Happy Birthday Bob Fosse!

Robert Louis “Bob” Fosse born June 23, 1927
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Cabaret, All That Jazz, Pippin, Sweet Charity, Lenny, Star 80, Dancin’, Liza with a Z (for television). Film director, choreographer actor, dancer, writer. Driven. workaholic, enigmatic. Continue reading

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!

http://youtu.be/66Vmsl_CuEg

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!!!!!

Chita Tribute for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS……OFF THE CHAIN 2013

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I am still reeling from the shear force of talent known as Chita Rivera ..Tonight was one of those nights in theater that are too far and few between….Chita’s tribute to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was OFF THE CHAIN YA”LL…So great to be with Valarie PettifordDana MooreMary Callahan, and Roumel Reaux representing The Verdon Fosse Estate …..loved sitting next to Andrea Burns while watching my West Side Story buddies Robert Montano, Ramon Del Barrio, and Richard Amaro, and Fosse Master Class teacher Lloyd Culbreath back up Chita….oh yes I’m dropping names…saw John Sefakis, Harvey Evans, Jim Caruso,Kevin Spirtas, Charles Scatamocchia, divalish Carol Schuberg, Jerry McIntyre….and ….Fosse Master Class participants Gabriela Garcia of R.Evolucion Latina, Olivia Bowman Jackson, and Abdur-Rahim Jackson.

In the words of Dana Moore..”it was such a magnificent, once in a lifetime, spirit lifting event!”

Steve Jones, Fosse Master Class Series, Assistant to Nicole Fosse

Great highlights video of the evening below.  At the 1:58 mark Chita pays tribute to Gwen Verdon while singing “Nowadays” from the Broadway musical Chicago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PuZdn5rqQk

 

Thank You – April Master Class 2013

IMG_0049A huge thank you to these incredibly talented and hard-working dancers who were filmed this afternoon for our archival footage.  Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford taught four numbers: “Crunchy Granola Suite,” “Gary Owen,” “Boom Cha,” and “Sing! Sing! Sing!”  We were also visited by Mark Hummel (Broadway Music Director and Arranger) and Fosse legend, Louise Quick.

Keep checking the Verdon Fosse Estate Facebook page for updates on our next series of master classes scheduled for the end of May/beginning of June!