Bob Fosse Dancin’ musical revue rehearsals, 1978

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

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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.”

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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)

Dancin-09Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ by Robert Ross, St. Petersburg Times December 24, 1980

“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.”

“RECOLLECTIONS OF AN OLD DANCER” three act Dancin’ PLAYBILL

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