This summer the The Fosse Master Class Series was honored to have the one and only Louise Quick teach “The Manson Trio” from Bob Fosse’s original production of Pippin. Louise worked with Fosse in pre-production on all the dance numbers for that show. She later went on to London with Gene Foote to stage that production of Pippin.
And they just keep on coming!! The force of nature known as Gene Foote stopped by the Fosse Master Class Series on Thursday. Gene (Original Cast member of Pippin, Sweet Charity, and Chicago) took time to tell stories, give history of movements, and clean the participants learning The Frug from Sweet Charity. All attending were inspired by Gene’s love of his craft and his heartfelt respect for Bob Fosse. More guest appearances to come in 2014………
(Left to Right) Chicago Original Cast Members Candy Brown, Gene Foote, Jerry Orbach, Ron Schwinn, Pamela Sousa, and Dick Korthaze
All this week the Fosse Master Class Series is taking on learning The Frug from Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity at Manhattan Movement and Art….Today the morning session was graced with Fosse veterans Carolyn Kirsch and Penny Worth sitting in on the class. Just next door Donna McKecknie, Baayork Lee, and Margo Sappington were filming their signature number from Promises Promises…Turkey Lurky Time. All three ladies stopped by class for a quick run through of what Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford had taught the “Fosse Kids” so far. Just another day of Broadway legends…..OMG!!!!!
I am still reeling from the shear force of talent known as Chita Rivera ..Tonight was one of those nights in theater that are too far and few between….Chita’s tribute to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was OFF THE CHAIN YA”LL…So great to be with Valarie Pettiford, Dana Moore, Mary Callahan, and Roumel Reaux representing The Verdon Fosse Estate …..loved sitting next to Andrea Burns while watching my West Side Story buddies Robert Montano, Ramon Del Barrio, and Richard Amaro, and Fosse Master Class teacher Lloyd Culbreath back up Chita….oh yes I’m dropping names…saw John Sefakis, Harvey Evans, Jim Caruso,Kevin Spirtas, Charles Scatamocchia, divalish Carol Schuberg, Jerry McIntyre….and ….Fosse Master Class participants Gabriela Garcia of R.Evolucion Latina, Olivia Bowman Jackson, and Abdur-Rahim Jackson.
In the words of Dana Moore..”it was such a magnificent, once in a lifetime, spirit lifting event!”
Steve Jones, Fosse Master Class Series, Assistant to Nicole Fosse
Great highlights video of the evening below. At the 1:58 mark Chita pays tribute to Gwen Verdon while singing “Nowadays” from the Broadway musical Chicago.