Corbin Bleu Raps It Up in In The Heights

Corbin Bleu Raps It Up in In The Heights

Corbin Bleu took center stage tonight (January 25) in his stage debut as Usnavi in In The Heights on Broadway.

Before he stepped on stage in character, the 20-year-old actor chatted with MTV about stepping up his game, putting his spin on rapping and how real the storyline is to him. Check it:

On rapping as Usnavi: “[Usnavi] raps. He also is the narrator, and throughout the whole time, he [narrates] through rapping off the top of his head. He’s a total dork. He doesn’t really know how to dance. He’s not very smooth when it comes to the ladies. There’s a certain honesty to him. Honestly, the music itself gives way to the rapping. That was something that came pretty easily, ’cause I’ve always been about rhythm. I grew up salsa dancing. I grew up dancing, period. That part of it came naturally.”

On how he relates to In The Heights: “I grew up in Brooklyn around all Dominicans and Puerto Ricans, so we were the only Italians on the block. I grew up eating [the cuisine]. I grew up with these characters, so it’s a very real thing for me. I don’t think there could be a better show to make a Broadway debut in than In the Heights.”

On his character: “I play a character named Usnavi, who is the local bodega owner. So it’s the hub of the entire community. He is faced with thinking, ‘Is this what I really want — the monotony of life?’ But in the end, he realizes he has a wonderful life. The music in it [the play] and the dancing isn’t something you get to see a lot on Broadway.”

You can see Corbin as Usnavi from January 25 to April 25, 2010 and get your tickets at

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  • abby

    So proud of Corbin. Wish I could see him in it.

  • Georgina

    I know he is awsome :) it would be a great show!

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  • Cameron bee

    What a great guy and so talented ! New York Loves you !

  • pop86

    I have my tickets and will be seeing Corbin soon. I’m so happy for him

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