Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circusofficially announces today that they are eliminating elephant acts from their shows and all elephants will be relocated to their Center for Elephant Conservation.
The circus plans to phase out elephant acts by 2018. Their 43 elephants will live at the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida. Twenty-nine animals are already there, and the other 14 will arrive as they are phased out from the circus. Elephant acts have been showcased by Ringling Bros for more than a century.
“Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by Bob Fosse” Detail image of original theater broadside or handout flyer for the 1957 Broadway production New Girl in Town presenting Gwen Verdon and Thelma Ritter with top billing. New Girl in Town was a new musical produced by Harold Prince located at the “Shubert Theatre” with book by George Abbot having praised“Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by Bob Fosse.”Continue reading →
Overview image of Bob Fosse’s fifth bestowed nickel patina Tony Award medallion reading: “The American Theatre Wing presents to Bob Fosse, Choreographer For Distinguished Achievement in Theatre, “Sweet Charity”, 1965-66.”
Measuring 3 inches in diameter, mounted on a custom square presentation wall display with black velvet fabric surround. Continue reading →
Featuring the ten original Sweet Charity girls of the Fan-Dango Ballroom where Charity Hope Valentine works a taxi dancer in the Times Square theater district of New York City. Dancers pictured in colorful full stage costume during celebrated musical number “Big Spender” from Act I, Scene 3 with Helene Gallagher, Thelma Oliver and the Fan-Dango girls. Continue reading →
Nearly seventy talented dancers attended our March master class at the Manhattan Movement Arts Center. Students learned three Fosse trios that were originally choreographed as a gift for his wife, Gwen Verdon, after she gave birth to their daughter, Nicole.
Besides the amazing instruction by Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford, and Nicole Fosse, a few other special guests popped into the studio this week: Fosse veterans, Pamela Sousa and Dana Moore, and acclaimed Broadway producer, Barry Weissler.
Thank you to the hard-working dancers who were filmed for our archival footage (pictured above).
Check back for an update on our next master class which will be held during the last week of April!
Christopher R. Kirby, Elizabeth Parkinson and Desmond Richardson in “Cool Hand Luke” from the 1968 Bob Hope Special
Veteran Fosse dancers, Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford, are heading back into the studio for the second set of Fosse workshops. After the success of the first Master Class in February, Culbreath and Pettiford are excited to restage some of Fosse’s lesser-known works on the younger generation of dancers.
The Master Class will be held at New York City’s Manhattan Movement Arts Center on March 18-21, 2013. 50 invited professional dancers will learn three trios of Bob Fosse choreography that were created specifically for Gwen Verdon: “Mexican Breakfast,” “Tijuana Shuffle,” and “Cool Hand Luke.”
In her interview with broadwayworld.com, Pettiford noted, “We’re trying to find those gems that people haven’t seen in a while. We want to sort of rediscover and connect with those works…for preservation because there is no archival of those shows. We want to keep those amazing works alive for future generations.”
“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.”
Article captions reading in-part:
“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.”