Why “www.VerdonFosse.com” ?

Personal stationery top center titled “Verdon – Fosse” and below reading longhand in ink “Thank you Gwen” 

After receiving Bob Fosse’s estate, all official documents came to Gwen Verdon titled “Verdon – Fosse.” Additionly we are paying homage to her own personlized stationery. See above.

Age 27 Bob Fosse’s “Humdinger” The Pajama Game, 1954

“A SMASH-HIT MIXTURE OF RACEHORSE AND EXPLOSIVE!” - Time Magazine

“A SMASH HIT – A POWERHOUSE – IRRESISTIBLE” - Variety

“A WHALE OF A SHOW!”   “A SURE – FIRE WINNER!”   “THE BEST AT LAST!”

“BRIGHT, BRASSY AND JUBILANTLY SASSY SHOW!”

The Pajama Game original Broadway production opened on May 13, 1954, and closed on November 24, 1956, after Continue reading

Gwen Verdon’s personal performace scrapbook, 1950s

Pictured above housed within an archival paper storage box clearly side labeled “Fosse Verdon Archives” is dancer Gwen Verdon’s personal scrapbook, about 40 detached pages dating from the 1940s to early 1960s with the majority of clippings and content dating from the 1950s. Most pages are double sided and overall contain hundreds of photographs and newspaper clippings spanning three of her five decade or half-a-century career in the American performing arts.

Three interior affixed scrapbook newspaper clippings read: “Small World By Douglas Watt, Show People,  Continue reading

Age 25 Gwen Verdon’s Broadway debut Alive and Kicking with Jack Cole, 1950

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

“The Musical Smash at the Palace” Gwen Verdon starring in Sweet Charity, 1965

In 1965, The Nederlanders turned New York City’s famed Palace Theatre into a legitimate theatrical stage for the opening of Sweet Charity starring Gwen Verdon.

Gwen Verdon played the title role of Charity Hope Valentine, a taxi dancer at a dance hall called the “Fandango Ballroom” in Times Square, New York City.

Today the Palace Theatre has 1,740 seats and is one of The Nederlander Organization’s nine Broadway theatres.

Below pictured front cover of the 1966 original Broadway production program of Sweet Charity reading in part: Continue reading

Bob Fosse’s manuscript Pal Joey, 1963

Bob Fosse’s well-used personal working manuscript having front cover centered handwritten label reading “Pal Joey” and lower right side “Bob Fosse.” This was used by Fosse durring the highly acclaimed 1963 musical theater revival. The original 1940 Pal Joey Broadway production was directed by George Abbott and starred Gene Kelly.

The Pal Joey 1952 revival was met with greater success than the original production. It opened on January 3, 1952 and closed on April 18, 1953, after 540 performances. Bob Fosse was the understudy for Joey Evans.

Then some ten years later in 1963 Pal Joey was produced off-Broadway for 15 performances at New York City Center and starred Bob Fosse as Joey Evans, Viveca Lindfors as Vera, and Kay Medford as Melba.

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“REDHEAD” Gwen Verdon’s promotional flyer from the National Theatre, New Years Eve 1958

A single page advertising handbill (flyer) promoting ticket sales for the pre-Broadway tryout of the Dorothy Fields musical comedy “REDHEAD” at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. beginning “December 30th, 1958.” “REDHEAD” was in full production over the 1958 New Years Eve holiday and first two weeks of January in 1959.

“Entire Production Directed and Choreographed by BOB FOSSE”

Advertising handbills (heralds) were distributed or inserted into the playbills of other productions to help generate ticket sales for upcoming shows and events. This single page, two-sided handbill measures 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches and includes a ticket order form with promotional text on the backside reading in-part: Continue reading

Gwen Verdon’s TIME Magazine Cover Damn Yankees, 1955

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.”

 Read published TIME article “The Devil’s Discipline” Continue reading

Age 27 Bob Fosse’s first Broadway production program The Pajama Game, 1954

Bob Fosse's first Broadway show, The Pajama Game, 1954 | research property of Brian Cummings

The Pajama Game original Broadway production opened on May 13, 1954, and closed on November 24, 1956, after 1,063 performances. It was directed by George Abbott and Jerome Robbins and featured all original choreography by the then 27 year old Bob Fosse.

Above detail image from the 1954 “Who’s Who in The Cast” original The Pajama Game Broadway program reading in part:

“Bob Fosse brings to his first job of choreography on Broadway a wealth of experience gained as a performer and as a stager of dances for musicals on the summer circuits.”

The Pajama Game original cast included John Raitt, Janis Paige, Eddie Foy, Jr, Carol Haney, and Stanley Prager.

This particular production of The Pajama Game is also known for helping with the stardom of  Continue reading

Gwen Verdon’s cover of Our Navy, 1954

Overview image of “Our Navy” periodical, an American servicemen magazine which began publication in 1897 and was published on the 1st and 15th of each month. Each issue had several long running article series related to Navy training and history, as well as nautical life. Additionally each issue ranged from 66 to 82 pages with a format of 8-3/8 x 11 inches.

This particular issue features a young recent Tony award-winning dancer actress Gwen Verdon on the cover. Continue reading