Broadway Dance Captain Promoting Fitness and Wellness
Steve Adubato goes One-on-One with Renée Marino, Dance Captain, Ensemble Member and Assistant to the Choreographer, "Pretty Woman: The Musical," to discuss her many jobs with the Broadway musical, plus how she’s pushing health, wellness and exercise on a social level through #PrettyStrongWomen.
"Wow. [laughter] Pretty Woman: The Musical. And right there we see Renee Marino, back by popular demand. She's a dance captain, ensemble member, assistant to the choreographer, Pretty Woman: The Musical, at the Nederlander Theatre on 41st Street. You know, people know you for so many things. For the iconic role in? Jersey Boys. Jersey Boys. You played? Mary Delgado. Great stuff. In the film and of course in the show. Yeah. But they also know you because at the end of One on One? You are...? What did we do? Yeah baby! [laughter] That's that girl! I know that girl! I know that hand! I know that girl! [laughter] Tell me about this. This is a dream come true. It was my favorite movie forever. and I was in California at the time, and I found out that they were doing a Broadway musical. And it just happened to be that it was the same time I was moving back to New York, and I was like, "Well, I got to do it." And at that point, Steve, I was like, "Okay, I'm moving back to New York. I'm gonna start fresh." So I had no agent. No manager. Nothing. And I went to an audition on my own. Really? That's it. You gotta do what you gotta do. And I booked the workshop of the show. And that was incredible. That was over a year and a half ago. And I had never worked with Jerry Mitchell, our director, who I was always such a big fan of. And then here I am. We did the workshop. They asked me to join the Broadway cast, and to also be dance captain. It was such an honor. Yeah describe doing both. Sorry for interrupting. You're in the cast? Yes. Yes. But you're also in management? Describe it. Yeah. And that's... the perfect way to describe it, I'm kind of doing the best of both worlds, and for me, this is great, because I've never done this before. So I'm on stage, eight shows a week, doing the show, but I also have to have eyes in the back of my head, because I'm the dance captain. So my job is to maintain the integrity of the choreography, you know, make sure everyone's doing what they are supposed to be doing, according to what Jerry wanted, according to his vision. And yeah, I helped to run auditions for the show. So it's great. I mean Steve, there is no better way to learn the business than to be sitting behind the table, as opposed to in front of it, when I'm... right. The..."