American caricaturist, Al Hirschfeld, created a number of iconic black-and-white cartoons of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon chronicling their Broadway careers. Hirschfeld would publish his portraits of dancers, singers, and actors prior to a new Broadway show’s opening night. Below are several caricatures from The Al Hirschfeld Foundation.
ERP! It was a mambo-filled week at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center as dancers learned “Who’s Got the Pain?” from Damn Yankees. Valarie Pettiford and Lloyd Culbreath helped reconstruct the dynamic duet—performed by Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in the film version of the Tony-winning musical.
“She’s everything the undesirable made absolutely and forever desirable.”
An overview photograph of “Gwen Verdon: too hot for Hollywood?” news article appearing in “Tempo News.” Tempo or “Quick News” was a weekly supermarket check-out magazine aimed towards the suburban American housewife market of the 1950s. Measuring 4 x 5 3/4 inches.
This particular Tempo News issue was published “July 18, 1955.”
“Hollywood’s censorship of Gwen Verdon dance in Gentlemen Marry Brunettes repeated familiar pattern of her film cuts.”“Broadway’s cheers for Can-Can dancer the current star of sellout, Damn Yankees.”
Overview of vintage “TIME The Weekly Newsmagazine” cover from “JUNE 13, 1955” costing “TWENTY CENTS” reading right center of costumed character Lola cover-art illustration “Gwen Verdon of Damn Yankees” with a subscription cost of “$6.00 A Year” issue number “VOL. LXV NO.24.”
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