Bob Fosse’s “Hernandos Hideaway” hand embellished textile, 1954

Possibly production used hand embellished textile, being primarily constructed of a heavy black woven wool material having hand sewn golden metallic sequined letters reading “Hernando’s Hideaway” outlined with corresponding side-by-side bugle beads painted over with a red gloss paint, appears to be nail polish. Considerable amount of surface paint-loss to sequins and beads present, also having fabric corner tears consistent with age and or possible performance use.

“Hernando’s Hideaway” is a tango show tune, largely in Long Metre, from Act II of the musical The Pajama Game, written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, published in 1954. The lyrics describe a dark and secretive Continue reading

Bob Fosse’s Mr. Abbott Award, 1986

Named in honor of the legendary director George Abbott, the “Mr. Abbott” award is presented to a director or choreographer in recognition of lifetime achievement in American theatre. Pictured below is Bob Fosse’s cast bronze “Mr. Abbott” award measuring ten inches in height and having the front engraved placard reading:

 “The Mr. Abbott for Lifetime Achievement In The Theatre Awarded to Bob Fosse 1986 by Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation”

Founded in 1965, Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation exists to foster, promote and develop the creativity and craft of stage directors and choreographers. Continue reading

Bob Fosse’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Award Cabaret, 1972


This particular British Film Academy Award is also known as the “Stella Award” and was bestowed to winners from 1968 to 1975. Being a Wedgwood commissioned Black Basalt figurative statue presented during the BAFTA awards ceremony and specially designed by Wedgwood sculptor Eric Owen. The freestanding trophy or whole figure measures nine inches in height and has five lines of gold lettering front of circular pedestal base reading:

“The Society of FIlm and Television Arts, 1972 Film Award, The Best Director, CABARET, Bob Fosse”

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a charity in the United Kingdom that hosts annual awards shows for excellence in film, television, television craft, video games and forms of animation.

“The Musical Smash at the Palace” Gwen Verdon starring in Sweet Charity, 1965

In 1965, The Nederlanders turned New York City’s famed Palace Theatre into a legitimate theatrical stage for the opening of Sweet Charity starring Gwen Verdon.

Gwen Verdon played the title role of Charity Hope Valentine, a taxi dancer at a dance hall called the “Fandango Ballroom” in Times Square, New York City.

Today the Palace Theatre has 1,740 seats and is one of The Nederlander Organization’s nine Broadway theatres.

Below pictured front cover of the 1966 original Broadway production program of Sweet Charity reading in part: Continue reading

Bob Fosse’s manuscript Pal Joey, 1963

Bob Fosse’s well-used personal working manuscript having front cover centered handwritten label reading “Pal Joey” and lower right side “Bob Fosse.” This was used by Fosse durring the highly acclaimed 1963 musical theater revival. The original 1940 Pal Joey Broadway production was directed by George Abbott and starred Gene Kelly.

The Pal Joey 1952 revival was met with greater success than the original production. It opened on January 3, 1952 and closed on April 18, 1953, after 540 performances. Bob Fosse was the understudy for Joey Evans.

Then some ten years later in 1963 Pal Joey was produced off-Broadway for 15 performances at New York City Center and starred Bob Fosse as Joey Evans, Viveca Lindfors as Vera, and Kay Medford as Melba.

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“REDHEAD” Gwen Verdon’s promotional flyer from the National Theatre, New Years Eve 1958

A single page advertising handbill (flyer) promoting ticket sales for the pre-Broadway tryout of the Dorothy Fields musical comedy “REDHEAD” at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. beginning “December 30th, 1958.” “REDHEAD” was in full production over the 1958 New Years Eve holiday and first two weeks of January in 1959.

“Entire Production Directed and Choreographed by BOB FOSSE”

Advertising handbills (heralds) were distributed or inserted into the playbills of other productions to help generate ticket sales for upcoming shows and events. This single page, two-sided handbill measures 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches and includes a ticket order form with promotional text on the backside reading in-part: Continue reading

Gwen Verdon’s TIME Magazine Cover Damn Yankees, 1955

Overview of vintage “TIME The Weekly Newsmagazine” cover from “JUNE 13, 1955″ costing “TWENTY CENTS” reading right center of costumed character Lola cover-art illustration “Gwen Verdon of Damn Yankees” with a subscription cost of “$6.00 A Year” issue number “VOL. LXV NO.24.”

 Read published TIME article “The Devil’s Discipline” Continue reading

Age 27 Bob Fosse’s first Broadway production program The Pajama Game, 1954

Bob Fosse's first Broadway show, The Pajama Game, 1954 | research property of Brian Cummings

The Pajama Game original Broadway production opened on May 13, 1954, and closed on November 24, 1956, after 1,063 performances. It was directed by George Abbott and Jerome Robbins and featured all original choreography by the then 27 year old Bob Fosse.

Above detail image from the 1954 “Who’s Who in The Cast” original The Pajama Game Broadway program reading in part:

“Bob Fosse brings to his first job of choreography on Broadway a wealth of experience gained as a performer and as a stager of dances for musicals on the summer circuits.”

The Pajama Game original cast included John Raitt, Janis Paige, Eddie Foy, Jr, Carol Haney, and Stanley Prager.

This particular production of The Pajama Game is also known for helping with the stardom of  Continue reading

Gwen Verdon’s cover of Our Navy, 1954

Overview image of “Our Navy” periodical, an American servicemen magazine which began publication in 1897 and was published on the 1st and 15th of each month. Each issue had several long running article series related to Navy training and history, as well as nautical life. Additionally each issue ranged from 66 to 82 pages with a format of 8-3/8 x 11 inches.

This particular issue features a young recent Tony award-winning dancer actress Gwen Verdon on the cover. Continue reading