I’ve always loved musicals. Just about anything that had singing and dancing I loved. My mom has videos of me dancing around the house in my tutus worn over Bear in the Big Blue House pajama pants, or
screaming singing at the top of my lungs to The Wiggles ‘Hot Potato.’ But the love I had for musicals was different then, more just a general love, like I loved my princess car or going out for ice cream. Ten years ago that love changed into something else, all due to one musical. Wicked.
I was nine when I started wondering about Wicked. One of my best friends had gone to see it. She had come to school in her new Wicked tee telling me all about it. I was intrigued. I went to her house practically every day after school at this point, and she played the soundtrack for me explaining the plot and what her favorite songs were. I can still remember us from then. Her plugging in a CD player into the wall of her front lawn. Us singing “Popular” over and over until we knew all words and dancing around the lawn creating choreography. I remember telling my mom about how great the show sounded and that I wanted to see it. Mostly because my friend had seen it and now obviously I wanted to. I didn’t want to feel left out. Continue reading
For my birthday in April, my Tió got me tickets to the musical On Your Feet. After three months of waiting, this past weekend I got to go see it. On Your Feet is the story of Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio and their lives from leaving Cuba to becoming stars. I wanted to see this musical because I grew up listening to Gloria and the Miami Sound Machine. She is my mom’s favorite singer and her CDs are constantly being played around my house. Seeing the production just made me want to see Gloria live all that much more.
"Wrapped in your arms where it's peaceful. Back in your arms where I'm happy"
I loved the costuming that was done and I found myself wishing I could take them home. They did a great job of recreating the outfits Gloria has worn throughout her career. One of my favorite things from this production was the way they choreographed and blocked the scenes. The scene of Gloria’s surgery was probably my favorite part of the whole show. The costuming of everyone wearing white and the lighting choices with everything being cloaked in a dark blue while the spotlights followed Gloria was mesmerizing.
Though I may be a bit biased considering that scene also included my favorite song “Wrapped.” It was a beautiful scene and I would be lying if I said I did not shed a tear. (At this part and many others.)
Gloria’s abuela was one of my favorite characters. She was comical and extremely sentimental at the same time. I wish she was in even more of the show.
Overall, this show was enjoyable to watch from the music to the dancing and everything in between, and I would definitely recommend it.
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What’s your favorite Gloria Estefan song?