Anthony Ramos logra su sueño de actuar en Broadway otro boricua haciendo historia

Después de vivir años de dificultades, el actor de ascendencia boricua, debutó en Broadway con Hamilton, musical en el que encarna dos personajes.

Nueva York. Al actor de origen puertorriqueño Anthony Ramos la oportunidad de formar parte del elenco de Hamilton le surgió en el momento más oportuno.

Horas antes de recibir una llamada en la que le informaban que había sido escogido para pertenecer al elenco del musical había sido cancelado el programa del que era parte. Él y todos sus compañeros se habían quedado sin trabajo.

Pero el asombro fue mayor cuando supo que en el nuevo musical de Lin-Manuel Miranda tendría que interpretar no uno, sino a dos personajes. Al inicio de la pieza, el joven representa al soldado estadounidense John Lauren. Más adelante en el musical tiene el reto de hacer el papel de Philip Hamilton, el hijo de Alexander Hamilton de nueve años.

“Me encanta hacer dos papeles, es muy divertido. Definitivamente fue difícil cuando vi el libreto y vi que iba a interpretar a dos personajes, uno de ellos un niño de nueve años. Pensé: ‘no puedo hacer de un niño de nueve años’. Pero es increíble haberlo explorado y haberlo podido hacer. El hecho de que son tan diferentes el uno del otro, pero tienen algo en común que es amor y pasión por Alexander. Ese fue el motor que me dio fuerza cuando estaba explorando a los personajes y tratando de hacerlos únicos”, dijo el joven de 24 años.

De padres y abuelos puertorriqueños, Ramos tuvo una infancia dura, pues su madre, Mildred Ramos, tuvo que sacar adelante sola a sus tres hijos.

El béisbol fue la gran pasión de Anthony hasta que una maestra de teatro descubrió sus habilidades como actor y bailarín.

Y fueron las artes lo que lo llevaron hacia otro rumbo cuando obtuvo una beca en el American Music and Dramatic Academy.

“Estudié, estudié, estudié hasta que la maestra me refirió para esa beca que cambió mi vida. Tuve una vida dura durante mis años de crecimiento. La mayoría del tiempo fue bien duro para nosotros, pero gracias a Dios salimos adelante y me bendijeron con esa beca”, sostuvo el artista, quien comenzó a trabajar profesionalmente a los 19 años.
Entre sus trabajos anteriores a Hamilton se encuentran Grease e In the Heights, en un montaje que se hizo de manera regional.

“Por cinco años fue duro. Lo hice todo por mí mismo. Iba a tres o cuatro audiciones durante el día. Trataba de comer algo entre ellas y luego no conseguía ninguno de los trabajos. Trabajaba en una tienda de helados a $8 la hora. Era terrible, pero valió la pena porque ahora puedo ayudar a mi mamá”, señaló emocionado.

Anthony recuerda que cuando eran pequeños lloraban porque no querían comer arroz con habichuelas y pollo, que muchas veces era el menú de toda una semana.

“No siempre tuve un trabajo. En una época decidí quedarme con ellos para criarlos, hasta que cada uno tuviera dos años”, explicó Mildred sobre aquella época. “Cuando llegaron a una edad más adelantada busqué un trabajo más estable. Gracias a Dios llevo 16 años en el trabajo que estoy ahora, en un hospital. Ya salimos de ese tiempo de dificultades”.

Muchos actores soñarían tener un debut en Broadway como lo ha tenido Anthony.

Hamilton se ha convertido en todo un fenómeno desde que comenzó off Broadway el año pasado, y seis meses después en Broadway. Hace unos días, la pieza casi bate el récord de premios Tony al conseguir 11 de estos galardones en la ceremonia de este año. El joven asegura que ha sido todo un aprendizaje trabajar con LinManuel, quien escribió el musical.

“Es un cerebro andante. Uno lo mira y no siento que veo a una persona, sino a un cerebro. Sin duda es la persona más inteligente que he conocido. Ha sido como un hermano mayor para mí, me ha enseñado mucho. Nos hemos hecho amigos y nos dio a todos esto, nos inspiró a defender las cosas en las que creemos”, destacó.

