Watch Anthony Ramos Perform in ‘In the Heights’

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

From a manhole cowl that acts as a document scratch to the navigation of a map on an iPad, on a regular basis objects turn out to be choreographed set items. At the scene’s middle is Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who welcomes you into his world and, extra vital, his neighborhood.

In this video, the director Jon M. Chu discusses a few of the particulars of the shoot, like utilizing an actual bodega for exteriors, however for the interiors, making a bodega on a set.

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

Read the “In the Heights” assessment.

Read an interview with Anthony Ramos.

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