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Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet! heads to Broadway

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Image caption Gloria Estefan's hits include Anything For You, 1-2-3 and Get On Your Feet

A musical based on the lives of Grammy Award-winning singer Gloria Estefan and her producer husband Emilio is heading to Broadway next autumn.

On Your Feet! will premiere in Chicago next summer before moving to New York.

The creative team includes director Jerry Mitchell, who was behind Kinky Boots, and playwright Alexander Dinelaris, who worked on The Bodyguard.

Estefan has sold more than 100 million records and the show takes its name from her hit single Get On Your Feet.

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Image caption Gloria and Emilio Estefan have been together since 1976

The couple were both born in Cuba before emigrating to Miami. Gloria Estefan began her career with Miami Sound Machine, which was fronted by Emilio.

She went on to become the most successful Latin crossover performer, winning seven Grammy Awards.

Her other hits include Rhythm is Gonna Get You, Anything For You, 1-2-3 and Don't Wanna Lose You. The musical will feature a selection of those favourites, plus new material written by the pair.

As well as guiding his wife's music career, Emilio has worked with a host of Latin stars including Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Shakira.

Sergio Trujillo, who has worked on FlashDance, Memphis and Jersey Boys, will choreograph the musical, which is produced by the Nederlander Organization, which owns nine Broadway theatres.

The musical is the latest in a long line of shows to be based on pop stars and their songs. Most recently, Carole King bio-musical Beautiful earned seven Tony Award nominations.

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