Gwen Verdon’s “Living Legend” medallion Library of Congress, 2000

Cast bronze circular medallion reading “Living Legend” first bestowed in April of 2000 to Gwen Verdon from the “Library of Congress” during its bicentennial celebration, having a fabric red, white, and blue neck ribbon. Housed within a custom-made mahogany square wooden box with dark blue felt interior lining.

Established during its bicentennial celebration in 2000, the Library of Congress’ “Living Legend” award is selected by Continue reading

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER EXCLUSIVE: HBO, Bryan Singer Adapting Bob Fosse Story

Bryan Singer is going from mutants and giants to the life of one of the great choreographer-directors of the 20th Century, Bob Fosse.

Singer (X-MenJack the Giant Killer) is slated to direct the project, which is to be a feature-length film designed for the premium cable network. Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the duo behind movies such as Hairspray and Chicago, is exec producing with Singer. Nicole Fosse, daughter of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, will serve as Executive Co-Producer.

The project, now untitled and in early development, will be a co-production with Sony Television.

An actor, dancer, choreographer and stage and screen director, Fosse presented a version of his life in his autobiographical 1979 feature All That Jazz. That Oscar-winning film starred Roy Scheider as a hard-living choreographer/director determined to push the envelope.

After several early film appearances in such movies as Kiss Me Kate, Fosse moved to Broadway, where he choreographed such shows as The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees. On Yankees, he met his future wife, dancer Gwen Verdon.

Fosse created his own, immediately recognized jazz dance style, full of bowler hats, jazz hands, angular hip thrusts and shrugging shoulders.

On Broadway, he went on to direct and choreograph such shows as RedheadSweet CharityPippin and Chicago.

He made his film debut as a director with the 1969 movie version of Sweet Charity, starring Shirley MacLaine. His second feature, Cabaret, won eight Oscars, including best director and best picture. In addition to All That Jazz, his other feature credits include Lenny, which starred Dustin Hoffman as comedian Lenny Bruce, and Star 80, in which Mariel Hemingway played murdered Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratten.

The Innovative Choreographers U.S. Postal Stamp series include Bob Fosse

On National Dance Day, July 28th 2012, the U.S. Postal Service paid tribute to four influential choreographers who changed the art of dance: Isadora Duncan, José Limón, Katherine Dunham, and Bob Fosse. Designed to look like posters advertising a performance, the stamp art captures the luminosity and mystery of a live dance performance.

Bob Fosse, celebrated for directing and choreographing musicals on both stage and screen, is shown on the set of Sweet Charity (1969). Fosse received one Oscar, three Emmys, and nine Tony awards during his career. Yet perhaps his greatest contribution was in making dance accessible to millions.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps using illustrations by James McMullan, widely known for his work for Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.

The Innovative Choreographers stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.