Lucas Segovia (Joffrey Ballet, An American in Paris) trained extensively with Verdon Fosse Legacy reconstructeur, Lloyd Culbreath, on “Percussion 4,” an incredibly technical and athletic ballet solo from DANCIN’. “It’s not often that you run across a talented ballet dancer who has such a feel for jazz and theatre dance,” remarked Culbreath. Segovia performed the solo at a number of benefit performances in Argentina.
Verdon Fosse Legacy reconstructeur, Lloyd Culbreath, recently traveled to Amsterdam, Netherlands to work with students at the Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts. Lloyd set “Take Off with Us” from the film, “All That Jazz.”
Of the experience, Culbreath noted, “What a pleasure it was to work with such multi-talented students in such an artistically stimulating environment.”
This was The Verdon Fosse Legacy’s 5th time working with students from Lucia Marthas.
photo: Sjoerd Derine
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Sarah Bowden performed “Whatever Lola Wants” for Bay Street Theater’s 27th Annual Summer Gala earlier this summer. James Kinney (FOSSE) and Alex Nordin reconstructed the iconic piece with additional coaching provided by Nicole Fosse.
FOX television recently released that an untitled Bob Fosse/Gwen Verdon miniseries is in the works. Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams are set to star in the leading roles and the creative team is comprised of Lin-Manuel Miranda (producer), Tommy Kail (director), Steven Levenson (book), and Andy Blankenbuehler (choreographer).
“Based on Fosse, the biography written by Sam Wasson, the limited series tells the story of the singular romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. He was a visionary filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors, she was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. (you can watch one of their classic dance numbers under the post.) Together they changed the face of American entertainment – at a perilous cost. Featuring Fosse’s choreography, the series explores the hidden corners of show business, the price of pursuing greatness, and the suffering inflicted in the name of art” (Nelly Andreeva for Deadline).
Nicole Fosse, artistic director of The Verdon Fosse Legacy and co-producer of this upcoming project, remarked, “My mother and father have one of the greatest love stories ever known. They were extremely complex people with an indestructible bond, loyalty, and trust that endured both fantasy and reality. Finally, we have a creative team with the talent and wisdom to tell the story.”
To honor the late, great Gwen Verdon, LaDuca Shoes is launching a limited-edition dance shoe called the “Gwen.” Named after Broadway legend, Gwen Verdon, the stunning new LaDuca boot features a 3-inch heel, a leather and suede dual finish, a medial zipper, and a soft, flexible sole. Only 24 pairs of this beautiful shoe will be available at the LaDuca summer sale July 28-29. Don’t miss the chance to get yourself a pair in homage to one of Broadway’s leading legends, Gwen Verdon.
photo: Mallory Pettee
Pictured above is Chita Rivera, Gwen Verdon’s partner in crime from the original production of CHICAGO, the first to don the new “Gwen” shoe.