Happy 81st Birthday Shirley MacLaine! Charity Hope Valentine “Sweet Charity” film, 1968

Today we send heartfelt happy birthday wishes to Sweet Charity taxi dancer star and Academy Award winning film actress friend Shirley MacLaine born April 24, 1934.

ShirleyMasterAsSweetCFBShirley MacLaine in title role costume as Charity Hope Valentine starring in Bob Fosses celebrated Hollywood roadshow Technicolor musical film Sweet Charity.  Having left shoulder applied tattoo of single arrowed heart reading the name of her no good boyfriend “CHARLIE”.

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Gwen Verdon “Upending” Paul Taylor Dance Company with Mikhail Baryshnikov & Rudolf Nureyev, 1981

In celebration of the 34 year performance anniversary, pictured are three original black and white news print press proof photographs with verso publication date “April 14 1981″ having corresponding caption affixed reading:

NEW YORK: Ballet superstars MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV and RUDOLF NUREYEV give a “lift” to musical comedy star GWEN VERDON as they practice for a guest appearance in a gala benefit for the Paul Taylor Dance Company at City Center 4/14. It is the first time the two dancers, preeminent in their discipline, have performed together.

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Bob Fosse NY Post “Lyceum’s got Fosse’s ghost” by Cindy Adams, 2015

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by Cindy Adams as published New York Post, Monday, April 6, 2015 page 14

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Gwen Verdon candid photographs at home, 1960s

Pictured below are three candid black and white photographs of four time Tony award winner Gwen Verdon at her New York City East Side and 91 Central Park West homes.  Gwen Verdon is featured enjoying the company of her two adored white deaf tabby cats, standing outside her gated organic gardening terrace, and window cabinet seated between a figurative pair of Napoleonic soldier cast candlesticks.

GwenWhiteCatsPhotographer emboss stamped lower right reading “GEORGE LAKE N.Y.C.” measuring 8 by 10 inches overall.

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March (Mambo) Madness!

ERP!  It was a mambo-filled week at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center as dancers learned “Who’s Got the Pain?” from Damn Yankees.  Valarie Pettiford and Lloyd Culbreath helped reconstruct the dynamic duet—performed by Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in the film version of the Tony-winning musical.

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February Master Class was Dancin’ Dancin’ Dancin’

Thank you to the small but mighty group of dancers who braved the cold and danced with us this month in our February Master Class.  The dancers learned “Dancin’ Man” (a duet version that Bob and Gwen performed on the Gary Moore show in 1958), revisited “Trumpet Solo” from Dancin’, and even tackled a bit of “Crunchy Granola Suite” from Dancin’ for good measure.

Morning class with Lloyd Culbreath and Dana Moore

Morning class with Lloyd Culbreath and Dana Moore

Afternoon class with Lloyd Culbreath and Dana Moore

Afternoon class with Lloyd Culbreath and Dana Moore

We hope you’ll join us for our next week of classes March 16-20.  E-mail theverdonfosselegacyllc@gmail.com for more information.

“All That Jazz” 35th Anniversary Screening at the Dance on Camera Festival

On February 1st All That Jazz was screened as part of the Dance on Camera Film Festival 2015 a co-presentation with Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
 
The film screening included a panel discussion with assistant choreographer Gene Foote, Nicole Fosse, and two dancers from the film: Eileen Casey and Candace Tovar.

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“It’s showtime, folks!” That’s the refrain of anxiety-ridden and unhealthfully driven choreographer Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) at the center of Fosse’s semi-autobiographical musical extravaganza, also featuring star turns by Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, and Jessica Lange. Scheider is never less than captivating in his portrayal of Gideon, a complicated figure not so secretly patterned after Fosse himself. Long out of circulation, the Oscar-winning tour de force is back on the big screen after a 15-year 4K digital restoration by The Film Foundation.

Gene Foote, Eileen Casey, Nicole Fosse, and Candace Tovar photo credit: Dance Films Association

Gene Foote, Eileen Casey, Nicole Fosse, and Candace Tovar
photo credit: Dance Films Association

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RIP Joseph P. Harris, Broadway producer and general manager

The Verdon Fosse Legacy mourns the loss of Joseph P. Harris, one of Broadway’s acclaimed producers and general managers.  Mr. Harris served as company manager for Can Can starring Gwen Verdon in 1953, was general manager for the original production of Sweet Charity in 1966 and for Pippin in 1972,  produced Chicago in 1975, was general manager for Big Deal  in 1986, won the Tony for the revival of Sweet Charity starring Debbie Allen in 1986, and was associated with over 200 other plays and musicals during his lifetime.  He died peacefully last Wednesday (2/11) at his home in Greenwich, CT.

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January Master Class starts 2015 off with a BANG!

Our first master class kicked off the new year with great dancing and great energy.  Hinton Battle and Ann Reinking led the classes and were assisted by Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford, and Dana Moore.  The Verdon Fosse Legacy would like to thank all of the talented dancers who joined us this past week.  We hope you will come dance with us next month (the week of February 16th) for another exciting reconstruction of Bob Fosse’s choreography.  To join our e-mail blast contact theverdonfosselegacyllc@gmail.com.

Ann Reinking (with Valarie Pettiford, Hinton Battle, Gary Chryst, Lloyd Culbreath, and Dana Moore) teaches "Trumpet Solo" from DANCIN'

Ann Reinking (with Valarie Pettiford, Hinton Battle, Gary Chryst, Lloyd Culbreath, and Dana Moore) teaches “Trumpet Solo” from DANCIN’

Hinton Battle (with Valarie Pettiford, Lloyd Culbreath, and Gary Chryst) teaches "Percussion 4" from DANCIN'

Hinton Battle (with Valarie Pettiford, Lloyd Culbreath, and Gary Chryst) teaches “Percussion 4″ from DANCIN’