Luis Salgado

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Luis Salgado (born August 30, 1980 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican performer, director, choreographer, and producer. His career has led him to Broadway, film, television, and stages around the world.He served as associate director and choreographer of Cirque du Soleil's Paramour that opened April 16, 2019 at the Neue Flora theatre in Hamburg, Germany. He has worked with directors, choreographers and performers such as Andy Blankenbuehler, Jerry Mitchell, Sergio Trujillo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti, Patrick Dempsey and Diego Luna.

Personal life[edit]

Salgado was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and raised in a nearby town called Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. He studied theatre in 1998 at the University of Puerto Rico. He moved to New York City in 2012, and currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and child.


Salgado made his Off-Broadway debut in 2003 with the musical Fame as a replacement for Enrico Rodriguez and understudy for the role of Joe Vegas. In 2004 he worked on the film Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights as the dance double for the role of Javier played by Diego Luna. In 2005 Salgado originated the role of Frankie Suarez in the musical The Mambo Kings’’[1] In 2006 he starred as Bobby in the musical A Chorus Line in his return to Puerto Rico as a special guest artist. The musical featured local legends such as Braulio Castillo Jr., Angel Viera, Daniela Droz and Nashalí Enchautegui among others. Later in the production Salgado replaced Angel Viera as Paul at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center.[2]

On February 8, 2007 Salgado opened his second Off-Broadway show with the musical In the Heights. He appeared in the film Across the Universe directed by Julie Taymor and American Gangster. Also in the same year served as assistant to associate choreographer: Central Park scene for the film Enchanted.

In 2008 Salgado transferred to Broadway as Jose, as well as Latin Assistant Choreographer in the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights, directed by Thomas Kail, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, with music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda; book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.[3] For In the Heights, the entire cast won a Drama Desk Award, and Salgado and the ensemble won an ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus from Actors' Equity Association.[4] This same year he played the role of Alejandro in the film Step Up 2: The Streets. Salgado also collaborated with Jamal Sims as Latin Assistant choreographer for the film.

In 2010 Salgado debuted at The Public Theater in a free outdoor concert staging of Paul Simon's The Capeman at the Delacorte Theater directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. He also played the role of "Malik" on Broadway in the Lincoln Center musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell and, Laura Benanti. The production was directed by Bartlett Sher and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli.[5]

Salgado produced the "Dare to Go Beyond: The Album" for R.Evolución Latina featuring Broadway stars Corbin Bleu, Andréa Burns and Joshua Henry among others. The CD was released on December 13, 2010.[6]

In 2014 Salgado gave life to the role of Kid Rizzo in the musical Rocky the Musical at the Winter Garden Theatre.[7] directed by Alex Timbers; choreographed by Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine.

In 2015 Salgado portrayed film director/choreographer Kenny Ortega in On Your Feet! a musical about the lives of Gloria and Emilio Estefan both in the pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago and the Broadway production that began previews on November 5, 2015.[8] directed by Jerry Mitchell and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. In 2017 Salgado returned to On Your Feet! as associate director in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Salgado has also directed, choreographed and developed new shows including Song of Solomon (Best Director),[9] Zuccotti Park (Best Director),[10] and Zapata The Musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival,[11] DC-7 The Roberto Clemente Story,[12] Shafrika The White Girl,[13] I'll Be Damned [14](Tina Award nominee for Best Choreography),[15] Drop Outs and Serenade[16] (HOLA Award, Best Choreography). On film and television he has choreographed the animated film Dora's Explorer Girls, and music videos for Wonka and McDonald's Latinos Are One – LR1 single Maña y Corazón.

In 2017 Salgado directed and choreographed the U.S. premiere of In the Heights at GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, D.C [17] (Helen Hayes, Best Direction and Best Choreography).[18] In the same year he co-choreographed the (ABC) remake of Dirty Dancing starring Abigail Breslin.

In 2018 Salgado directed and choreographed Ragtime[19] at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center [6] in Deal New Jersey.

Salgado returns from Germany to direct and choreograph a new bilingual version of Fame - The Musical it opened at Gala Hispanic Theatre on May 9, 2019.[20] In June, the same year he directs the musical Aida by Elton John and Tim Rice at Axelrod Performing Arts Center starring American Idol's, Ace Young.

In 2011, he founded Salgado Productions, a production company committed to developing new works and creating "Art with a Purpose". The company's projects include Amigo Duende, The Musical[21] (a musical adaptation of the classic Puerto Rican children's play), Candela Fuerza y Pasión[22] (A New Musical Spectacular in Lima, Perú), as well as the 50th anniversary concert of Peruvian singer Cecilia Bracamonte.[23]

Salgado is the founder and CEO of R.Evolución Latina, an organization that seeks to empower the Hispanic community through educational programming and partnerships. The organization's best-known initiatives are the Dare to Go Beyond Children's Performing Arts Camp,[24] D2GB School Arts program and the Beyond Workshops Series, a 2-week annual professional development program for adult performers.

