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Stars and the City: Ricky Ubeda’s New York

Category Broadway

|by Jeryl Brunner |

The winner of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ (Season 11), Ricky Ubeda made his Broadway debut in ‘On the Town.’ He now plays the magical Mister Mistoffelees in the revival of ‘Cats’ on Broadway

Dancing makes me feel present and alive. I knew I was going to dance forever from the first time I took a dance class when I was eight. I took a hip hop class with my sister because she was taking one. And then it took off.

I came to New York right off of the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ tour. I was 19 and had three days to learn the Broadway show, On the Town, which I did last year. It was very high stakes, but once I settled in, it was awesome. Back home in Miami, I grew up training as a concert dancer. I never really did theater until I made my Broadway debut. Once I did, I wanted to work really hard. And now I get to be a magical cat on Broadway!

I love the mix of cultures in New York. The city also has its own culture. Taking the subway like we do, taking taxis like we do. There’s the tight space, the buildings. I know that’s really special, and I love it.

Ricky Ubeda (center) and the cast of ‘Cats’ on Broadway (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Ricky Ubeda (center) and the cast of ‘Cats’ on Broadway (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

What do you love about New York City?

1. Going dancing, especially on the Lower East Side. Home Sweet Home is my favorite spot. It is so under the radar and has great ’90s music, which I love. And everybody dances instead of standing by the walls.

2. I love going to Central Park. I especially adore going to the Sheep Meadow and laying out. It’s relaxing, and you don’t really get space like that in New York.

3. I love Room Service in Midtown which has the best Thai food. It’s so good, and the atmosphere is really beautiful. They have a giant chandelier in the middle on the ground level.

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