RIP Shannon Bolin

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Ray Walston, Robert Shafer, and Shannon Bolin in the 1958 film “Damn Yankees”

The Verdon Fosse Legacy mourns the death of Shannon Bolin (1/1/17-3/25/16).  Bolin starred as Meg (wife of Joe Boyd) in the original 1955 Broadway production of DAMN YANKEES and revived the role in the 1958 film version.

NY Times: Shannon Bolin, 99, Actress Who Starred in ‘Damn Yankees,’ Dies

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Shannon Bolin and Nicole Fosse (with sons Noah and Leif) at the 2008 NY City Center opening night of DAMN YANKEES 

The VerdonFosse Legacy lives on

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Last Wednesday Dancers over 40 hosted “All That Verdon! All That Fosse!” and it was a truly spectacular evening.  We’d like to extend our thanks to all of the panelists for sharing their stories, questions, discussions, video clips, and talents and for celebrating and promoting the legacy of Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse.  Thank you also, of course, to John Sefakis and Dancers over 40 for making the event possible and to Nel Shelby Productions for videography and film editing.  It takes a village to keep a legacy alive.  And this event proved that the legacy is alive and kicking!

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Dana Moore, Lloyd Culbreath, and Valarie Pettiford

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Pam Sousa, Nicole Fosse, Gene Foote, Kathryn Doby, and Diane Laurenson

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Ken Urmston, John Sefakis, Dick Korthaze, Harvey Evans, and George Marcy

“All That Verdon! All That Fosse!” event with Dancers over 40

On March 23rd Dancers over 40 will be hosting an evening entitled “All That Verdon! All That Fosse!”  The event will focus on the past, present, and future of the Verdon Fosse Legacy.  Panelists include Nicole Fosse, Lloyd Culbreath, Kathryn Doby, Harvey Evans, Gene Foote, Richard Korthaze, Diane Laurenson, George Marcy, Dana Moore, Valarie Pettiford, Mimi Quillin, Pam Sousa, Ken Urmston.  A few of our master class students will discuss their participation and experience learning and reconstructing Bob’s choreography.  Finally, authors Kevin Winkler and John Gilvey will discuss their respective books-in-progress, Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical and Brains and Talent: The Life and Allure of Legendary Entertainer Gwen Verdon.

“All That Verdon! All That Fosse!” is sure to be a spectacular event of talent, story-telling, video clips, and special performances.  Thank you to John Sefakis and Dancers over 40 for helping to organize and orchestrate this evening.

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“All That Verdon! All That Fosse!” will take place Wednesday, March 23rd at 7pm at St. Luke’s Theatre (308 W. 46th Street).  For tickets, visit www.telecharge.com.