On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan, Atlantis Theatrical’s third production for its 2020 season, has found its lead!
Gab Pangilinan, who is set to play featured roles in REP’s Anna in the Tropics and in ABS-CBN’s Tabing Ilog the Musical, will be playing Gloria Estefan. Pangilinan was last seen as Young Joy in Ang Huling El Bimbo. Her other featured roles include playing the lead singer of The Shirelles and Marilyn Wald in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Roxane in Mula sa Buwan, and Daisy Hilton in Side Show.
7-time Grammy Award winner Gloria Estefan herself approved the casting of Pangilinan after watching her audition videos, which were sent to her by On Your Feet! director Bobby Garcia.
“Being cast as the one and only Gloria Estefan is beyond anything I’ve ever imagined,” says Pangilinan. “She has made impossible things possible in her life worth many lifetimes and her incredible life story has touched the lives of so many young dreamers, including mine. What a huge blessing it is to be given the opportunity to portray Gloria, a truly iconic woman of hope and strength. It will be a challenge but one that I welcome with open arms. I am so grateful. I can’t wait to start working on this. And also, I can’t wait to put my dancing shoes on!”
Garcia says, “From the moment she stepped in to audition, it was clear that Gab was the front runner for Gloria. Her preparation, focus, grasp of the material and of Gloria and the Miami Sound Machine’s music and style were evident throughout the audition process. Gloria viewed the audition videos and immediately loved Gab. We are thrilled that one of Philippine musical theatre’s brightest young stars will be taking on the role of this remarkable and inspiring woman who has rocked the music industry for four decades. If there is anyone who can get a Manila audience to Conga other than Gloria herself, it’s Gab.”
On Your Feet! is the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, two people who believed in their talent, their music and each other, and became an international sensation. Featuring the songs Rhythm is Gonna Get YOu, 1-2-3, Live for Loving You, Conga, and more, the musical is a portrait of a legendary artist that reveals fierce determination and visionary creativity matched with the exhilarating energy of the Miami Sound Machine.
With music and lyrics by Emilio and Gloria Estefan and a book by Alexander Dinelaris, On Your Feet! is presented through a special licensing agreement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Emilio and Gloria Estefan.
The musical will run from November 13 to December 6, 2020 at the Circuit Performing Arts Theater. For show buying and group packages, contact Atlantis Theatrical at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be preceded by the company’s stagings of The Band’s Visit in March and Oliver! in June.