Podcast Episode 148 – Tony Nominated Choreographer, Sergio Trujillo

Most great dancers start training when they are in the womb.

Ok, maybe not that early, but it ain’t too long after they are walking until they are pliéing and pirouetting all around the living room, to paraphrase a little Chorus Line.

If you start dancing later in life and want to be the best, you gotta want it more and work harder.

It’s super clear in the first fifteen minutes of this podcast that Sergio Trujillo works harder at achieving his goals and won’t stop until he gets them.

That’s how he became one of Broadway’s best dancers after starting his career at age 18.

And that’s how he became one of Broadway’s best choreographers in record time, after hanging up his jazz shoes at the height of his performing career.

This is the kind of story I love. So we spent some time talking about his path from a poor kid from Colombia to the Tony Nominated choreographer of Jersey Boys and others, as well as . . .

  • How he got the courage to audition for a dance show, having never taken a dance class in his life.
  • Why instead of staying in NYC, he moved back to Toronto to start his choreography career.
  • The part of the process he loves the most (and why he’s a nervous wreck before he gets to this part in a show’s development).
  • His message to the politicians in NYC.
  • What he looks for in a show before he sets a step.

He also talked about directing more.

Here’s a prediction that is as easy to make as the sun will come up tomorrow . . . Sergio will no longer be one of Broadway’s most sought-after choreographers.  He will soon be one of the most sought-after director/choreographers.

Click here for the link to my podcast with Sergio!

Listen to it on iTunes here. (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review, while you’re there!)

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Podcast Episode 147 – Tony Award-Winning Director, Walter Bobbie

One of the questions that I get asked a lot in my travels is . . .

“How did Chicago become one of the longest-running shows ever?”

This week’s guest is one of the primary reasons.

Walter Bobbie was the Artistic Director of the newly formed Encores! when he added Chicago to the line-up and changed the Broadway landscape forever (Chicago is not only on the list of the Top 10 longest running shows, but it is the only revival on that list).

Because of its success, that could have been the only show that Walter directed, but he has done more, including last season’s Bright Star, Venus in Fur, and a bunch more (not to mention his Broadway acting credits!).

Walter and I talked about Chicago and why it became such a monster success, along with . . .

  • How he knew he wasn’t long for life as an actor (warning: this story involves beer).
  • The “Brunch Show” on the Upper West Side that started his career . . . and the person who hired him for the gig. (Spoiler Alert:  that person was himself.)
  • The training he got by NOT going through traditional training.
  • How he exercised his Producing muscles to build Encores! at City Center.
  • The importance of a “safe room” for his actors on any play.

Walter is an ADP.  Actor/Director/Producer.  In this podcast, you’ll learn how there is much more crossover in those disciplines than you ever would have guessed.

So listen up . . .

Click here for the link to my podcast with Walter!

Listen to it on iTunes here. (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review, while you’re there!)

Download it here.