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

Bob Fosse’s “Hernandos Hideaway” hand embellished textile, 1954

Possibly production used hand embellished textile, being primarily constructed of a heavy black woven wool material having hand sewn golden metallic sequined letters reading “Hernando’s Hideaway” outlined with corresponding side-by-side bugle beads painted over with a red gloss paint, appears to be nail polish. Considerable amount of surface paint-loss to sequins and beads present, also having fabric corner tears consistent with age and or possible performance use.

“Hernando’s Hideaway” is a tango show tune, largely in Long Metre, from Act II of the musical The Pajama Game, written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, published in 1954. The lyrics describe a dark and secretive Continue reading

Bob Fosse’s Mr. Abbott Award, 1986

Named in honor of the legendary director George Abbott, the “Mr. Abbott” award is presented to a director or choreographer in recognition of lifetime achievement in American theatre. Pictured below is Bob Fosse’s cast bronze “Mr. Abbott” award measuring ten inches in height and having the front engraved placard reading:

 “The Mr. Abbott for Lifetime Achievement In The Theatre Awarded to Bob Fosse 1986 by Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation”

Founded in 1965, Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation exists to foster, promote and develop the creativity and craft of stage directors and choreographers. Continue reading

Bob Fosse’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Award Cabaret, 1972


This particular British Film Academy Award is also known as the “Stella Award” and was bestowed to winners from 1968 to 1975. Being a Wedgwood commissioned Black Basalt figurative statue presented during the BAFTA awards ceremony and specially designed by Wedgwood sculptor Eric Owen. The freestanding trophy or whole figure measures nine inches in height and has five lines of gold lettering front of circular pedestal base reading:

“The Society of FIlm and Television Arts, 1972 Film Award, The Best Director, CABARET, Bob Fosse”

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a charity in the United Kingdom that hosts annual awards shows for excellence in film, television, television craft, video games and forms of animation.

Age 28 Gwen Verdon’s First Tony Award Can-Can, 1953

“The American Theatre Wing Presents to Gwen Verdon This Award For Her Performance in “CAN-CAN” 1953-54″

While performing pivotal dance numbers in Can-Can one of Gwen Verdon’s costumes was a striped long dress, see image below with the headline verso reading:

“Yes She Certainly Can-Can”

Pictured above a black and white press photograph taken backstage before a Can-Can  performance on “December 14, 1954″ with additional verso text reading: Continue reading

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.