Happy 81st Birthday Shirley MacLaine! Charity Hope Valentine “Sweet Charity” film, 1968

Today we send heartfelt happy birthday wishes to Sweet Charity taxi dancer star and Academy Award winning film actress friend Shirley MacLaine born April 24, 1934.

ShirleyMasterAsSweetCFBShirley MacLaine in title role costume as Charity Hope Valentine starring in Bob Fosses celebrated Hollywood roadshow Technicolor musical film Sweet Charity.  Having left shoulder applied tattoo of single arrowed heart reading the name of her no good boyfriend “CHARLIE”.

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Gwen Verdon “Upending” Paul Taylor Dance Company with Mikhail Baryshnikov & Rudolf Nureyev, 1981

In celebration of the 34 year performance anniversary, pictured are three original black and white news print press proof photographs with verso publication date “April 14 1981″ having corresponding caption affixed reading:

NEW YORK: Ballet superstars MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV and RUDOLF NUREYEV give a “lift” to musical comedy star GWEN VERDON as they practice for a guest appearance in a gala benefit for the Paul Taylor Dance Company at City Center 4/14. It is the first time the two dancers, preeminent in their discipline, have performed together.

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Bob Fosse NY Post “Lyceum’s got Fosse’s ghost” by Cindy Adams, 2015

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by Cindy Adams as published New York Post, Monday, April 6, 2015 page 14

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Gwen Verdon candid photographs at home, 1960s

Pictured below are three candid black and white photographs of four time Tony award winner Gwen Verdon at her New York City East Side and 91 Central Park West homes.  Gwen Verdon is featured enjoying the company of her two adored white deaf tabby cats, standing outside her gated organic gardening terrace, and window cabinet seated between a figurative pair of Napoleonic soldier cast candlesticks.

GwenWhiteCatsPhotographer emboss stamped lower right reading “GEORGE LAKE N.Y.C.” measuring 8 by 10 inches overall.

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Bob Fosse Dancin’ national tour press photograph, 1980

Bob Fosse’s Tony award winning musical revue Dancin’ national tour original black and white news print press proof photograph. With verso publication date red ink blind stamped “DEC 24 1980.” having corresponding newspaper clipping affixed reading:

By Robert Alan Ross, St. Petersburg Times Critic

The show has no plot, message or consistent characters. Even so, Dancin’ delivers what its title promises. As one players says in his first-act greeting, it’s “dancing, some singing, and a lot more dancing.”

Strong, attractive and well-rehearsed, the national touring company of Dancin’ opening a six day local visit Tuesday night at the Bayfront theater, pleasing a capacity audience with Bob Fosse’s carnival of musical motion.”

A COLLECTION of routines that earned a Tony for director/choreographer Fosse in 1978, Danicn’ steps through a dozen styles in its three acts. But there’s an obvious reason for the apostrophe in the title.”DancinLine1980FBcv

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Bob Fosse dance shoes “La Ray Footwear” a closer look

American Emmy, Tony, and Academy Award winning choreographer Bob Fosse’s personal dance shoes. Being a pair of black suede leather dance lace-up shoes, having round toe with well-worn soles.  Each inner sole has seller monogram stamp reading “La Ray Footwear / 107 W 46th St / New York City,” no size label present. The left shoe inner side has “Bob” longhand written in black ink with other numbers faintly marked. Showing apparent signs of significant wear or use, soiled having numerous stains. Measuring approximately 10 1/4 inches in length.

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Happy Birthday Michael York! “Cabaret” film lobby cards, 1972

Today we send happy birthday wishes to star Cabaret actor Michael York born March 27, 1942. British writer Brian Roberts was Michael York’s title character role in Bob Fosse’s 1973 eight time Academy Award winning musical film Cabaret. The film is set in 1931 Berlin and the Kit Kat Klub where Liza Minnelli is entertainer Sally Bowles and Joel Grey plays the Emcee.

Pictured below are five promotional printed Cabaret (United Artists, 1972) movie theater display lobby cards featuring Michael York with his co-stars Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, each measuring 11 x 14 inches overall.

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Bob Fosse Danicn’ Choreographer Tony Award, 1978

Overview image of Bob Fosse’s bestowed nickel patina Tony Award medallion reading: “The American Theatre Wing presents to Bob Fosse, Choreographer For Distinguished Achievement in Theatre, DANCIN’, 1978 measuring 3 inches in diameter, trophy mounted.

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March (Mambo) Madness!

ERP!  It was a mambo-filled week at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center as dancers learned “Who’s Got the Pain?” from Damn Yankees.  Valarie Pettiford and Lloyd Culbreath helped reconstruct the dynamic duet—performed by Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in the film version of the Tony-winning musical.

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Gwen Verdon “Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus” Sweet Charity, 1966

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus officially announces today that they are eliminating elephant acts from their shows and all elephants will be relocated to their Center for Elephant Conservation.

The circus plans to phase out elephant acts by 2018.  Their 43 elephants will live at the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida. Twenty-nine animals are already there, and the other 14 will arrive as they are phased out from the circus. Elephant acts have been showcased by Ringling Bros for more than a century.

Pictured below are two original black and white press call or news print publicity photograph proofs featuring Gwen Verdon in full costume as Charity Hope Valentine in the original 1966 Tony award winning Broadway “musical smash” hit Sweet Charity conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse.  Gwen Verdon is pictured gallantly waving her right arm atop a Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance used elephant with side promotional panels reading “Sweet Charity.”GwenRinglingBro Continue reading