THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Nominee and Patti Issues Star Robin De Jesus Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

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04 Sep 2013


Choreography of In The Heights


"One day while rehearsing for Heights Off-Broadway, Andy Blankenbuehler was putting together what we famously called, 'The Clump' in the Finale. Andy wanted us to form a wave starting with Karen Olivo as Vanessa putting her hand on Lin-Manuel Miranda, Usnavi's, shoulder. He explained that this wave symbolized us, the cast, as a community consoling him, Usnavi. I lost it. I literally began to sob in rehearsal. I don't often dance, but I had never been moved that way before. Andy saw what happened to me and continued teaching the choreography, he refused to make eye contact with me and then said, 'I'm not gonna look at you because I'm gonna lose it, too.' His heart and those of the dancers were so invested in the choreography and its meaning. I did that show for about 2 1/2 years, I never got tired of looking at them."


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