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.”
“Bob Fosse’s Dancin’. a musical revue; through Sunday at the Bayfront Center theater; call Broadway in the Sunshine, 822-5000, for showtimes and reservations.”
Pictured below are verso news clippings tape affixed with publication ink blind stamps dated “DEC 24 1980” and “JAN 27 1981” one captain reads “Many of the routines in Dancin’ are uninhibited and athletic” measuring 7.5″ x 10″ overall.
Overview image of Bob Fosse’s bestowed nickel patina Tony Award medallion reading: “The American Theatre Wing presents to Bob Fosse, Choreographer For Distinguished Achievement in Theatre, DANCIN’, 1978” measuring 3 inches in diameter, trophy mounted.
Dancin’ opened on March 27, 1978 running four years for a total of 1774 performances at two different Broadway Theatres. Broadhurst Theatre, (3/27/1978-11/29/1980) Ambassador Theatre, (11/30/1980 – 6/27/1982)
Recollections of an old dancer “Mr. Bojangles” Christopher Chadman opening Act I
Bob Fosse as interviewed by Kevin Kelly for the Boston Globe, 1978
“I guess I’ve learned bits and pieces from just about everything I’ve done. But, still I’m not kidding when I say I have periodic bouts of fear about what I’m doing. I deal with. I come out OK.
Right now, in the middle of Dancin’, the fear’s minimal. One of the reasons is that it’s not a big Broadway musical in the financial sense. It’s relatively simple, not a million dollar zinger. It’s a big modest Broadway musical, emphasis on modest. It’s a bit easier to work without all that heavy financial pressure. The show’s in three acts, with simple but effective scenery. The three acts are not just for innovation. The cast is made up of 18 very hardworking dancers and they need the intermissions to recoup. There’s no book, just a series of dance pieces some telling a story, some existing for themselves.”
Overview image of Bob Fosse’s bestowed Tony Award trophy reading: “The American Theatre Wing presents to Bob Fosse, Choreographer For Distinguished Achievement in Theatre, DANCIN’, 1978.”
“Dancing, some singing, and a lot more dancing.”
“Strong, attractive and well-rehearsed”
Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ by Robert Ross, St. Petersburg Times December 24, 1980