La familia de Anthony proviene de Fajardo, Caguas y Naguabo. A pesar de las dificultades económicas, Mildred siempre hizo lo posible por traer a sus hijos a Puerto Rico, para que estuvieran conectados con su familia y raíces.

“Puerto Rico significa mucho para mí. De allí son mis abuelos, mis padres. Por alguna extraña razón, o quizás no es extraña, cuando estoy allá siento que estoy en casa. Siento que de allí es mi cuerpo, mi cabeza, mi ADN, mis raíces. Allí vivieron mis ancestros”, aseguró Anthony.

El actor espera seguir siendo parte de Hamilton por muchos años. Sin embargo, también desea realizar una carrera como cantante, entre otros proyectos.

“Este otoño va a salir una película que hice que se llama White Girl. También he hecho varios personajes invitados en programas de televisión. Además estoy trabajando en un EP. Es de r&b y soul. Hay muchas cosas que quiero hacer, pero ahora estoy en Hamilton. Será por semanas, seis meses o un año, pero ya llegará el tiempo para hacerlo; por ahora es mi prioridad”, concluyó

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Broadway Newbie Anthony Ramos Rips Up the Rules in ‘Hamilton’

In the record-breaking musical “Hamilton,” Anthony Ramos plays not one but two American colonial figures who happen to be White. Below, the Puerto Rican 24-year-old from Brooklyn explains how he came to co-star in the hottest show in decades.

With ticket prices upwards of $1,500 and advanced sales of $57 million last November, “Hamilton” is an official Broadway juggernaut. Helmed by certified genius Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical mixes rap, R&B and pop to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton’s ascent from penniless orphan to chief architect of the American financial system. The twist, if you haven’t heard, is that a person of color plays nearly every major character—including Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.

Miranda, who plays Alexander Hamilton, has said that “Hamilton” is “a story about America then, told by America now.” By casting people of color as the founders of our nation, “Hamilton” forces audiences to engage with bodies and voices that would have been categorically marginalized in colonial times.

“Hamilton” also sheds light on lesser-known figures of colonial America, including proto-abolitionist John Laurens.

Laurens is played by Anthony Ramos, a 24-year-old Puerto Rican actor and singer from Brooklyn, New York. Ramos also plays Philip Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton’s eldest son. Here, in this edited and condensed interview, Ramos talks about making his Broadway debut in a blockbuster show and his journey from the tough Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick to The Great White Way.

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With ticket prices upwards of $1,500 and advanced sales of $57 million last November, “Hamilton” is an official Broadway juggernaut. Helmed by certified genius Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical mixes rap, R&B and pop to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton’s ascent from penniless orphan to chief architect of the American financial system. The twist, if you haven’t heard, is that a person of color plays nearly every major character—including Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.

Miranda, who plays Alexander Hamilton, has said that “Hamilton” is “a story about America then, told by America now.” By casting people of color as the founders of our nation, “Hamilton” forces audiences to engage with bodies and voices that would have been categorically marginalized in colonial times.

“Hamilton” also sheds light on lesser-known figures of colonial America, including proto-abolitionist John Laurens. Laurens is played by Anthony Ramos, a 24-year-old Puerto Rican actor and singer from Brooklyn, New York. Ramos also plays Philip Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton’s eldest son. Here, in this edited and condensed interview, Ramos talks about making his Broadway debut in a blockbuster show and his journey from the tough Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick to The Great White Way.

What’s the significance of having performers of color tell the story of the Founding Fathers?

You ever look at a painting like, “Wow, that’s so good, but I really can’t wrap my brain around why this thing that is so obscure feels so right?” “Hamilton” is that kind of painting. No one’s ever seen anything like it, and I think it’s one of the boldest pieces of art ever to hit. It’s also honest because “Hamilton” looks like how we look like now.

Can you explain more?

