Last week a group of Fosse students reconstructed “Streets of Laredo,” a five-part, eight-minute comedic ballet satirizing the rough, yet romantic American West: cowboys, saloon girls, hoedowns, bar fights, and, of course, a happy ending where the good guy comes out on top (quite the contrast to many of Fosse’s later more realistic works such as Sweet Charity and “All That Jazz”).
“Streets of Laredo” premiered on a TV special back in 1958 entitled “The Wonderful World of Entertainment.” The hour-long special—all choreographed by Bob Fosse—took audiences through the evolution of entertainment in American culture.
Even if you’re a huge Fosse fan, you’ve probably never heard of “Streets of Laredo.” That’s because the piece doesn’t exist on YouTube or other internet archives. The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC-sanctioned instructors Valarie Pettiford, Lloyd Culbreath, Dana Moore, and Lynn Sterling (along with assistants Marissa Calabrese and Mary Callahan) spent hours and hours at New York City’s Paley Center for Media watching, re-watching, and annotating all of the choreography.
Thank you to all of the talented and dedicated dancers who helped us as part of a “skeleton crew” to reconstruct this marvelous piece!
Stay tuned for the next series of Fosse master classes to be announced this fall!
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The May Fosse Master Class was jumping with excitement with the visits of Bebe Neuwirth and Donna McKechnie helping to coach class attendees in the finer nuances of Fosse style. Lloyd Culbreath and Dana Moore assisted by Lynn Sterling, taught several sections of Brass Band while Ms Neuwirth and Ms Mckechnie fine-tuned the class. Mimi Quillin also stopped in to pay forward her knowledge of Fosse technique.
Kathryn Doby (Assistant Choreographer to Bob Fosse; Broadway: Sweet Charity, Pippin, Chicago, DANCIN’ Film: Sweet Charity, Cabaret, All That Jazz) assisted by Sandahl Bergman (Pippin, DANCIN’, All That Jazz) taught the first LA Fosse Master Class Feb 3 – 7 at the Debbie Reynolds Studio. Kathryn started out with teaching Fosse vocabulary that would later be addressed in several sections of signature Fosse dance numbers.
The week was best summed up by participant Tia Robinson on a blog she writes…….
A Love Rekindled
Candy Brown, Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford, Dana Moore, and Lynn Sterling lead the morning session of the first Fosse Master Class of the year….”Black Bird” from Liza with a Z
Candy Brown, Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford, Dana Moore, Lynn Sterling and “Special Guest Star” Cady Huffman lead the afternoon session of the first Fosse Master Class of the year….”Black Bird” and “Son of a Preacher Man” from Liza with a Z
Room is still left for the December Fosse Master Class………..
Dates: December 2 – 6
Time: Mon Wed Fri 10:30 – 12:30 Tues Thurs 11:30 – 1:30
Place: Manhattan Movement and Art 248 West 60th Street NYC
Cost: $120 CASH
Teachers: Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford
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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!
And below from the original 1975 productions of CHICAGO are the official commercial …….and second, Jerry Orback and the girls performing “We Want Billy”
VIA Broadway World…..
Louise Quick passed away today (All Saints Day) at the home of her sister Ellie Quick in Frisco,Colorado. Louise had quietly battled cancer for the past 2 years. Jewel Howard, intimate friend of the Quick sisters, related that Louise passed away peacefully with friends and family surrounding her…….her room having a view of the snow filled Colorado mountains.
More information to come………..we love you Louise!