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Broadway Road Trip Series: Martha’s Vineyard and Boston’s North Shore with Sergio Trujillo

We interviewed Sergio Trujillo, acclaimed Broadway director and award-winning choreographer, to get a feel for what’s in store for Broadway, hear about projects he’s working on, and find out which musicals he'd listen to on a road trip

Massachusetts may not seem like a long distance away for a road trip, but a visit to some of the state’s coastal towns took director and choreographer Sergio Trujillo far away from the bright lights and Broadway stages of New York City.

The Interview

WT: What city are you in currently? 

Trujillo: New York City and Cleveland (for “Jersey Boys”).

WT: What are you working on now? 

Trujillo: I have some new and exciting ventures happening right now, and I’m thrilled to be celebrating my first Emmy nomination. I just choreographed the “Kennedy Center Honors,” which celebrated Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Allen, Midori, Garth Brooks and Joan Baez. I am currently in pre-production for “Annie-Live” for NBC, which will premiere this fall.

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Sergio Trujillo at the White House (Courtesy Sergio Trujillo)

WT: How long have you been doing what you do?  

Trujillo: I’ve loved dance all my life. Growing up in Cali, Colombia, everything was about salsa dancing. It was there that I discovered my passion for dance when I was ten years old. After that, I studied in Toronto and made my way to New York. 

I made my Broadway debut dancing in “Jerome Robbins Broadway” in 1999, followed by “Guys and Dolls,” “Victor/Victoria” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” I became a choreographer on Broadway in 2005 with “All Shook Up” and then Jersey Boys. I also choreographed “Memphis” (Olivier Award), “On Your Feet” (TONY nomination), “A Bronx Tale,” “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” “Next to Normal,” “The Addams Family” and earned the 2019 TONY Award for “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.”

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Sergio Trujillo in Rehearsal for "Paramour" (Courtesy Sergio Trujillo)

WT:  You have so much background in dance and performance and choreography; do you have a preference?

Trujillo: I love it all, and I’m especially passionate about supporting the Latinx culture and connecting it to Broadway. I am developing a number of Latinx-themed musicals such as “Real Women Have Curves,” “Lives in Limbo” and “Waiting for Snow in Havana.”

WT: What do you think about Broadway’s future post-pandemic?

Trujillo: I’m beyond thrilled that our beloved Broadway will be re-opening this fall. I’m excited about having audiences back in the theater where they belong. 

WT: What cast album would you listen to on your road trip and why? 

Trujillo: I love the shows that I worked on. “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” has amazing music that you can sing to as you drive, even if you can’t dance at the same time! I feel the same way about the songs from “Memphis” and “On Your Feet!”

But I’d pick “Dreamgirls, “actually, as the first album I’d listen to. It’s a groundbreaking show, and I was inspired by its choreographer Michael Peters. 

WT: What are your favorite songs? 

Trujillo: Any of the songs, really. They all capture the narrative, and they’re uplifting. They’re Broadway at its best.

The Road Trip

Discovering Massachusetts’s coastal towns with Sergio Trujillo.

Trujillo: For our road trip, my husband Jack Noseworthy and I chose to visit our dear friend and producer Peggy Koenig in Martha’s Vineyard for a number of reasons: it’s beautiful, it allows for social distancing, it has great food and we love the people there. On the way, we drove north of Boston to Marblehead, Swampscott, Gloucester and Lynnfield on the North Shore where Jack grew up. There we sampled local seafood, went to the beach, and enjoyed the beautiful waterfront towns and the peacefulness in comparison to New York City. It’s about a five-hour drive from New York City, so it’s not that bad. After that, we drove to Cape Cod, to Woods Hole, where we picked up the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, another world away. 

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Martha's Vineyard (Courtesy Sergio Trujillo)

WT: What were some memorable things that you did on your trip?

Trujillo: Aside from soaking up the fabulous scenery, we ate a lot of great local food like clam chowder and fish and chips on both the North Shore and the Vineyard. We went out on our friends’ boat to enjoy the ocean. The Massachusetts coast and islands are quite different from being in the city all the time. On the Vineyard, we drove around the island, stopping in the little villages that add a lot of character like Menemsha, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven. You really feel like you’re a world away.

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On the Water with Sergio Trujillo (Courtesy Sergio Trujillo)

How to Get to Martha’s Vineyard from the mainland: Purchase a ticket on the car ferry from the Steamship Authority at Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven.

Eat

Kelly’s Roast Beef – Order a lobster roll or a giant roast beef sandwich smothered in BBQ, done up the New England way, Revere Beach.

Woodman’s of Essex – For the best fried clams in New England, this family-owned favorite offers dining-in-the-rough with select-your-own lobsters as well.

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Lobster-in-the Rough ( ©Meryl Pearlstein)

The Boathouse - A gorgeous club in Edgartown for dining, boating and a spa break.

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By the Dock in Martha's Vineyard (Courtesy Sergio Trujillo)

Shop

The Black Dog – A must-visit stop in Vineyard Haven. Buy a t-shirt as one does to show that you’ve arrived at the Vineyard.

Play

Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester – A popular North Shore beach with limited parking.

Gloucester Fisherman Memorial – The most famous landmark on the North Shore.

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The Gloucester Fisherman Memorial (©Suraj Gattani)

Singing Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea (of the movie fame) – The sand here is reputed to be squeaky, hence the name. 

Aquinnah and Menemsha – Both worth a stop for beaches by the glorious cliffs and fishing town atmosphere. 

Oak Bluffs – The Vineyard’s colorful “gingerbread cottages” were once the site of a Methodist camp.

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Oak Bluffs "Gingerbread" Cottages (©Benjamin Rascoe)

Keep up with Sergio and what he’s working on next.