“The most touching moment occurred when [Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon’s] grandson, Noah Fosse, who admitted to never getting to meet his grandfather, recalled his grandmother as being his “best friend” and–as a senior citizen–still building forts by toppling the couches in the living room. Thank goodness for (their daughter) Nicole and Noah who continue to honor and promote the Verdon Fosse Legacy! In a titillating trio that displayed exactly why Bob Fosse has maintained such an exalted status, the star of the FX series Fosse/Verdon who played Chita Rivera–Bianca Pamela Marroquin–along with the slinky, sexy dance studs Nicholas de la Vega and Nicholas Sipes, performed the number “I Gotcha” from Liza With a Z that garnered Fosse awards and recognition in his landmark year, 1972. The scintillating threesome brought sizzle to the evening with their red-hot presentation. With her swinging ponytail, long legs, knocked knees and quirky attitude, Marroquin channeled Minelli on stage as flawlessly as she did Rivera on the screen. Mimi Quillin, who worked with Fosse and Verdon, reconstructed the smokin’ dance from a video, which the talented dancers adapted to in almost no time. The two Nicks referred to one of the most thrilling, iconic and challenging signature Fosse moves–the scoot–where they crawl across the stage, stiff upper body, shuffling feet and bent knees (a bit like Voguing but more painful) as “the thigh burner.”
The Verdon Fosse Legacy was honored to partake in the 4th annual Dancers for Good benefit concert in support of The Actors Fund. The event, held at Guild Hall in East Hampton, was hosted by Cady Huffman (Bob Fosse’s BIG DEAL) and honored Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon for their Lifetime Achievement. Their middle grandson, Noah Fosse, accepted the honor on behalf of the Verdon Fosse Legacy. The Legacy also closed the show with a performance of “I Gotcha,” the fun and funky trio from Bob Fosse’s Emmy-winning “Liza with a Z” (1972). Mimi Quillin reconstructed the piece which starred Bianca Marroquin (Chita Rivera in FX’s “Fosse Verdon), Nicolas de la Vega, and Nicholas Sipes. It was a magical evening filled with incredible dancing for an incredible cause. For more information about Dancers for Good, visit www.dancersforgood.org.
On June 17th, The Transport Group presented SWEET CHARITY in concert, celebrating the 1966 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields, Bob Fosse, and Gwen Verdon musical with Broadway performances of song and dance accompanied by a live 23-piece orchestra.
The Verdon Fosse Legacy contributed two reconstructed works for the performance: “Big Spender” (reconstructed by Dana Moore) and “If My Friends Could See Me Now” (reconstructed by Mimi Quillin.
The ladies of “Big Spender” (L to R: Alyssa Epstein, Danelle Morgan, Christine Sienicki, Anna Schnaitter, Kenna Morris Garcia, Lauren Blackman, Naomi Kakuk, Emily Grace Kersey, Kaylee Olson, and Caitlin Abraham)
Jessica Lee Goldyn backstage before “If My Friends Could See Me Now”
Musical direction by Joey Chancey.
Directed by Jack Cummings III.
Hosted by Dana Moore and Mimi Quillin.
The Verdon Fosse Legacy held another wonderful week of Fosse master classes at Steps on Broadway earlier this month. Classes were taught by Fosse veterans: Spence Ford, Mimi Quillin, and Stephanie Pope. Take a look at some photos and a short video clip from Stephanie’s class:
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Congratulations to the dancers of La Guardia High School’s senior showcase. The Verdon Fosse Legacy was honored to reconstruct Bob Fosse’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” (DANCIN’ 1978) for the show’s finale. Lloyd Culbreath and VFL protege, Alyssa Epstein, reconstructed the entire 13-minute work. La Guardia’s band provided invigorating live orchestration for this musically magical piece of choreography. Here are a few highlights from the performance. Thank you to Gregory Sinacori and the La Guardia dance department administration for making this possible. (Photography: Scott Allen, Costumes: Keiko Voltaire)
The dancers will revive their show-stopping performance at this year’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival in early August. Stay tuned for more!
The Verdon Fosse Legacy performed in the 9th annual Dance Against Cancer event at Lincoln Center. This year’s event raised over $450,000 for The American Cancer Society. Verdon Fosse Legacy Protege, Michael McArthur, reconstructed “Mexican Breakfast” (Ed Sullivan Show, 1969) for a trio of VFL dancers (Alyssa Epstein, Nicolas de la Vega, and Nicholas Sipes) and students from the Kanyok Arts Institute. Thank you to all of the dancers, donors, and administrators that helped facilitate this incredible performance for an incredible cause.
Linda Haberman taught a sold-out FOSSE Work Session at Steps on Broadway. Haberman served as assistant choreographer for Bob Fosse’s last original musical, BIG DEAL, and also performed in DANCIN’ and PIPPIN. Check out a short video clip from class (“Beat Me Daddy” from BIG DEAL).
Broadway Dance Center is proud to host The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC for a series of 3-hour master classes, in which students will learn iconic Fosse® rep under the direction of Fosse® veterans. Don’t miss your chance to train in one of Broadway’s most acclaimed techniques! These Adv FOSSE® REP classes are for dancers ages 16+.
Each week, students will learn choreography from the previous episode of Fosse/Verdon on FX! Click here to register.