Bob Fosse Danicn’ Choreographer Tony Award, 1978

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.

BFDancinTonyROUNDDancin’ 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)

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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.”

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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.

 

Bob 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.”

Bob Fosse Dancin’ musical revue production photographs, 1978DancinFourStanding“RECOLLECTIONS OF AN OLD DANCER” three act Dancin’ PLAYBILL

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Bob Fosse Dancin’ musical revue rehearsals, 1978