Salgado is a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway and a faculty member at Alvin Ailey. Salgado released a five-volume instructional Latin Dance DVD series for Tezoro Productions, which covers the basics of salsa, Mambo, Carnival, Merengue and Plena music.[25]

In 2019 Salgado directed a new bilingual (LatinX) production of Fame The Musical at the GALA Theatre in Washington, D.C., which opened to rave reviews from the Washington Post, on May 9, 2019.[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2007 ACCA Award (Actors' Equity Association) Outstanding Broadway Chorus In the Heights Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Ensemble Performance Won
2008 HOLA Award Outstanding Achievement in Production / Choreography Serenade the Musical Won
2011 Tina Award Best Choreographer I'll be Damned Nominated
2014 Thespis Festival Best Director Song of Solomon Won
2015 Venus/Adonis Festival Best Director Zuccotti Park Won
2016 Astaire Awards Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway On Your Feet Nominated
2018 Helen Hayes Award Best Direction In the Heights Won
2018 Helen Hayes Award Best Choreography In the Heights Won

Salgado has received multiple recognitions, including the Gypsy of the Month Award,[27] Grand Marshall of NY Dance Parade (2009), and the recognition El Award "Hombres Destacados" by el Diario La Prensa in 2010.


  1. ^ Hernandez, Ernio "Broadway-Bound Musical The Mambo Kings Hits San Francisco Stage May 24",, May 24, 2005
  2. ^ Alegre Barrios, Mario "Con poco más de medio centenar de personas en escena, el musical "A Chorus Line" se apodera desde esta noche del CBA de Caguas",, October 26, 2006
  3. ^ "On Top of the World! In the Heights' Exuberant Broadway Opening", 2008
  4. ^ Staff "In the Heights Wins Actors' Equity Outstanding Broadway Chorus Award",, September 10, 2008
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew "Salgado to Depart In the Heights; Capeman and Nervous Breakdown On the Horizon", July 19, 2010
  6. ^ Peter,Thomas "Corbin Bleu, Andrea Burns, Joshua Henry Featured On "Dare To Go Beyond" CD, Due in December",, November 30, 2010
  7. ^ Hernández Beltrán, Ruth E. "Rocky Balboa cambia el cuadrilátero por Broadway",, March 12, 2014
  8. ^ Blank, Matthew [1],, May 15, 2015
  9. ^ BWW News 'SONG OF SOLOMON's Luis Salgado Wins the Best Director at the 2014 NYC Thespis Festival", BroadwayWorld, September 6, 2014
  10. ^ BWW News "Luis Salgado Wins Best Director Award at 2015 NYC VENUS/ADONIS FESTIVAL", BroadwayWorld, March 8, 2015
  11. ^ BWW News 'Luis Salgado to Choreograph ZAPATA AT NYMF' BroadwayWorld, June 27, 2012
  12. ^ Wren, Celia, "‘DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre" The Washington Post, April 24, 2013
  13. ^ Staff "Anika Larsen to Star in Autobiographical Musical Shafrika, the White Girl",, May 13, 2009
  14. ^ Hetrick, Adam "I'll Be Damned, starring Mary Testa and Kenita Miller, Begins Off-Broadway July 1", July 1, 2010
  15. ^ BWW News "Tina Awards Launch; 2011 Nominations Announced", May 12, 2011
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew "Serenade, with Larsen and Henry, Ends Off-Broadway Run Dec. 15",, December 15, 2007
  17. ^ Page-Kirby, Kristen [2],, April 20, 2017
  18. ^ Washington Post news [3],, May 14, 2018
  19. ^ Two Rivers news [4],, March 9, 2018
  20. ^ Pressley, Nelson [5],, May 12, 2019
  21. ^ Gordon, David. "New Musical Amigo Duende by Joshua Henry, Heather Hogan, and Luis Salgado to Premiere at El Museo Del Barrio". Theatermania, September 5, 2012
  22. ^ "De Broadway a Lima: Luis Salgado presenta Candela" Terra, July 8, 2011
  23. ^ Arrieta, Ximena. "Cecilia Bracamonte nos canta en dos noches ‘Sin cuenta’", Publimetro, November 20, 2013
  24. ^ BWW News "Rickey Tripp, Rebecca Larkin and Luis Salgado Help Close R.Evolucion Latina's 7th Annual D2GB Camp", August 4, 2014
  25. ^ Desk, BWW News (2009). "IN THE HEIGHTS' Luis Salgado Releases New Latin Dance DVD". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
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  27. ^ Onofri, Adrienne, "GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Luis Salgado of 'In the Heights'", April 3, 2007

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