VIDEO: So You Think You Can Bottle Dance? Take FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Tutorial
It's been said that director/choreographer Jerome Robbins crashed a lot of Orthodox Jewish weddings when he was researching his dances for the original Broadway production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. At one of them he was not only delighted at the sight of a gregarious gentlemen entertaining attendees by pretending to be drunk while balancing a bottle on his head, but was inspired to create a unison dance for an ensemble of men to perform at the first act's climactic wedding scene.
The bottle dance has become one of Broadway's most iconic dance moments, thrilling audiences with its exacting maneuvers and frustrating high school and community theatre performers who try doing it without a bit of cheating.
So you thing you can bottle dance? Maybe you can after taking this special video tutorial from Hofesh Shechter, choreographer of the current hit revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and associate choreographer, Christopher Evans.
A beloved theatrical classic from Tony Award-winner Joseph Stein, and Pulitzer Prize- Bock and Sheldon Harnick, the production is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The King and I); choreographed by the acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter; inspired by the original choreography of Jerome Robbins; and has musical direction by Ted Sperling.
Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. This classic musical is rich with Broadway hits, including "To Life (L'Chaim!)," "If I Were A Rich Man," "Sunrise Sunset," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," and "Tradition."
The cast of Fiddler on the Roof features five-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner Danny Burstein (Cabaret, Golden Boy, Follies, South Pacific) as Tevye, Tony-nominee Jessica Hecht (A View From the Bridge, "Breaking Bad," The Last Night of Ballyhoo) as Golde, Jenny Rose Baker (Annie Get Your Gun) as Shprintze, Michael C. Bernardi as Mordcha, Adam Dannheisser (Rock of Ages, The Coast of Utopia) as Lazar Wolf,Hayley Feinstein (Shrek The Musical, National Tour) as Bielke, Mitch Greenberg (It Shoulda Been You) as Yussel and the Beggar, Adam Grupper (The Addams Family) as the Rabbi,Adam Kantor (The Last Five Years, Next to Normal, Rent) as Motel, Karl Kenzler (You Can't Take It With You, Mary Poppins) as the Constable, Alix Korey (All Shook Up, Chicago) as Yente, Jesse Kovarsky as The Fiddler, Samantha Massell (La Boheme) as Hodel, Melanie Moore (Finding Neverland, "So You Think You Can Dance") as Chava.
Fiddler on the Roof has scenic design by Michael Yeargan (Tony Award-nominee, The King and I), costume design by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award-winner, The King and I), lighting design byDonald Holder (Tony Award-nominee, The King and I), sound design by Scott Lehrer (Tony Award-winner, South Pacific), and hair and wig design by Tom Watson. Casting is by Telsey + Co./Abbie Brady Dalton.