Gloria Estefan stopped by The F Word at Splash on Friday night to premiere her new video, “Hotel Nacional”, her salute to campy cult classics like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cabaret, and Birdcage, infused with a contagious Cuban flavor.
We showed up just before Gloria and hubby Emilio Estefan arrived, but Tiffany, the queen of the ’80s, was already there and surrounded by cute boys as Cherry Jubilee, Maddelynn and Dina Marie were working the crowd onstage.
We were sipping cocktails with RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Jessica Wild when Gloria arrived: The Miami Sound Machine front woman stopped for photos, signed autographs, and chatted with fans before taking to the stage to say gracias to the LGBT community. ”I’ve got to thank you so much for so many years of support” Gloria told the crowd, “You guys have been on the cutting edge, all the way back to ‘Conga’ in 1985. My music broke through in the gay clubs before anyone ever heard it…and I want to thank you for that; for being such loyal, fantastic beautiful people.”
Estefan went on to thank her drag-queen amigas and talk about how much she loved the Broadway version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. But she was there to promote her own wild and drag-infused video, “Hotel Nacional,” and the crowd gave her a roar of approval as the video began to play on Splash’s massive screen.