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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The rhythm is gonna get you this weekend as the musical about the rise of South Florida superstar Gloria Estefan officially opens in her hometown of Miami.

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On Your Feet!: The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical will run Oct. 5-15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Cuban-American Broadway actor Christie Prades plays seven-time GRAMMY winner Gloria Estefan. Her husband Emilio, who has won 19 GRAMMYs, is portrayed by stage and television actor Mauricio Martinez.

CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo caught up with Gloria the night before Miami’s big premiere and she said she definitely has goosebumps.

“I’m so excited to have the audiences in South Florida hear the references to Miami because I could always tell when there was a Miamian in the crowd in New York. They would pick up at points when other people were oblivious so I’m thrilled. I can’t wait for Miami to see this,” said Gloria.

On Your Feet! is the new Broadway musical that follows the Estefans’ journey to superstardom, set to chart-topping, smash hits, including “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”, “Conga”, “1-2-3”, “Get On Your Feet”, “Mi Tierra”, “Don’t Want To Lose You Now”, and “Reach,” in addition to an original song written by Gloria and her daughter Emily.

Gloria said it’s also a love story.

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“It’s a love story all the way around. It’s Emilio and my love story,” she explained. “I think it’s a story of love between us, of our countries, our native Cuba and the U.S that opened its arms to us. It’s the American dream story, a love story of music, so it’s all about love. That’s what we hope people will take away when they leave the theatre.”

It’s also a tribute now to her mother who passed away in June and never saw the Broadway play.

“But I feel her, I think she now, she will be in that audience and see how her life has come to life on Broadway and now on tour,” Gloria explained. “She’s the Diva of the family so she has a rightful place of having her life portrayed in such a magnifcent way and I know she will be pleased.”

Two years ago Gloria and Emilio received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in December, she’ll be a Kennedy Center honoree.

Tickets to On Your Feet! are available through the Arsht Center Box Office in person at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at

Showtimes are 8:00 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays and 7:00 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2:00 p.m. Saturdays and 1:00 p.m. Sundays. Tickets costs $29 – $200.

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The engagement runs through October 15 and then will travel to 60 additional cities across the country including Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Denver.

Lisa Petrillo