…well, sort of!
Today, Estefan Enterprises and the Nederlander Organization announced they have begun to develop and produce a new Broadway show, inspired by the music made famous by International superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband musician/producer and entrepreneur Emilio Estefan.
The musical will be set in a way that tells the Estefans’ riveting life story detailing their journey all the way from Cuba to superstardom. Additional elements will be announced and worked through with a creative team that will be assigned at a later date.
With seven Grammy Awards and over 100 million albums sold worldwide, Gloria Estefan is the most successful crossover performer in the history of Latin music. No lie!
Don’t tell me you don’t know her hits — “Conga,” The Rhythm is Going To Get You” and “1, 2, 3″ among others. GLORIA is a celebratory favorite around the G-L-O-B-E!
She was won and been honored with practically a bajillion awards over the course of her career — including the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, MTV Music Video Awards, BMI Songwriter of the Year, and more and more and more. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has received multiple Billboard Awards for her many chart-topping hits.
Her hubby, Emilio Estefan, is a world-renowned music, television and film producer who has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his superstar wife, as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada. With a resume that includes over 30 Grammy nominations and 19 Grammy Awards, Estefan has experimented and pushed the envelope of blending Latin, pop and world rhythms creating a unique style and personality that has created chart-topping worldwide hits.
“We are very excited to partner with the Nederlander Organization and Bernie Yuman to, after almost a decade of planning and developing, bring our music and life story to Broadway,” said Gloria and Emilio Estefan. “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. Our cultural roots, our life-defining challenges and the rewards that come with believing in yourself and striving for that which you believe in wholeheartedly, will be the foundation for this theatrical production. Sharing our life story through music will give us a new opportunity to honor our roots and, hopefully, to be able to inspire generations to come.”
Are you excited about this news? Will you be buying tickets to see Gloria Estefan & Emilio Estefan’s life story unfold on Broadway?
How do you get stars like Glee’s Lea Michele, Terrence Howard, Donnie Wahlberg, Nick Lachey (and wife Vanessa Minnillo) and more to the middle of Connecticut for a weekend?
Well, if you’re Mohegan Sun and you’re celebrating your 15th Anniversary, you invite the “creme de la creme” of celebs, media and even celeb chefs Bobby Flay and Todd English to experience a one-of-a-kid set by Jennifer “J. Lo” Lopez – performing in a skin tight head-to-toe Swarovski crystallized onesie!
The “American Idol” judge took the stage by storm performing many (or most) of her greatest hits with high energy. At one point though, J.Lo got a little choked up before paying homage to her lost loves (Diddy, Ben Affleck and finally and most recently Marc Anthony).
“You want to talk about love? I can talk about love. Oh, the stories!” she said during a heartfelt speech to the audience before breaking out with her hit “If You Had My Love.” Afterwards she said, “That’s the first song I wrote about love. And this is the last song I wrote about love. A lot has happened since then!”
Later in the night, stars like Kelly Bensimon. Jaime Pressly, Tinsley Mortimer (and boyfriend Brian Mazza) and Jesse Metcalfe partied the night away at the official after party deejayed by DJ Kiss.
Check out HOT SHOTS from the star-studded weekend — after the jump!
In a form-fitting fuchsia Temperly London dress and nude Christian Louboutin peeptoe pumps, American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez turned heads on the red carpet at the annual Samsung Hope for Children gala in NYC.
The star-studded event at NYC’s Cipriani Wall Street was attended by a President (Bill Clinton), a few Hollywood heavyweights (Chris Noth and Demi Moore) a few singers (John Legend and Jason Mraz) and a teen hearthrob (Kevin Jonas), current and former sports stars (Mark Sanchez, Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Eli Manning and Travis Beckhum), TV hosts (The View’s Sherri Shepherd and Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi), reality stars (Caroline Manzo and family), models (Selita Ebanks and Whitney Thompson), and many many more!
…all to support one cause: children.
Samsung Hope for Children works directly with celebrities, athletes and business partners in order to help raise awareness of the company’s charitable giving initiatives. These partnerships have enabled Samsung and their business partners to raise over $25 million for over 300 schools, non-profits and charities throughout the United States. Samsung Hope for Children focuses on organizations which are dedicated to helping children enjoy life, learn and appreciate the environment.
Funds raised from the event went directly to the charities supported by the Samsung Hope for Children fund including Bill Clinton’s “The William J. Clinton Foundation” and Jennifer Lopez’s “The Maribel Foundation.”
During the event, Caroline Manzo tweeted: “Watching @Johnlegend perform @samsungs hope 4 children gala. Inspiring night.” Victoria’s Secret supermodel Selita Ebanks (who was sporting a new cropped – and platinum ‘do) tweeted: “I just fell in luv w/ Jason Mraz! thr R 27 million slaves in the world. Most r children! Please visit www.freetheslaves.net. #hope4children.” After the event, Kevin Jonas tweeted: “Had a great night at the samsung event tonight with @daniellejonas good times for a great cause!”
Check out more HOT SHOTS from the A-list charity event, check out our gallery below:
To learn more about Samsung Hope for Children, please visit samsungusa.com
The most Golden Globes of all. Well, I’m allowed to say that because it was my first. This experience alone could be a chapter in my documentary. Oh, where to begin?
On the morning of, I woke up from my suite at The Sofitel in Beverly Hills at 8:00 AM (thanks to a lovely wake-up call), excited (that’s an understatement) to pick-up my credentials for The Golden Globe Awards. [Huge thanks to Michael S. at SSA!]
A 10-minute taxi ride later, I arrived to The Beverly Hilton to what looked like an official FBI zone, with suited security personnel donning jet-black glasses, cautiously manning every corner of the building and the surrounding streets. “Hi. Good morning. Where do I check in?” I asked. They briskly showed me towards the media credentialing room, where I had my picture taken and was given my special laminated credential.
I felt like a million bucks.
Upon leaving, my friend and I decided to take a morning stroll to Rodeo Drive to “window shop.” Really, it was my idea and a selfish excuse to revel in my own personal euphoria with no distractions. Here I was in the moment, a kid from Georgia with huge dreams…and the next, checking in at The Golden Globes. Totally surreal. The following 15 minutes I spent staring at my credential, only glancing up periodically to make sure I didn’t run into pole or anything.
Fast forward. Our so-called-”stroll” ended up lasting the rest of the morning and early afternoon, as we took an “adventure” around Los Angeles.
We must have walked 10 or 15 miles.
The weather was gorgeous and we didn’t have a plan so walking seemed like a fun idea. My friend and I kept looking at each other and said, “this is our exercise for the week.”
Well, no one. And I mean no one (other than, say, homeless people) walk the streets of Los Angeles, apparently.
How was I to know? I’m a New Yorker. We walk! And how was I to know that when you put your arm out to hail a taxi, they don’t do that in L.A.? (I’m aware of how silly I was for thinking L.A. was the West Coast New York. It is so very different.)
Approaching our, say, 15th mile, we started to get tired, so we made a “pit stop” at Starbucks for a cold bev, at which point my friend turns to me and exclaims, “I can’t believe you’re going to the Golden Globes! I’m so excited for you!!!”
This is when my world shattered…
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