Anthony Ramos almost quit acting before seeing In the Heights on Broadway

In the Heights star Anthony Ramos had given up on acting until he saw the original Broadway production and decided to keep his career dreams alive.The Star Is Born actor headlines the upcoming film version of the musical, which was written by Lin-Manue…

In the Heights star Anthony Ramos had given up on acting until he saw the original Broadway production and decided to keep his career dreams alive.

The Star Is Born actor headlines the upcoming film version of the musical, which was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2008.

In an interview with People magazine, Ramos revealed his special connection to In the Heights.

“This show was the show I saw when I wanted to quit,” he said. “I remember my college was giving away tickets to this show, and it was closing and I hadn’t seen it yet. I went by myself and I sat in that seat, and it was the first time I saw a show where it was like, ‘Oh, I don’t only relate to these characters, I know them.'”

Of taking on the lead role of Usnavi, Ramos said he felt honoured to be portraying the character Miranda originated in the Broadway show.

“I felt a huge responsibility, but I also didn’t feel any pressure,” the 28-year-old added. “The fact that Lin trusted me with this role means more than you’ll ever know, bro. Ever.”

Ramos has known Miranda for years – he starred in the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Miranda’s musical Hamilton, alongside the man himself in the lead role, when it first opened Off-Broadway, and remained with the musical blockbuster when it opened on the Great White Way in 2015.

Last year, he played Lady Gaga’s best friend in A Star Is Born and lead the film Monsters and Men. He appeared in Godzilla: King of the Monsters earlier this year.

The trailer for In the Heights, directed by Jon M. Chu, debuted online on Thursday. It is due to hit cinemas in June 2020.

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Rita Moreno denies In the Heights casting reports

Rita Moreno’s representatives have shot down a report suggesting she is joining Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights film.Director Jon M. Chu is currently in the pre-production phases of making a feature version of Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical,…

Rita Moreno’s representatives have shot down a report suggesting she is joining Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights film.

Director Jon M. Chu is currently in the pre-production phases of making a feature version of Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, which first opened on Broadway in 2008 and tells of a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.

On Monday (05Nov18), it was reported by editors at The Hollywood Reporter that stage and screen legend Moreno was set to take on the role of Abuela Claudia, the loving matriarch of the story, in the screen adaption.

However, a representative for Moreno has since shot down the casting report, insisting that she is not attached to the project, and while producers were interested in her for the role, no official talks commenced.

The In The Heights movie is set to be released in the U.S. in June 2020.

So far, only Anthony Ramos has been attached to appear in the flick. He will play main character Usnavi, the role originated by Miranda in the show. Previously, the 27-year-old actor took on the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Miranda’s other hit musical Hamilton, and he has also made appearances in TV show Will & Grace, movie A Star Is Born and drama Monsters and Men. He is next set to appear in Godzilla: King of the Monsters alongside Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown.

Meanwhile, EGOT winner Moreno, known for her performances in musical films The King and I and West Side Story, is currently appearing in Netflix show One Day at a Time. She has also recently had guest roles in TV show Jane the Virgin, Grey’s Anatomy and Grace and Frankie.

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