Watch Anthony Ramos Perform in ‘In the Heights’ | Anatomy of a Scene

by News Update

n this opening sequence from “In the Heights,” life moves to the beat.

From a manhole cover that acts as a record scratch to the navigation of a map on an iPad, everyday objects become choreographed set pieces. At the scene’s center is Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who welcomes you into his world and, more important, his neighborhood.

In this video, the director Jon M. Chu discusses some of the details of the shoot, like using a real bodega for exteriors, but for the interiors, creating a bodega on a set.

And about staging the rhythmic finger movements on an iPad? “It’s more difficult than it seems,” he says.

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DAMANIQ PHILLIP June 11, 2021 - 11:01 PM

Wow

BandUp ENT June 11, 2021 - 11:02 PM

First r

S June 11, 2021 - 11:02 PM

Sooo excited for this!!

Emerald Archer June 11, 2021 - 11:17 PM

Culture Vulture

Steph Anie June 11, 2021 - 11:18 PM

Anthony Ramos is such an extreme talent. His rise to fame is well deserved. I cannot wait to watch this ❤️

Chelsea Avila June 11, 2021 - 11:29 PM

Crazy rich Asians meets hamilton

What more is there to live for

Vanisa Senthil June 11, 2021 - 11:41 PM

👍

Junior Jimenez June 11, 2021 - 11:43 PM

Thank u for bringing bruises to life. Abrazos 🤗

Spa©️e Derby✔️ June 11, 2021 - 11:56 PM

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Mary Metry June 12, 2021 - 12:04 AM

I am looking forward to this!!:)

Mary Metry June 12, 2021 - 12:06 AM

I can’t wait for this Movie/Musical. I have only ever seen it in play form. This is going to be next level.

Chuy Mora June 12, 2021 - 12:08 AM

Looks interesting

Muhammad Naveed June 12, 2021 - 12:20 AM

Have they not seen how many generations We destroyed before them which We had established upon the earth as We have not established you? And We sent [rain from] the sky upon them in showers and made rivers flow beneath them; then We destroyed them for their sins and brought forth after them a generation of others.

Please read the Quran once in your mother language

olive June 12, 2021 - 12:27 AM

cannot wait for this!