Nancy Ticotin plays Gloria Estefan’s mom in ‘On Your Feet’ at PPAC


Nancy Ticotin can’t wait to get to Providence to perform in the Emilio and Gloria Estefan musical “On Your Feet” at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

“My daughter is a sophomore at Johnson & Wales University, majoring in baking and pastry,” Nancy said. “I’ll be able to spend some time with her.”

Nancy’s daughter is living in Edgewood and plans to bring a big crowd to the show, which will be at PPAC January 30 through February 4.

Nancy plays the role of Gloria Estefan’s mother.

“I’m sort of the antagonist,” she told me. “I’m a little jealous of her success.”

Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America from Cuba. They became crossover stars in the pop music field. Just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.

“On Your Feet” tells the true story of the record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.

Gloria was recently honored at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.

“On Your Feet” is currently playing at the Kennedy Center for a three-week run before coming to Rhode Island. The show then goes on to Rochester, N.Y, East Lansing, Michigan and then Texas.

Ticotin brings her singing, dancing and acting talent from her early upbringing in the Bronx, where she was an accomplished dancer in both flamenco and ballet and at the age of 13 became a company member. She spent two and a half years in Paris perfecting her talents. She starred in “West Side Story” in Italy and France and made her Broadway debut at the age of 16.

Ticotin has gone on to perform in the Ballet Hispanico and the New York City Ballet and says she loves her role as Gloria Estefan’s mother in “On Your Feet.”

Tickets are available at 421-ARTS.


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