Rican, and it not defining us anymore. her part, Villafae said it an honour to play Gloria not just for what she represents for the Latino community but for women and artists as well.
broke a lot of barriers in being herself, and in being herself without being stereotyped or without being clichd, she said, recalling the times Gloria was told to wear fruit on her head or red lipstick, she said I going out in leather and I going out in chaps. She didn have to be any certain mould,
she created one. an interview conducted in both English and Spanish, Villafae and Segarra were quick to laugh and complete each other sentences, especially when talking in Spanish. They thanked the support and guidance they received from the Estefans from day one.
the end of the day they chose us and we here to tell this story, to make this show and to celebrate this culture, to celebrate these lives, this music, this very special legacy that are the Estefans, said Villafae.
have been together for what, 38 years? In this business that so rare! Segarra said. I just asked them what is it, what the secret? And (Emilio) said,
loved each other throughout. That it. That all he said. He didn go into any deep explanation of it and is as simple as that. fantastic to watch, Villafae added. they touch has that little sprinkle of Estefan love, and I think that why they so successful at the end of the day.