Get On Your Feet for ‘On Your Feet!’

There is so much to appreciate about singer Gloria Estefan. Her sultry voice and the instantly recognizable rhythms of her band Miami Sound Machine. The ruffle and rhinestones of her glorious costumes. Her life’s story where a hardworking immigrant becomes a superstar success. And you can share in it all in the all-new, exhilarating, Tony-nominated musical On Your Feet! coming to The Lincoln Center February 16–18.

“I love the rhythms, the instruments, the sound,” says Gaby Albo, who will be starring as Gloria herself in On Your Feet! “They immediately get me moving. Some of them on the outside and some of them on the inside.” Filled with hits like “Conga”, “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”, “Don’t Wanna Lose You” and of course, the eponymous “On Your Feet”, it’s not hard to see why.

While the music will get the audience moving, Albo says that it’s the story that’s really the heart of the show. The inspiring true story chronicles Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s life. There is a humanity to it because Gloria and Emilio aren’t caricatures of the rich and famous. “Seeing them as regular people with their own struggles makes people resonate with them,” says Albo. “A very important part of the show is when Gloria has an accident and almost gets paralyzed for life. And people didn’t even know she went through that.”

But there is an even more personal connection for Albo. “They opened the doors for so many other Latino artists that are huge nowadays,” she says. Emilio is credited for much of the Latin crossover boom of the late 90s, utilizing artists that he himself brought to the forefront of the US music stage, including Gloria, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Marc Anthony. “The story, for me, is very moving. For me, it is a show about compassion, dreams, representation, and believing in oneself. Everyone, no matter where you are from, can relate to it.”

Not only is the story profound and the music iconic, On Your Feet! is also lauded as a powerhouse dance musical. On Broadway, it was Tony-nominated for its energetic and vivacious choreography, and the new tour takes it to a new level. “Our director and choreographer is Luis Salgado. So, we have a different take on the show and that is why people that have seen it already can’t miss the chance of watching this version. It has more choreography, and it has a very spiritual and proud take on every number. But the world tour will always get the audience on their feet. Always!”

To Albo, On Your Feet! is more than a story full of incredible dance. “Whoever thinks that they will just go there to dance is wrong. They will leave the theatre deeply touched,” says Albo. “The audience will navigate all of the existing emotions.”

Take a journey with Gloria and Emilio Estefan as they persevere through trying odds while reveling in the rhythm of their music. Turn the beat around and get on your feet for On Your Feet! February 16–18 at The Lincoln Center in Fort Collins. Tickets start at $20 and are available online at LCtix.com or through The Lincoln Center Box Office.

The Lincoln Center’s Fill the Box Toy Drive to Benefit Toys for Tots

This holiday season, The Lincoln Center is thrilled to bring together two Christmas institutions—Mannheim Steamroller Christmas and Toys for Tots. Benefitting Marine Toys for Tots, The Lincoln Center’s Fill the Box toy drive will take place December 7–20 in conjunction with Mannheim Steamroller Christmas playing The Lincoln Center on December 20.

“The Lincoln Center is first and foremost a community center,” says Jack Rogers, Director of The Lincoln Center. “We strengthen our community bond every holiday season by partnering with different local organizations and coming together as a community to give them the support they need. This year, we are proud to be working with Toys for Tots who have been instrumental in making so many Northern Colorado children’s holidays a little brighter.”

Since 1947, The Marine Corps and Toys for Tots have been making a difference in the lives of families. Last year, to bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to less fortunate children through the gift of a new toy, the Larimer County Toys for Tots distributed 18,714 toys and supported 6,195 children.

“We are so excited to partner with The Lincoln Center this year,” says Marine Corps Sergeant and Larimer County Toys for Tots Coordinator Deborah Simer. “The Marine Corps Reserve’s mission is that no child goes without a new toy to love on Christmas morning, and the need continues to rise as the aftereffects of the pandemic continue. We know with your help we will have another amazing season.”

Everyone is welcome to make donations of new, unwrapped toys during the Fill the Box toy drive happening now through December 20. Tickets to performances are not required for donation drop-off. Toy drive items can be dropped off at The Lincoln Center located at 417 W. Magnolia Street in Fort Collins during Lincoln Center business hours which vary but include Tue-Sat, noon-6 p.m. and one hour prior to or during performances. Toys for Tots prefers not to accept realistic-looking weapons and gifts with food. If donated, such items will NOT be distributed.

The Cozy Comedy of Joe Pera

Joe Pera’s comedic approach is like dashing out of a heavy rainstorm and into a warm, comforting home. Picture a young-looking old man dressed in a cozy oversized sweater with a collared shirt and khakis and you’ve got Joe Pera. His soft soothing voice and subdued manner complete his warm grandfather-like persona which he’ll bring to the stage to kick off his new tour on January 12 at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center.

Pera is known for comedic delivery that is both charming and comforting without feeling forced. His mild-mannered comedic style is a breath of fresh air when compared to the mocking and dark humor of other comedians. “I’m not a real fast wit, so I knew I had to write really good jokes. I learned over time that I wanted to take stand-up at my own pace—I guess maybe it was sort of a reaction to a lot of pretty loud and fast comedy at the time, in-your-face stuff,” Pera says to the LA Times, “I like quiet a lot, so I just took my time, which required attention to making sure that jokes were really good.”

Pera’s comedy stylings seem out of place in a world of zippy one-liners, long self-deprecating stories, and pointed barbs at one side of the political spectrum or the other. “There’s a patience, and unhurriedness to Pera,” says The Ringer. “He wants to talk about what he loves, what makes him happy and calm and grateful.”

Is his humor a bit gentle and dry? Yes, but that’s the beauty of his comedic talents. Joe Pera is making his name in comedy by bringing in his own earnest manner. His unique disposition in the comedy world made him a stand-out hit on Cartoon Network. Adult Swim’s often vulgar and provocative comedy was challenged by Pera with the creation of Joe Pera Talks with You, a show that’s both wholesome and hysterical. From a fifteen-minute walk-and-talk about the value of breakfast to the mind-blowing energy of discovering The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” for the first time, Pera’s quirky take on Americana is as heart-warming as it is funny.

The show was a surprising hit. Stephen Colbert described it as “one of the funniest and most beautiful things” he has seen in a long time. TV show critics alike raved about Joe Pera Talks with You. The New York Times wrote, “Pera reveals himself to be a fragile yet towering philosopher of the everyday,” and NPR called it “lovable and ridiculous.”

Joe Pera will be kicking off his brand new tour, Comedy in Ice, at The Lincoln Center on January 12, 2023. Be one of the first to experience Pera’s new stand-up act, it just might be the perfect balm for the post-holiday chaos. Tickets are only $35 and are available at LCtix.com.

Holiday Happenings

‘Tis the Season for celebrating winter festivities at The Lincoln Center. This holiday season, you won’t want to miss these upcoming shows from the various presenters that call The Lincoln Center home!

Nutcracker with a Twist, Clara in the Land of Fairy Tales | Mountain Dance
Dec 9–Dec 11

The Nutcracker | Canyon Center Ballet
Dec 9–Dec 11

Rocky Mountain High School Holiday Stocking | Rocky Mountain High School
Dec 12

Dreams in December | Dance Express
Dec 13–Dec 14

Clara and the Nutcracker | Contemporary Dance Academy
Dec 16–Dec 17

Return of the Light | Front Range Classical Ballet Academy
Dec 17–Dec 18

Kickin’ It With My Gnomies | Just for Kix
Dec 18

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas | LC LIVE
Dec 20 // SOLD OUT