Music and dance have always been at the center of my life, the core of who I am. While I don’t play an instrument, or can’t carry a tune to save my life, I was a dancer for most of my childhood and teenage years, and both music and dance continue to play a very important role in my life – they make me feel alive.
Since I was a little girl, I can remember dancing and singing along to the rhythm and beats of Gloria Estefan’s music. Whether an upbeat dance song like “1-2-3” or a beautiful ballad like “Don’t want to lose you”, she’s always delivered music that speaks to me. So, when I learned about a musical sharing the story of her life and career, I couldn’t wait to see it. But with so many things to see and do, and not enough funds to fulfill the list, it became one of the many of my “to do” items.
It wasn’t long before I learned about BroadwayForBrokePeople. This genius website combines a list of all currently playing Broadway attractions and even supplies the link to those with digital lotteries – Score! So, now that I could afford it (each show has it’s own lottery fare), I’ve been entering my name for several performances over the course of the last few weeks.
Finally, this Friday, I entered yet again, and within a couple of hours, I received the email I had been waiting for – “Congratulations, you have been selected as a winner of the Official Digital Lottery” – Yes!
Within minutes, I was reserving my ticket to see On Your Feet for that night’s show at 8:00 PM, for only $40! What a bargain! The Broadway musical, debuted earlier this year, to rave reviews. With more than 100 million records and sold out stadiums around the world, Gloria and Emilio are international superstars. But the story is more than this, it is a testament to their love, their talent, and the Cuban community in Miami.
Between the costumes and set design, the cultural references, and the song and dance, this work of art is a true depiction of two Cuban immigrants who overcame the odds and defined the “American Dream”.
Thank you Broadway For Broke People, for allowing me to tap into your pool of resources. Now, on to trying to snag those lottery tickets for Hamilton!