Friend of the podcast Carleigh Bettiol (Hamilton) shares her experience recently joining the cast of Broadway's Bandstand.
When I found out I would be joining the company of Bandstand, all I felt was excitement. I wasn’t nervous about learning all of the choreography because I felt like I had a leg up having just come off of Hamilton, the most dance-heavy show I have ever been in, with the same choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler. I knew the 'Andy-isms'. I was familiar with his style, even though Bandstand incorporates a ton of swing dancing, and Hamilton has more of a hip-hop feel to it.
I learned the entire track in less than two weeks and was STRESSED, haha. Learning any new show is difficult, no matter how prepared you think you are. You are not only learning choreography, but music, sequence of how specific numbers go, and sequence of how the entire show goes from scratch. If I was learning a show that I was already familiar with the music, or the structure of the show, things would have been a lot easier.
Bandstand has challenged me in the best way from day one. I’ve never been put into a show so quickly. Luckily for me, the entire company of Bandstand are DREAMS of humans. They welcomed me with open arms and offered me their help whenever and wherever I needed. I now, in under a month of performances with them, feel like I’ve been working with them all forever and am a part of the family. Bonus: the show is super fun to do and is really good!!!!, so come see us at Bandstand on Broadway on or before September 17!! The show is funny, energetic, entertaining, moving, and is for all.
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