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Perez Reviews: On Your Feet

Perez is a diehard and lifelong Gloria Estefan fan! So the bar was set high for the new Broadway musical, On Your Feet, based on her life and that of her husband, Emilio.

This show not only met our expectations - it exceeded them!

On Your Feet will please the casual Gloria fan and also satisfy her most ardent admirers.

The show was masterfully crafted by Oscar-winning stage and screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris. His script weaves us between Miami and Cuba from the 70s, 60s, 80s and early 90s.

And the story that is told on the stage of the Marquis Theater could not be any more timely!

Yes, of course, the show touches on Gloria's nearly fatal bus accident. But that doesn't even happen until Act 2!

Instead, On Your Feet is a love story and an immigrant tale. It is inspiring and revealing!

There was a lot we did not know before, which shocked us! Notably: it was a surprise to learn that Gloria become estranged from her mother for two years at the height of her success, and that her sister "got in with the wrong crowd" around the same time too.

For a Cuban family to reveal those two things to the public - that's major!

And that's the kind of investment Gloria and Emilio made in this show! They are telling their story and telling its as authentically as possible!

Jerry Mitchell does a great job of adding great production value and making this show fit on Broadway.

And Ana Villafane was destined to play the role of Gloria! She is channeling her fellow Cubana up on that stage!!!

Gloria and Emilio did the orchestrations for Get On Your Feet and the music really shines in this show! It may surprise you how many ballads and midtempo songs are featured - we cried our eyes out - but the show ends with a bang, concert-style. Literally! There's a nearly 6 minute encore medley of uptempo hits to send you off on your way and raving to all your friends about how good On Your Feet is!

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Cyndi Lauper Puts On Her Kinky Boots!

We may have to wait till 2013 to enjoy Cyndi Lauper's cherry-red Kinky Boots in FULL on Broadway…

But we have the musical equivalent to one heel-slice in the form of this SUPER clubby, dance-your-face off track appropriately titled The Sex Is In The Heel.

We are stomping our crimson heels in agitated anticipation for this colorful, heartfelt (if it's anything like the movie) show!

Slide on YOUR sparkly, candy boots and shake your ass to Cyndi (above)!

How could a musical directed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell and composed by Cyndi Lauper be anything BUT a spankin', glorious experience?!

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Epic News! Harvey Fierstein And Marissa Jaret Winokur Are Reprising Their Roles In Hairspray For Hollywood Bowl Production!


Oh man! This is going to be absolutely fantastic!

Tony winners Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur will reportedly be reprising their original Broadway company roles as Edna and Tracy Turnblad in the upcoming Hollywood Bowl summer production of Hairspray, which will be directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell!

Meanwhile, Drew Carey will take on the role of Wilbur Turnblad, Nick Jonas will be playing Link Larkin, John Stamos is Corny Collins, and Corbin Blue will play Seaweed! Diana DaGarmo, Mo Gaffney, Darlene Love, and Tara Macri also star in the production, which will run from August 5th-7th!

This really is so, SO exciting!

We wonder who will fill out the rest of the cast!

Not that it matters! We can't wait to see this just as is!

What do U think?? Will U go see the Hollywood Bowl's Hairspray?

[Image via WENN.]

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