February 06, 2013 09:00 AM by Donna W. Martin
Former American Idolmentor, Gloria Estefan and husband, Emilio have their eye on Broadway. The couple has teamed with the Nederlander Organization to produce a stage musical based on their lives. Keep reading for more information.
According to the Associated Press, even though the show is still in the infant stage, the couple is looking forward to the new project. “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. 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,” Emilio and Gloria said.
“Sharing our life story through music will give us a new opportunity to honor our roots and, hopefully, to be able to inspire generations to come,” the couple continued.
Nederlander’s President, Jimmy Nederlander shares their excitement. “The Estefans’ journey of success, led by raw talent and passion, is captivating as it drove them from relative obscurity to global sensations,” he said.
Emilio and Gloria were both born in Cuba. Gloria fled Cuba with her family when she was a toddler. When Emilio was 14-years-old, he fled Cuba to Spain and then later Miami. He went to night school and worked during the day and was determined to bring his mother and brother to America, which he did.
He borrowed money from his uncle and formed a band that played Cuban music at local fiestas. His life changed when the band added a new lead singer named Gloria. After working together for a year and secretly crushing on each other, Emilio and Gloria fell in love and the rest is history. The couple has had a 30-year professional and personal partnership and have two children.
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