Join us in November for “I Gotcha”

Join us for The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC’s next Master Class November 17th-21st from 10:30am-12:30pm at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. We’ll be reconstructing “I Gotcha” from the Emmy Award-winning “Liza with a Z.” Learn this original repertoire from Fosse veterans Valarie Pettiford (DANCIN’, Big Deal, Chicago, Fosse—Tony nominated) and Lloyd Culbreath (DANCIN’, Sweet Charity, Big Deal). All levels of dance and/or Fosse experience welcome.

Date/Time: November 17th-21st from 10:30am-12:30pm (please arrive warmed up)
Location: Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (248 West 60th Street)
Cost: $120 cash (receipts available)
Contact: theverdonfosselegacyllc@gmail.com

Please bring a current headshot and resume and prepare the lyrics for “I Gotcha.”

I Gotcha” from “Liza with a Z”
I Gotcha” from Fosse

“Everything old is new again!” – Dancers revive Fosse piece that hasn’t been seen in 56 years

Last week a group of Fosse students reconstructed “Streets of Laredo,” a five-part, eight-minute comedic ballet satirizing the rough, yet romantic American West: cowboys, saloon girls, hoedowns, bar fights, and, of course, a happy ending where the good guy comes out on top (quite the contrast to many of Fosse’s later more realistic works such as Sweet Charity and “All That Jazz”).

“Streets of Laredo” premiered on a TV special back in 1958 entitled “The Wonderful World of Entertainment.” The hour-long special—all choreographed by Bob Fosse—took audiences through the evolution of entertainment in American culture.

Even if you’re a huge Fosse fan, you’ve probably never heard of “Streets of Laredo.” That’s because the piece doesn’t exist on YouTube or other internet archives. The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC-sanctioned instructors Valarie Pettiford, Lloyd Culbreath, Dana Moore, and Lynn Sterling (along with assistants Marissa Calabrese and Mary Callahan) spent hours and hours at New York City’s Paley Center for Media watching, re-watching, and annotating all of the choreography.

Thank you to all of the talented and dedicated dancers who helped us as part of a “skeleton crew” to reconstruct this marvelous piece!

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Stay tuned for the next series of Fosse master classes to be announced this fall!

Happy Birthday Bob Fosse!

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June Fosse Master Classes Had Everyone Sing Sing Singing…..

 

It was another amazing week of dancing as both our master classes tackled “Sing! Sing! Sing!” from Bob Fosse’s Dancin’.  Dancin’ opened on Broadway in 1978 as a musical revue—a celebration of emotion and movement.  With numbers including “Sing! Sing! Sing!” “Crunchy Granola Suite,” and “I Wanna Be a Dancin’ Man,” it’s no surprise Bob Fosse scored the Tony for Best Choreography.

While “Sing! Sing! Sing!” is quite the marathon of a dance, we were able to reconstruct this syncopated and stylized piece with lots of help from a few guest teachers from Dancin’: Linda Haberman (OBCand Bebe Neuwirth.

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The morning session of the June Fosse Master Class (with Dana Moore, Valarie Pettiford, Lynn Sterling, and Lloyd Culbreath)

 

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The afternoon session of the June Fosse Master Class (with Linda Haberman, Bebe Neuwirth, Dana Moore, Valarie Pettiford, Lynn Sterling, and Lloyd Culbreath)

 

Watch “Sing! Sing! Sing!” from Fosse’s Dancin’ perform for the 1978 Tony Awards.  And stay tuned for more master classes coming soon!

 

 

May Master Class was One Big Brass Band!!

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The May Fosse Master Class was jumping with excitement with the visits of Bebe Neuwirth and Donna McKechnie helping to coach class attendees in the finer nuances of Fosse style.  Lloyd Culbreath and Dana Moore assisted by Lynn Sterling, taught several sections of Brass Band while Ms Neuwirth and Ms Mckechnie fine-tuned the class.  Mimi Quillin also stopped in to pay forward her knowledge of Fosse technique.

CONGRADULATIONS BARRY AND FRAN WEISSLER!! 2013

Today in 1996, the first Broadway revival of Chicago opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and it continues to run at the Ambassador Theatre. Chicago is a musical set in Prohibition-era Chicago, with music is by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Chicago’s 1996 Broadway revival holds the record for the longest-running musical revival on Broadway and is its fourth longest-running show.

In celebration of this day, we bring you ‘All That Jazz’ as performed by Bebe Neuwirth on the Rosie O’Donnell Show. Click below to check it out!

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And below from the original 1975 productions of CHICAGO are the official commercial …….and second, Jerry Orback and the girls performing “We Want Billy”

 

VIA Broadway World…..

Fosse Veteran Louise Quick Pays It Forward 2013

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This summer the The Fosse Master Class Series was honored to have the one and only Louise Quick teach “The Manson Trio” from Bob Fosse’s original production of Pippin.  Louise worked with Fosse in pre-production on all the dance numbers for that show.  She later went on to London with Gene Foote to stage that production of Pippin.  

 

Louise, a Broadway veteran, started her career in the chorus of Bye Bye Birdie.  She was a replacement in the original production of Sweet Charity and went on to assist Fosse and dance in the movie version.  She was also in the movie Cabaret, as well as, assisting Fosse on the award winning television special Liza with a Z.

 
Louise is an inspiration to anyone that meets her and was a true champion for the Verdon Fosse Estate from inception.
 
 
We honor her here with a video clip of Louise Quick, Dana Moore, Lloyd Culbreath, and the participants of The June Fosse Master Class Series working on one of Fosse’s most famous trios.
 
 
 
 

Gene Foote Addresses Fosse Master Class Series 2013

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And they just keep on coming!!  The force of nature known as Gene Foote stopped by the Fosse Master Class Series on Thursday.  Gene (Original Cast member of Pippin, Sweet Charity, and Chicago) took time to tell stories, give history of movements, and clean the participants learning The Frug from Sweet Charity.  All attending were inspired by Gene’s love of his craft and his heartfelt respect for Bob Fosse.  More guest appearances to come in 2014………

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(Left to Right) Chicago Original Cast Members Candy Brown, Gene Foote, Jerry Orbach, Ron Schwinn, Pamela Sousa, and Dick Korthaze

Block Buster Day at Fosse Master Class Series 2013

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All this week the Fosse Master Class Series is taking on learning The Frug from Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity at Manhattan Movement and Art….Today the morning session was graced with Fosse veterans Carolyn Kirsch and Penny Worth sitting in on the class.  Just next door Donna McKecknie, Baayork Lee, and Margo Sappington were filming their signature number from Promises Promises…Turkey Lurky Time.  All three ladies stopped by class for a quick run through of what Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford had taught the “Fosse Kids” so far.  Just another day of Broadway legends…..OMG!!!!!