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"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...Dancing may seem too facile a metaphor for dreams, for flight, for a harmonious life on earth. But ''Syncopation'' convinces us that it should get to be a habit." (Read more) The New York Times by Alvin Klein Aug 24, 2003

"The orchestra is playing Cole Porter's ''From This Moment On,'' as the couple perform an acrobatic, exuberant and exasperated mating dance, an ode to percolating hormones. You've just received, in darkest January, a quick infusion of springtime, and it's impossible not to grin...The vignette, here vibrantly performed by Andy Blankenbuehler and Lainie Sakakura...." (Read more) New York Times by Ben Brantley January 15, 1999

ALVIN ING - GOT A LOT OF LIVING TO DOWritten & Directed by Lainie Sakakura

The Duplex, NYC 

Music Direction & Piano: Thomas Conroy

Bass: Vince Fay

Guest stars: Darren Lee, Jose Llana, Hazel Anne Raymundo, Virginia Wing

ALVIN ING - JOURNEY OF A COCKEYED OPTIMISTWritten & Directed by Lainie Sakakura

Don't Tell Mama, NYC 

Music Direction & Piano, Sarah Brett England

Drums, Kory Grossman Bass, Vince Fay

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Goodspeed stages the iconic musical 'Cabaret' for the first time

"And the dancing! The choreography by Lainie Sakakura mixes louche sexiness with occasional broken-doll jaggedness. It's perfect for Cabaret."

The Day by Kristina Dorsey June 5, 2022

Cabaret Swirls with Magic and  Menace at Goodspeed Musicals 

"spot on choreography of Lainie Sakakura"

The Middletown Press by Bonnie Goldberg 2022

Audiences Will Enjoy Goodspeed’s “Cabaret”

"The best thing about this production is the choreography by Lanie Sakukura."

Two on the Aisle by Karen Isaacs, June 12, 2022


Goodspeed makes a grand, intimate return with ‘A Grand Night for Singing’

"choreographer Lainie Sakakura shines with ingenuity and progressive spirit. There’s a lot of casual, natural movement in the show that slyly grows into full ensemble dances."

Hartford Courant by Christopher Arnott Oct 7,  2021

Goodspeed reopens with Rodgers and Hammerstein hits

"Lainie Sakakura’s dance numbers sizzle"

The Westfield News by Mark G. Auerbach 2021

'A Grand Night for Singing' at Goodspeed Musicals

"The show was charmingly choreographed by Lainie Sakakura; the dancing adds much to the look of the scenes in which it is included."

The Patch by Nancy Sasso Janis 2021

A Review: "Cabaret" Goodspeed Musicals

"The frenzied, high kickin' choreography, influenced in part by Bob Fosse's aggressively edgy dance maneuvers from the 1972 Oscar-winning film and the subsequent 1998 Broadway revival, is solidified here by choreographer Lainie Sakakura, a creative auteur well versed in the challenging mechanics of theatrical staging and the rhythmic mindset and philosophy that is "Cabaret." Here, dancers stand. Dancers kick. Dancers pose. Dancers spread their legs wide open. Dancers bump and grind. Dancers flirt and gyrate. Dancers touch each other openly and erotically. Heads droop. Heads turn. Bodies twist. Arms, legs and feet move imaginatively to the beat of the music. It's all pretty wild and decadent stuff that unfolds in the manner and style of the musical's 1930's setting where anything goes and anything can happen and does. As "Cabaret" evolves, every one of the dances is sexy, playful, eye-catching, high-spirited and gritty.  For "Willkommen!" "Don't Tell Mama," "Two Ladies" and "Money," Sakakura creates an electric blueprint of fun and dazzle that celebrates and digs deep into the musical's reworked conceit and its flavorful decadence. "Mein Herr," is turn, unfolds with the signature style and thrust of the 1972 film adaptation, celebrating the slither, pounce, prey and wild abandon of Bob Fosse, which, in this revival is created by special permission with the Verdon Fosse Legacy to mirror and reconstruct the uniqueness of the late choreographer's work from that Oscar-winning film. It is stunning."

From the Desk of Jim R, Take 2 by James V. Ruocco May 30, 2022

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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." (Read more) 

Broadway World Review by by Blair Howell 2019

PTC's 'Once' a musical feast that will have audience members falling quickly

"Some of the most enjoyable moments of the show were the musical interludes as the cast switched from one scene to another. During these moments it felt like the performers were having the time of their lives playing together. The irresistible beat along with the choreography made you want to dance right along with them." (Read more)

Deseret News by Hannah LaFond 2019

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2018 BCEFA Red Bucket Follies Opening Number, New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC

Co-conceived by Telly Leung, Director-Choreographer, Alex Sanchez

43 AAPI Broadway Performers: Aaron Albano, Sandra Allen, Susan Ancheta, Alan Ariano, Paula Chin, Marcus Choi, Adrianne Chu, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Ali Ewoldt, Takayo Fischer, Lydia Gaston, Sally Hong, Joomin Hwang, Jason Ignacio, Sabrina Imamura, Miho Imoto, Alvin Ing, Nina Zoe Lam, Telly Leung, Jose Llana, Baayork Lee, Jodi Long, J. Elaine Marcos, Paul HeeSang Miller, Carol Morra, Kumiko Nakagawa, Ashley Park, Victoria Racimo, Catherine Ricafort, Lainie Sakakura, Rommy Sandhu, Herman Sebek, S.Smith, Riza Takahashi, Yuka Takara, Robert Tatad, Virginia Wing, Mae Wong, Ericka Yang, Warren Yang, Kelly Youngman, Lisa Yuen, Minami Yusui

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

" 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." Playbill

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)

Broadway World Review by Kristen Morale

‘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..."Chicago Sun-Times by Hedy Weiss

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." (Read more) Chicago Reader by by Lawrence Bommer

Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Theatre 71 NYC

Book & Direction

60th Anniversary Flower Drum Song

Co-Conceived, Written, Additional Lyrics

A Grand Night For Singing, Goodspeed


Tony Awards FOSSE wins Best Musical
Dance Reconstruction, Onstage Dance Captain

ONCE, Pioneer Theatre


FOSSE Broadway, Trumpet Solo

Performed by Lainie Sakakura

Gypsy of the Year, Memorial Tribute to Gwen Verdon, Palace Theater, NYC

Dance Reconstruction, Performer

The Verdon Fosse Legacy, Steps NYC

Fosse Instructor

Asian American Women of the Theater

G.R.O.W conversation with Arnold Mungioli

Theatrical Dance & Equity: Lainie Sakakura & BIPOC Leadership,Musco Center for the Arts

Chapman University

Theatrical Dance & Equity: Wilson Mendieta & BIPOC Audiences, Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University

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