LAINIE SAKAKURA

writer director choreographer 

CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET 

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Red Bucket Follies Opening Number

New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC 2018

Written by Lainie Sakakura

Conceived by Lainie Sakakura & Telly Leung

Director/Choreographer: Alex Sanchez

Performed by 44 Asian American Broadway Performers Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Flower Drum Song

ONCE, Pioneer Theater Company 2019

Choreography: Lainie Sakakura

Rave reviews Deseret News, BroadwayWorld

AWARDS 

2015 Joe A. Callaway Award Recipient for Best Choreography

Red Eye Of Love

Dicapo Theater,  Off Broadway

REVIEWS

Dancing Majesty Takes the Stage in Fisher's THE LITTLE DANCER, Theatre 71, NYC "Directed by Richard Vida and choreographed by Lainie Sakakura, The Little Dancer is dazzling Upper West Side audiences with the poignant story it has to tell. This musical has every lovable quality a person can ever desire..." (READ MORE)

BWW Review: ONCE at Pioneer Theatre Company Fully Captivates

"Credit the Choreographer Lainie Sakakura with the director how each scene efficiently flows on the tastefully used rotating set by Scenic Designer Yoon Bae."

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Packed Majestic Theater Sees Unforgettable Tribute To Broadway's Great Composer-Lyricist Cy Coleman

"...as the full compliment of dance hall floozies belted out "Hey, Big Spender!" from "Sweet Charity," Bob Fosse's fabulous choreography of that slice of lowbrow sex life in New York re-created by Lainie Sakakura, featuring the still-sexy, God bless them, Ann Reinking and Chita Rivera."

Staging of 'Syncopation' That's Seamless

The choreographer Lainie Sakakura's grasp of the interpretive possibilities of even the most elementary tangos and fox-trots are in step with Mr. Knee's narrative and the characters' quirks of temperament...(READ MORE)

Damn Yankees, Marriott Theatre
"The big blessing, however, is the hard-hoofing ensemble: directed by Bell and Lainie Sakakura, the dances are a joyful force of nature."

‘Hot Mikado’ swings with engaging style"… with sensational choreography by Lainie Sakakura the addition of swing notes, tap dance, zoot suits and all around jazzification in “Hot Mikado” sweeps away the Victorian fustiness of Gilbert & Sullivan’s original operetta, “The Mikado,” and infuses it with a playful touch of naughtiness..."

VIDEO

Gypsy of the Year 

The Palace Theater, NYC 2000

Original Choreography: Bob Fosse

Recreated and Staged by Lainie Sakakura

Performers: Lainie Sakakura, Alex Sanchez, JP Christensen 

Tony Awards - FOSSE

The Gershwin Theater, NYC 1999
Winner Best New Musical
Dance Reconstruction - Lainie Sakakura & Brad Musgrove

Performing: Full Original Cast of Fosse

ARTICLES