Mandolin Dance in R&Jwhy are the ABT and Royal cast differently
Posted 30 January 2008 - 04:00 PM
At ABT (basically the same production) the Mandolin dance is a tour de force for Mercutio. But the Royal version--well he was dressed like the rest of the Mandolin players and certainly didn't appear to be Mercutio.
After watching the Fonteyn and Nureyev version (all of which is on youtube), this was confirmed (as was someone's comment in an earlier thread that the leapfrogs were a later addition)
Any ideas why there is this difference between the productions?
Posted 30 January 2008 - 08:19 PM
Posted 31 January 2008 - 12:21 AM
BRB uses a "lead mandolin dancer" rather than Mercutio (and the costumes for this version of the dance are absolutely hideous!). The only comment I can make on the RB is that in the few performances I have seen there, it has not been Mercutio.
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