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Born in Miami, Florida, from Cuban parents, Christie Prades grew up attending and graduating from Southwest Senior High School in 2009. Heavily involved in the arts and athletics, Christie performed in countless school functions and productions, from annual dance shows to singing contests, to seasonal sporting events. Christie was also a part of Southwest’s Student Council and helped organize all school events. It was clear this multi-talented, triple-threat did it all. Graduating from the Honors College in Miami Dade (the same college Emilio Estefan graduated from), she earned her degree in Mass Communications, but always had her heart set on all spectrums of the arts.
She began interning at a prestigious recording studio in Miami, under the eye of producer Adrian Santalla. The bilingual vocalist began co-writing songs and creating background vocals for multiple artists who came to record. Christie has booked multiple national commercials, as well as roles appearing on breakthrough shows including Orange is the New Black.
Prior to that, she began her theatre career as the role of Vanessa in the Miami production of the Tony-award winning show In the Heights. The Miami native decided to take her talents to the Big Apple where she worked in other regional productions including re-starring in In the Heights (American Stage Theatre) as well as West Side Story (Actors Playhouse). Not long after, Christie began working in the Broadway production of On Your Feet! as the first cover for the role of Gloria Estefan, as well as a Swing, covering 7 different roles. Since the beginning of her time on Broadway, Christie has performed in multiple promotional events for the show, one event being in her hometown of Miami where she was asked by Gloria Estefan herself, if she would lead the tour.
On Your Feet On Your Feet is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom and features some of the most iconic pops songs of the era, including ‘Rhythm is Gonna Get You’, ‘Conga’, ‘Get On Your Feet’, ‘Don’t Want To Lose You ...
The Stage today (8 August 2019) announces the shortlist for The Stage Debut Awards 2019. The awards, now in their third year and presented in association with Access Entertainment, celebrate the best breakthrough talent in theatre, from actors and directors to designers, writers, composers and lyricists, all of whom have made their professional debuts in the past year. Who are the musical contenders?
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the UK premiere of On Your Feet! – The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan – at the London Coliseum and what a night #StageFaves’ awesome vlogger had! After chatting to music legend Gloria Estefan herself on the Red Carpet before the show (as well as Beverley Knight and Christina Bennington) Perry also caught up with the show’s leading players Christie Prades and George Ioannides. Was Perry doing the conga all the way home? Read on to find out.
The stagiest weekend of the year may be over, but don’t worry, you can relive West End Live 2019 all over again by checking out StageFaves vlogger Perry O'Bree’s selfies, backstage interviews & video excerpts. Just look at the line up: Rachel Tucker, Lucie Jones, David Hunter, Grace Mouat, Bonnie Langford, Oliver Tompsett, Alistair Brammer, Trevor Dion Nicholas, and that’s just a few!
Christie Prades starred in ON YOUR FEET on Broadway and is currently touring the US in the conga-fied bio-musical. She now brings her 'Gloria Estefan' to Leicester and London for the UK premiere. Full casting is now announced. Plus, have you watched the show's launch trailer yet?