Lin could have written a show and had the Founding Fathers be all White men, but at the same time, the show’s about Alexander Hamilton. A lot of people didn’t know whether or not Hamilton, who grew up in the British West Indies, was half [Black]. They had no idea. So it’s only right to have the rest of the cast embody that. Daveed Diggs, who plays Thomas Jefferson, is half Jewish and half Black. Phillipa Soo,* who plays Hamilton’s wife, Eliza, is Irish and Chinese. Lin and I are Puerto Rican. Having men of color play the Founding Fathers shows that anyone could have done what they did. This is showing our public what it would have looked like if things were different.

Tell me about the two characters you play.

John Laurens was from South Carolina. His dad was a slave trader. Laurens was one of the first abolitionists. He died fighting the British in the Revolutionary War because he hadn’t received word yet that his side had won in Yorktown. The British soldiers were retreating, but he still insisted on going after these guys. He actually died after the war had already been won. He was really zealous. which was so awesome to learn about Laurens. And he and Hamilton had this incredibly close relationship. Some people think they had something going on. I don’t know. I do think Laurens loved and was passionate about Hamilton, so I try to do my best to be true to that. There isn’t really too much about Philip, so I really got to play around with that character a lot.

Besides being able to put your own spin on things, what has been your favorite thing about playing Philip?

I love his confidence but also his passion for his dad. My father wasn’t around a lot, so when I do Philip’s rap when he’s nine years old I think about how his dad wasn’t there the entire time. When my dad was around, I really did my best to show him, like, “Yo, Pops, look at what I’ve done up until this point! Check out my baseball trophies! Check out, like, this new song I just wrote!” The first line in Philip’s rap as a nine-year-old is “Daddy, daddy, look!” I had the “Daddy, daddy, look!” mentality when I was a kid. That’s how I relate to Philip.

What about Laurens?

I appreciate how he was gung-ho about everything. My whole life I’ve been so passionate about making a better life for myself, having [grown] up in a pretty rough neighborhood. Hamilton and his [crew] had been through so much at such a young age, and I really relate to that.

So what first drew you to musical theater?

I mean, it was totally an accident. In high school, baseball was, like, my thing. I was sitting in class my junior year, and there was an announcement on the loudspeaker about an audition for this show called “Sing.” I had no idea what it was. I thought, “Maybe it’s a talent show.” So I go and sing for this talent show thing and they gave me the lead role in the show. I did it, and I fell in love, man.

How did you manage to transform yourself from a baseball player to a musical theater actor?

My high school director took me up under her wing because she saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. She gave me a pamphlet [about] the one school that I auditioned for, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. I wasn’t even going to go to the audition because I didn’t have the money to pay the application fee. But my teacher paid for it. After I got in, the school threw me these numbers and I was like, “There’s no way. I can’t even pay for this!” So my teacher gave my name to this scholarship fund. I told them my story, about how I came from the 'hood and how my grades, which were not that good, weren’t a reflection of me. I told them, “All I need is one shot.”

You share the stage with several Broadway vets. What has it been like to work with them?

I’m not just learning more about how to be a performer, I’m learning about how to be a better person on the daily. I learned from Lin that you don’t have to stray from who you are. I remember one time I was cracking a joke, and I said, “Aw man, Lin, you know, I talk too ghetto sometimes. I should change the way I talk.” Lin said, “Papa, you don’t have to change the way you talk. You just have to make sure people understand you.” I will never, ever forget him saying that to me. He is the biggest example of someone who has not strayed from who he is to conform to the industry. He’s a hip-hop head, but he also loves musical theater.

What advice would you give young performers—particularly those of color—just starting out in musical theater?

Be a better listener than you are a speaker. Don’t put yourself in the box that other people put you in. You have more control than you think you do. And don’t try to be more than what you are. The perfect job will come when you realize you’re enough. Be OK with the way you’ve been created.

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Ellas dicen que no tenemos boricuas y por años los tenemos en todos lados. Lo que pasa que ahora con internet sabemos de donde son :wink::fire::fire::fire:

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WOW! estamos arrasando en Broadway!!!

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Talento boricuA

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