Gloria Estefan plans stage musical
Estefans hope to take show to Broadway
The rhythm is going to get Gloria and Emilio Estefan to bring their musically-inspired life story to Broadway.
The business partners, husband and wife, and Cuban American icons announced Tuesday that they've also teamed up with the Nederlander Organization to develop a stage musical about their lives.
"I think our music and our story is real and I think it's not only leaving the country of Cuba and coming to America, the accident and so many things that look easy when you become famous,” said Emilio, "but we went through a lot of hard times and I think we will be able to show that and share that with a lot of people."
Says Jimmy Nederlander, president of the Nederlander Organization: "The Estefans' journey of success, led by raw talent and passion, is captivating as it drove them from relative obscurity to global sensations."
"I think the second generations are always looking for a story to be told. How was it when you came? Why didn't you change your name? Why didn't you change your sound? When we were almost forced to do that and we said we don't want to do it," said Emilio.
In 2013, the Estefans are much more than a chart-topping duo. They are Miami Dolphins minority owners, restaurateurs that give back to the South Florida community, and political activists fighting for freedom for their home country.
"At the end of the day, this is the quintessential American dream story," said Bernie Yuman, a long-time family friend and business associate.
Yuman will helm the executive producer duties of the still-untitled Broadway show, which many consider 17 years in the making.
Over the years, Gloria had such hits as "Conga," "Rhythm is Going To Get You" and "1, 2, 3." She also recorded the Oscar-nominated song "Music Of My Heart."
Meanwhile, Emilio has earned a reputation as a powerhouse music, TV and film producer and has helped direct the careers of Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada.
"Gloria sold over 100 million albums and won seven Grammys and Emilio's won 19 Grammys and been nominated 30 times, so they've been busy," said Yuman.
The schedule for planning, creating, and developing a musical that depicts their lives together will keep the Estefans busy for the next two years. The goal is to translate their body of work into a stage production that will inspire future generations that anything is possible.
"We're going through such a tough time in the United States that people need good stories, they need the American Dream," said Emilio. "Realize we live in the best country in the whole world, and you know something? If we did it, they can do it, too. I think this play will send that message in a big way."
The husband, father and grandfather said he will be in charge of scoring the entire musical portion of the show. In the meantime, his wife Gloria is busy working on her next album, which is anticipated to be released in September. Gloria also wrote a book about their lives that will be released when the play comes to life.
Estefan admitted the success they’ve enjoyed has happened because there is only one person in charge.
"I enjoy always working with Gloria and we get along because I always tell her, 'Yes, yes, yes, everything is okay.' That's why we have been married over 35 years,” he said.