BroadwayWorld.com has posted a fantastic interview with JERSEY BOYS choreographer Sergio Trujillo, who has had a superb winning streak with several other Broadway smashes, including The Addams Family, Next to Normal and Memphis. Here’s a sneak peek to the interview:
What did you initially find the hardest about being a choreographer?
Well, choreographers don’t go to school. It’s a trade that’s passed down and the only way to learn it is to be in the trenches and figure out how to be a problem-solver. By far, the most challenging part about being a choreographer is how to interpret the story. A musical is a torch that’s passed down from the writer to the lyricist/composer to the choreographer. There has to be a cohesiveness and the choreographer’s job is to finish off whatever that story is in that moment. After that, the next challenge is teaching people – often with little dance background – to dance. It’s a beautiful thing when that happens. I remember working with John Lloyd Young in Jersey Boys. I spent two months working with him on movement in the studio before we even started rehearsals because Johnny had never danced before. To this day, I have never, ever had that much pride or have been more moved by watching one particular actor perform on stage. The first time that Johnny performed on stage for the first preview of Jersey Boys, the crowd went crazy for the “Walk Like A Man” sequence.” To watch John’s face beam and be in utter shock, it made me feel like Bela Karolyi, you know Bela, Nadia Comaneci’s coach – the perfect 10.
Visit BroadwayWorld.com to read the entire interview.