Superstar couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan have partnered with the Nederlander Organization to develop and produce a Broadway show inspired by their life story and their music, Billboard has learned. The show, which has been in development for almost a decade, will tell the Estefan’s long road from Cuba to crossover success, integrating the music that Gloria Estefan has made famous during her career.
Gloria, however, will not star or act on the show, which is expected to open in the next t24 months.
The show will be produced by Estefan Enterprises and The Nederlander Organization in partnership with Bernie Yuman, a long-time friend and business associate of the Estefan’s who is the producer and manager of Siegfried and Roy, one of he most successful and longest running shows in Las Vegas. Yuman will executive produce the Estefan show.
Despite the heavy influence of Latin rhythms and music on seminal Broadway shows like West Side Story, very few Latin-themed musical shows have been taken to Broadway. The most memorable examples are Evita, whose recent, very successful revival featured Ricky Martin in the role of Che. Earlier, in1998, Paul Simon’s The Capeman, starring Ruben Blades, Marc Anthony and Ednita Nazario, received Tony Nominations but was a commercial flop, closing after 68 performances. In 2007, In The Heights, a story of Dominicans in Washington HIeghts, with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, opened off Broadway before going on a successful Broadway run from 2008-2011 and winning multiple Tony awards.
“We are very excited to share this story, which is based on hope, determination and the belief that with hard work and passion, our dreams can become our reality,” said the Estefan’s in a statement. “Our music has been a true reflection of who we are, where we came from and the journey that has brought us to where we are today. Our cultural roots, our life-defining challenges and the rewards that come with believing in yourself and striving for that which you believe in wholeheartedly, will be the foundation for this theatrical production.”