Today we remember the accomplishments of a Broadway star, Tony Award – winning actor and Tony Award – nominated director, Roger Rees (May 1944 – July 2015). Last week at exactly 7:45pm for one minute the marquees of Broadway theatres in New York were dimmed in his memory.
Studio promotional press photograph reading “ILLUSION AND REALITY – Director Bob Fosse shares a moment with Roger Rees who plays film director Aram Nicholas in Bob Fosse’s Star 80 Warner Bros.”
Roger Rees began his film career in 1983 when Bob Fosse cast him opposite Mariel Hemingway as director Aram Nicholas in Star 80. A film about the tragic life and death of Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten. His last Broadway appearance was the starring role of Anton Schell in The Visit, opposite Chita Rivera, which opened 23 April 2015.
Today we send happy birthday wishes to star Cabaret actor Michael York born March 27, 1942. British writer Brian Roberts was Michael York’s title character role in Bob Fosse’s1973 eight time Academy Award winning musical film Cabaret. The film is set in 1931 Berlin and the Kit Kat Klub whereLiza Minnelli is entertainer Sally Bowles and Joel Grey plays the Emcee.
Pictured below are five promotional printed Cabaret (United Artists, 1972) movie theater display lobby cards featuring Michael York with his co-stars Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, each measuring 11 x 14 inches overall.
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 →