Ricardo A. Zayas (Photo: RJ Muna/Lines Ballet)
By Matthew Wexler
Broadway’s got the beat with the arrival of Head Over Heels. Featuring a score with music by the legendary all-female band The Go-Go’s and a wonky, Elizabethan story that follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction, the musical has quickly become an audience favorite. Cast member Ricardo A. Zayas offers us an insider’s glimpse of what it’s like working on the show as well as some of his favorite spots around New York city.
Brooklyn, the Borough of Kings!
Confession: How much of the Go-Go’s music did you know before auditioning for Head Over Heels?
I knew more than I realized. “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” is one of my favorite jams of all time — even if I was four years old when it was released. That’s even more surprising considering my mom mostly played salsa music in the house and my dad was a diehard Elvis fan. The 80’s were a great time for the genre, but I have no idea how I became a rock aficionado.
You have a serious dance background, having been named one of Dance magazine’s “25 to watch” — how would you describe Spencer Liff’s choreography for the show?
There’s so much happening in this show. Spencer found a bunch of really fierce weirdos that can do so many different things and added a touch of royal flair and regality. Name any other ensemble on Broadway that is giving you everything we’re giving you. I’ll wait…