MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino-American actor has been included in Entertainment Weekly’s list of 25 Stars on the Rise in 2015.
Conrad Ricamora gained notice for his role as gay IT guy Oliver in the hit Shonda Rhimes TV series “How to Get Away with Murder”.
He showed off his acting and singing chops as Senator Ninoy Aquino in “Here Lies Love,” a hit musical by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim about the life of former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
“Ricamora returns to the stage— where we first grew fond of him in the Off Broadway disco hit Here Lies Love. Now taking center spotlight in Broadway’s new revival of The King and I, the year of Ricamora has arrived,” Entertainment Weekly said.
Ricamora will star as Lun Tha in the Lincoln Center Theater’s upcoming production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, which features Japanese actor Ken Watanabe as the King of Siam and Kelli O’Hara as Anna.
The musical also features Fil-Am actress Ruthie Ann Miles, who played Imelda in Here Lies Love, as Lady Thiang.
Ricamora, whose father is from the Philippines, was cast in Here Lies Love in 2012. At that time, he was finishing his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee.
“Just on a whim I was reading The New York Times, and I saw that they were doing a show based on Imelda Marcos and the People Power Revolution in the Philippines,” he explained. “And with my intuition I thought, ‘I think I should be in the show’ because my father is from the Philippines and I can sing rock and pop music pretty well. So I just flew up and auditioned and they liked me,” he said in an interview with Playbill.com.
The Filipino-American actor won the 2013 Theatre World Award for his role in Here Lies Love.