Lorin Latarro, Brad Musgrove & Mark Myars Featured on THE ENSEMBLIST's Associate Choreographers Episode
The spotlight often shines bright on the actors in a production both on and off the stage. However, it takes much more than just a cast of talented performers to put on a Broadway show. From pre-production to auditions to rehearsals to touring companies, there are many unsung heroes who put in endless hours behind the scenes to make the magic happen. One of these positions is that of the associate choreographer. In this episode, Broadway actors Lorin Latarro, Brad Musgrove, and Mark Myars break down the job of the associate choreographer, explaining the fluidity of the title, the importance of building a relationship with the choreographer, and the many responsibilities that come with the job.
Latarro (Kiss Me Kate, Swing, Man of La Mancha, A Chorus Line, Wonderful Town, The Apple Tree, Curtains, Movin' Out, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, American Idiot, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) has served as associate choreographer on American Idiot and Hands on a Hardbody, in addition to choreographing Scandalous and Waiting for Godot on Broadway. In this episode, she shares her unique experience of being brought on to the American Idiot team and describes their luxurious pre-production process.
Musgrove (La Cage Aux Folles, Fosse, The Producers, Pippin) was the associate choreographer for the current Broadway revival of Pippin as well as the associate for dance reconstruction on Fosse. He talks about the importance of cultivating a relationship built on trust and of having both an artistic and personal understanding of your choreographer. Additionally, he shares some insider stories on the pre-production process for Pippin, which was unique because of the acrobatics in the show.
Myars (Footloose, Come Fly Away, Wicked, 9 to 5, West Side Story) is the associate choreographer for the just-opened Broadway show If/Then, as well as the dance supervisor for seven companies of Wicked, for which he was original dance captain. He shares his experience in setting the choreography for Wicked around the globe and talks about how his extensive experience as an ensemblist prepared him for the job.
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