Meet the Young Stars Playing Emilio and Gloria Estefan in New Broadway Musical

by Denny Directo 4:14 PM PDT, April 15, 2015
Playing Meet the Young Stars Playing Emilio and Gloria Estefan in New Broadway Musical

Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is considered one of the most successful crossover performers in Latin music to date.

Her personal life is as impressive and timeless as her music career. She’s been married to husband Emilio Estefan for 36 years and together they have collected 26 GRAMMY Awards. Their life together is jam-packed with incredible stories, of both trials and tribulations and most importantly, music.

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ET's Nischelle Turner caught up with the longtime husband and wife as tickets went on sale for On Your Feet, the new stage musical chronicling their life together and how Gloria got on her feet following the tragic tour bus accident that nearly ended her life in 1990.

Gloria recounted the scary incident and explained that it was the "power of prayer" that got her through the dark time. "I felt like I was plugged into the wall," the 57-year-old singer said. "I could feel people's energy from all religions and people praying on their knees in the hospital for two weeks-- they wouldn't move and I felt that. I used it."

Still, she credits her great doctors and the hard work she put in rehabilitation as important to her recovery. "I wanted to show people that you really have to put the effort in," she said. "You can't just sit and pray and hope, you have to do that and you also have to put in the work."

It's Gloria's accident and recovery which bookends the musical. "This is an opportunity for me to show people that you can get up again," Gloria added. "That's why we called it On Your Feet because we consistently got back up on our feet."

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ET was with the singer and her husband during casting. The couple saw more than 3,000 performers before finding the perfect Gloria and Emilio.

"They had to be bilingual, be able to legitimately sing pop music and the really authentic Cuban rhythms," Gloria said of the high energy roles.

Playing Emilio is Josh Segarra and making her Broadway debut as Gloria is Miami native Ana Villafane. Not only did Ana idolize Gloria growing up, but the two also went to the same Miami high school.

"I had never heard of a project that I wanted so badly just the opportunity to go in for," Villafane told ET. "I felt a connect to it instantly."

On Your Feet begins previews on Oct. 5. You can grab your tickets here.

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