So You Think You Can Dance victor Ricky Ubeda got more than a check when he won the competition’s 11th season: As part of his prize, he joins the cast of the hit Broadway musical On The Town from Feb. 27 through April 26. The comedy follows three sailors on leave in New York, exploring the excitement of the city and getting swept off their feet by three beautiful women.
See how Ubeda tackles rehearsals, wardrobe fittings and nerves before hitting center stage in this exclusive video—and read on for more on how he’s making the adjustment from the SYTYCD stage to the Great White Way.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This is your first time on Broadway. Did you catch on easily, or was it a little more difficult?
RICKY UBEDA: This show is good for a dancer, because it’s very heavy in the dancing. There are parts where you have to [act] and you have be a singer, so I’m kind of learning as I go. But it’s definitely super fun and I’m enjoying every second.
And how does Broadway compare to SYTYCD?
So You Think You Can Dance is really stressful in the sense that someone’s getting sent home every week. It’s also really fun and you learn a lot. But I would say Broadway is more—it’s less competitive. Even though the cast of So You Think wasn’t competitive, it was still a competition at the end of the day. So you had to worry about that in the back of your mind. I think on Broadway, it’s just more of “We’re all in this to perform, to entertain the same audience, etc.”
How did your first show go?
It was magical, really. I mean, that sounds really cliché, but I was really stressed out because I only got to learn the show in three days, and it was a lot of information. I had never done anything like it before, and I was kinda living alone—it was just a lot for me all at once. And then, on Friday, everything came together and I finally did it.
Do you think you’ll be doing more Broadway after this?
I wouldn’t be against it at all. I mean, it’s so fun. This world is so—I mean, it’s still so new to me, and I would have to train a lot more at it. But I would not be mad if I did another Broadway show. Or be staying in this one.