Interview: Gloria Estefan - My perfect day
The Cuban-born singer found fame with her band Miami Sound Machine, selling more than 100 million records. She married bandmate Emilio Estefan and the story of their romance is told in the hit new musical, On Your Feet! Check out Gloria in our video.
Which is your favourite building?
London has unique-looking buildings – I love the historical elements. The British Museum is a whole building within a building. I also love the Royal Academy of Arts – I like looking at everything. It’s fascinating.
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Where do you like to shop?
I must miss a gene, as I don’t like shopping, though I do love Carnaby Street. I like antique book stores. You can’t find them in Miami. Those things pique my interest.
Where do you like to drink?
We were in The Three Greyhounds on Greek Street the other day. We like Salsa! in the West End, too – it has Latin music and great drinks.
Where do you like to eat?
I have a lot of favourites, such as Novikov and Sexy Fish. Nobu is a staple, too. As for British food, I adore Dean Street Townhouse. We’ve also been to many Indian places.
Share a place that has a special memory.
The Tower of London – my son loves it. I would take him to kid-friendly places, but he likes the dark side of things! The London Dungeon has lots of family memories, too.
Tell us your favourite Londoner.
Right now, it’s Sam Smith. I met him in Miami at a Madonna concert. He did this homage to Conga in a red skirt on Instagram. When my daughter graduated from Berklee College of Music, she played Stay with Me – he’s a family favourite.
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What sort of entertainment do you like?
I’ve seen a lot of theatre in London. I saw the original Evita here. I watched Patti LuPone in Company, which was phenomenal – I loved the twist they did where they switched the gender. I also saw Come from Away, then gave the cast an Olivier Award the next night.
Tell us about On Your Feet!
It is a personal story about how I met my husband. It is a love story to our country of birth, Cuba, and the country that opened its arms to us, the United States.
Which is your favourite number?
Conga. It’s this explosion that closes the first half. It will pull you out of your seat, literally, as the dancers will pull you out of your chair.
How do you like to travel?
Taxis are luxurious, and I love the top of double-decker buses.
Which hotels do you love?
We’ve stayed at The May Fair Hotel for the past 35 years. It’s like coming home and going back to family. The concierges remember my son from when he was a little boy: he threw a coin out of the window and chipped a Rolls-Royce – we had to pay for it!
What makes London special?
Its history, architecture and royal family. I love the sense of humour. The UK was one of the first places Dr Beat went to number one, so I have fond memories of firsts here. I’ve met the Queen, Charles, Diana and their boys.
(Photos courtesy of Barbara Fernandez, Soho House, iStock)
On Your Feet! is now open and currently booking to 31 Aug 2019
London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ES
T: 020-7845 9300 | www.londoncoliseum.org
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