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!
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 Charityand 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.
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………
(Left to Right) Chicago Original Cast Members Candy Brown, Gene Foote, Jerry Orbach, Ron Schwinn, Pamela Sousa, and Dick Korthaze
Pictured above an image of “ticket-seekers” line formed outside of the 46th Street Theatre. Having the marque top billing centered reading “Gwen Verdon Chita Rivera Jerry Orbach, Chicago, A Musical Vaudeville” also reading Continue reading →
Alive and Kicking a “New Musical Revue” production opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on January 17, 1950 and closed on February 25, 1950, after 46 performances.
Gwen Verdon pictured in performance with famed choreographer Jack Cole. The above image is from an archival paper indexed reference file stamped “Fosse Verdon Archives” and according to the handwritten notes by Gwen Verdon verso, this particular image was published in Dance Magazine’s April 1983 issue and was originally captured during the “Dove’s Blues” an “East Indian” themed dance number from her 1950 Broadway debut show Alive and Kicking.
Below detail image of promotional handbill flyer top center picture and corresponding caption reading “Jack Cole and Dancer.”Continue reading →
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 →