5 Things We Learned at TCA 2019: Day 7
“Fosse/Verdon” Leans on Fosse Biography, Nicole Fosse for Accuracy
The upcoming eight-episode series, starring Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse and Michelle Williams as his partner Gwen Verdon, is based on Sam Wasson’s “Fosse” biography and the input of Nicole Fosse, the pair’s daughter who acts as a producer for the show. But when asked if “Fosse/Verdon” reached out to anyone else depicted in the series (including Shirley MacClaine and Ann Reinking), especially after Olivia de Havilland sued over the portrayal of her on “Feud,” the creative team demurred, pointing to the extensive research and interviews that Wasson had originally done for the book.
“There’s also archival material and all sorts of other stuff to look at,” said executive producer Joel Fields, who most recently painstakingly fact-checked fact versus fiction on “The Americans.” “But our goal is to explore a relationship between [Fosse and Verdon] and to do it in an authentic way, and we are never looking to whip something up. So I don’t think that’s been an issue for us. It’s been easy to follow what the truth was as we see it and to try to let the drama flow out of that.”
The mission of The Verdon Fosse Legacy is to promote, preserve, and protect the artistic and intellectual property of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. We are excited to announce the inaugural VFL Protégé Program, an invited educational and experiential training for the next generation of teachers and reconstructeurs of Bob Fosse’s choreography.
The Verdon Fosse Legacy would like to welcome Michael McArthur to our newly realized Protégé Program. Michael has been studying, performing, and assisting various teachers at the Verdon Fosse Legacy for several years. He has vast experience working in film and on stage in many disciplines in dance including modern, ballet, and jazz, and has served both as a swing and dance captain. Michael also spent 10 years with the Radio City Rockettes under the direction of Bob Fosse dancer, Linda Haberman.
The FX miniseries FOSSE/VERDON will premiere on April 9th, 2019. The show stars Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams in the title roles. Nicole Fosse is co-executive producer.
UK dancers and fans were able to catch us on the BBC’s “The Sound of Movie Musicals with Neil Brand.” Dancers from The Verdon Fosse Legacy worked on Bob Fosse’s “Rich Man’s Frug” from SWEET CHARITY (1966) under the direction of Lloyd Culbreath and Dana Moore. To check out a teaser from the episode, click here.
Broadway Dance Center will be hosting Fosse Master Classes throughout February. Check out the schedule below and visit www.broadwaydancecenter.com to pre-register.
Sunday, February 3rd 1:30-4:30pm
with Michael McArthur
teaching “Steam Heat” from THE PAJAMA GAME
Sunday, February 10th 1:30-4:30pm
with Valarie Pettiford
teaching “Razzle Dazzle” from CHICAGO (1975)
Sunday, February 17th 12-3pm
with Valarie Pettiford
teaching “We Both Reached for the Gun” from CHICAGO (1975)
Sunday, February 24th 1:30-4:30pm
with Jane Lanier
teaching “The Aloof (Rich Man’s Frug)” from SWEET CHARITY (1986)
See you in class!
Today celebrate with us the birthday of one of America’s brightest stage and screen stars, Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon born January 13, 1925.
Pictured an unseen candid Polaroid image of a bright eyed teenage Gwen Verdon from The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC archives, measuring 2.5 x 4 inches overall.
Verdon Fosse Legacy reconstructeur, Valarie Pettiford, taught a master class in her home city of Los Angeles this past weekend. The class at EDGE Performing Arts Center brought a tremendous turnout of talented and hard-working dancers. Valarie taught a section from “Dancin’ Dan (Me and My Shadows),” a trio of which she originated (and served as dance captain) in Bob Fosse’s final Broadway show, BIG DEAL.
We look forward to teaching more classes on the West Coast in the near future! If you are interested in hosting a Fosse Master Class at a college, dance studio, or performing arts company near you, shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Actors Fund/Career Transition for Dancers Gala took place on October 31st at the New York Mariott Marquis. Funds raised by this gala provide vital services to the professional dance community including career counselling; scholarships; health insurance guidance, counselling and enrollment support; housing services; case management and so much more. The gala, hosted by Bebe Neuwirth, honored Baayork Lee, Jerry Mitchell, John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, and Carmen de Lavallade.
The Verdon Fosse Legacy was invited to perform again for this year’s event. Lloyd Culbreath and Marissa Calabrese reconstructed Bob Fosse’s “Mexican Breakfast” on Alexa de Barr, Jessica Lee Goldyn, and Cajai Fellows Johnson. The groovy trio, which originally starred Gwen Verdon, was performed on The Ed Sullivan Show (1969).
Cajai Fellows Johnson, Jessica Lee Goldyn, and Alexa de Barr
Nicole Fosse and Bebe Neuwirth
To learn more about The Actors Fund/Career Transition for Dancers, visit www.actorsfund.org.
Valarie Pettiford (BIG DEAL, DANCIN’, FOSSE) taught a master class at Talent Unlimited High School in New York City. A group of students at the public performing arts school got the opportunity to learn signature Fosse steps and style. The class culminated in a Q&A with Valarie.
E-mail email@example.com to inquire about setting up a Fosse master class at your studio, school, or university.
Exciting news, West Coast—The Bob Fosse Master Class Series is coming to LA! Come dance with us at EDGE Performing Arts Center November 10-11 with Legacy-sanctioned reconstructeur, Valarie Pettiford.