Before Sergio Trujillo was a two-time Tony-nominated choreographer, he began his career as a dancer and performer.
He made his Broadway debut in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, which he says in the video above is the show that most impacted his life. He was featured in the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls and taught us all what gentility in dance means with his Mr. Bojangles in Fosse. But he finally stepped into the Broadway choreographic sphere when he provided additional movement for All Shook Up and followed it up with Jersey Boys. And while the beginnings of his Broadway career prove he can handle the doo-wop of the ’50s and ’60s, in the past 15 years, Trujillo has proved the breadth of his expertise.
From athleticism in his Guys and Dolls, to classic musical theatre in The Addams Family, to blending Latin styles in On Your Feet! (which earned him a Tony nod), to disco fever in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, and now his blend of funk, hip-hop, and soul in Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations, Trujillo calls upon decades of dance training to create fresh storytelling through choreography.
Here, he shares the musical theatre song he’ll never get sick of, the person with whom he wants to work next, his favorite Tony Awards performance, and his quote to live by—which explains a lot.