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Sergio Trujillo
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Sergio Trujillo

Choreographer Sergio Trujillo talks about the development of the new Broadway musical Memphis and how the dance styles he employs in it draw upon research he'd already done for several other musicals. He also talks about his childhood in Colombia and how music was part of the country's daily life; his discovery, while studying science at the University of Toronto, of his love and aptitude for dancing; his journeyman years as a Broadway dancer in shows including Jerome Robbins' Broadway, the 1992 Guys and Dolls and Fosse; his transition into choreography at Canada's Stratford Festival and in London's West End; how he created dance moves for Jersey Boys when the original Four Seasons only stood and sang; why The Mambo Kings was vital to his career even though it was never seen in New York; his many collaborations with director Des McAnuff, including the 2009 Guys and Dolls -- where he took his inspiration not from Frank Loesser, but from Louis Prima; why his credit isn't "choreographer" on Next to Normal; his meticulous preparation, which includes already having all the choreography worked out for this spring's The Addams Family; and his plans for his directing debut in 2010 with Havana, and whether he thinks that will cause him to ultimately leave choreography behind.

Original air date - September 21, 2009
Running Time - 57:11

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