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Saturday 30 August 2014

Musical planned around Estefans

FILE - The Nov. 18, 2012 file photo shows singer Gloria Estefan, left, and Emilio Estefan, Jr. at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio Estefan are hoping to develop a stage musical about their lives. The duo on Tuesday announced that they've also teamed up with the Nederlander Organization to try to take the show to Broadway. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, file)

Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio are hoping the rhythm is going to lead to Broadway.

The duo have announced that they've teamed up with the Nederlander Organisation to try to create a musical based on their lives and take it to the Great White Way.

"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," Gloria and Emilio Estefan said in a statement.

The Nederlander Organisation will be producing the new show in partnership with Bernie Yuman, who produced and managed Siegfried And Roy's show in Las Vegas. The show is still in its embryonic form and has no writer, director or creative team yet.

The Estefans were both born in Cuba and together became musical luminaries in Spanish and English, winning Grammy Awards and fans across the world with crossover hits like The Rhythm Is Going To Get You, Conga and Words Get In The Way, in addition to helping the careers of other artists including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada.

Their lives certainly are the stuff of drama. At age 14, Emilio Estefan fled Fidel Castro's Cuba to Spain and later Miami. He persuaded an uncle to lend him money for an accordion and formed a band, playing traditional Cuban tunes at local fiestas.

Soon, the group added a shy but charismatic singer named Gloria who would steal the heart of Estefan and audiences worldwide as part of the Miami Sound Machine. The couple would go on to have two children and a more than 30-year professional and personal partnership.

The couple launched the Bongos Cuban Cafe chain and are part owners of the Miami Dolphins. Frustrated with the limited attention given to Latin music at the Grammys, they pushed for a separate show dedicated to the broad breadth of Spanish and Portuguese music with the Latin Grammys.

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