CUE & A: Here Lies Love Star Conrad Ricamora on the Immersive Experience, His Raptor Impression and "The Golden Girls"

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05 Aug 2014

Conrad Ricamora
Conrad Ricamora

Conrad Ricamora, who stars as Ninoy Aquino in the immersive David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Ricamora won a 2013 for this performance. Other favorite roles include Romeo, Benvolio, Paris and Juliet in four different productions of Romeo and Juliet; Tom in The Glass Menagerie; Tartuffe and Kenny in Fuddy Meers.

Screen work includes "Talladega Nights" and the upcoming "How to Get Away With Murder" with Viola Davis.


Full given name: Conrad Wayne Ricamora
Where you were born/where you were raised: California, Iceland, Colorado, Florida (thanks US Air Force!)
Zodiac Sign:Aquarius
What your parents did/do for a living: Social worker and retired Air Force
Current audition song/monologue:"Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers and Angelo from Measure for Measure
Siblings:Older brother is a club DJ
Special skills:Velociraptor impersonation
Something you're REALLY bad at:Unfortunately, cooking
First Broadway show you ever saw: Aida
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? The recent Glass Menagerie. Everyone was awesome, but I want to watch the Gentleman Caller scene over and over again - Celia, my god, I was in awe of what she did onstage. She played such a meek character, but she had so much going on inside that it was hard to watch anything else... Sorry, I can't get over it.
Current or recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Violet
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: All of Cole Porter and Jason Robert Brown
Some favorite modern musicals: Violet, Parade
Some favorite classic musicals: West Side Story, Singin' in the Rain
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would have most loved to perform with: Gregory Peck, Greta Garbo
Your personal performance idols, living or dead: Ben Kingsley, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Etta James, Chet Baker, Nikka Costa, Ella Fitzgerald
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: My favorite singer/songwriter Nikka Costa live... She gave EVERYTHING onstage and was a sweaty mess by the end.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: My castmate Natalie Cortez's recording of "There is a Child" from the musical Giant just slays me every time.
Most played song on your iPod: "It's Always You" by Chet Baker
Most-visited websites: NYTimes, Hulu, Netflix, Wikipedia
Last book you read: "Living With a Wild God" by Barbara Ehrenreich
Must-see TV show(s): "The Mindy Project," "SNL," "Orange Is The New Black," "Looking," "Girls," "House of Cards"
Last good movie you saw: "Nebraska"
Some films you consider classics: "Goonies," "Contact," "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "Home Alone"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: David Byrne. I've worked with him for the past 2 years, I'm singing his songs every night, but I've never seen him live!
Pop culture guilty pleasure: The online series "Submissions Only." It's hilarious and so well written!
Three favorite cities: Asheville, NC
Seaside, FL
Nerja, Spain
Favorite sport/team/player: I played competitive tennis growing up and just went to the US Open for the first time last year and saw Rafael Nadal for the first time live. He's unreal. When he's healthy I think he's unbeatable.
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