Gwen Verdon, Marvin’s Room Miramax Films 1996

The life-affirming reminder of the gift we give ourselves when we love unconditionally is Marvin’s Room, Scott McPherson’s dramatic comedy about two estranged sisters who are forced back into each other’s lives by health crisis. The play has been presented in many incarnations, including an Off Broadway run in 1991, a year before Mr. McPherson’s death from AIDS complications at age 33, before his 1992 death he finished writing the screenplay later produced by Robert De Niro with Miramax Films in 1996. The seminal play has not been performed on a Broadway stage since. This month on 42nd street the Roundabout Theatre Company opens Marvin’s Room at the American Airlines Theatre.

In honor of the June 29th Marvin’s Room play revival we visit film scenes from the 1996 motion picture directed by Jerry Zaks with actress Gwen Verdon playing Ruth Wakefield, Marvin’s sister, starring award winning actors Meryl StreepLeonardo DiCaprioContinue reading

Director Richard Attenborough and Dancer Nicole Fosse Saturday Review, June 1985

Saturday Review magazine cover with headlines reading “They’re Young, Restless, Successful and Talented – Who Are The Young Meteors? / America’s Hot New Dancers What they do for love / Bringing A Chorus Line to the Screen: Director Richard Attenborough and Dancer Nicole Fosse,” dated June 1985 with newsstand cover price of $2.50.

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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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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

Bob Fosse Dancin’ two costume designs, 1978

Front full profile black and white original sketch from Bob Fosse’s Tony Award winning three act musical revue Dancin’ by noted Costume Designer Willa Kim featuring dancer in formal black two piece ensemble wearing white tie and vest with open tuxedo shirt having white flowered lapel and corresponding pocket square. DancinCostumeA Continue reading

Bob Fosse Dancin’ musical revue production photographs, 1978

Eleven promotional black and white production performance photographs featuring the “18 very hardworking dancers” of Bob Fosse’s Tony Award winning three act Broadway musical revue Dancin’ stepping through dozens of dance styles.

Calypso “Percussion” company end Act I

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