Gwen Verdon “New Girl In Town” broadside, 1957

“Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by Bob Fosse”
NewGirlInTownDetail 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

Bob Fosse “Sweet Charity” Choreographer Tony Award, 1966

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.”

FosseSweetCharityTonyMeasuring 3 inches in diameter, mounted on a custom square presentation wall display with black velvet fabric surround. Continue reading

“Big Spender” Fan-Dango Ballroom Girls, 1966

 Good looking, so refined.

BigSpender Brian Cummings colorFeaturing 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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gwen Verdon! “The Garden of Eden” 1954

Today celebrate with us the birthday of one of America’s brightest stars, Gwen Verdon born January 13, 1925.

Age 28 Gwen Verdon as Claudine in Can Can

Pictured in full costume in Gwen Verdon during her Tony award winning "Can Can" Broadway musical role as Eve in the "Garden of Eden" ballet, music and lyrics by Cole Porter with choreography by Michael Kidd.Pictured in full Eve costume is Gwen Verdon during her notorious Act One Tony Award winning Can Can Broadway performance as saucy laundress Claudine in “The Garden of Eden” ballet, music and lyrics by Cole Porter with choreography by Michael Kidd. Continue reading

“Everything old is new again!” – Dancers revive Fosse piece that hasn’t been seen in 56 years

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”). Continue reading

First LA Fosse Master Class A Success

LA Fosse Workshop 2-7-14Kathryn 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

First Master Class of the Year Was “Sublime”

73157_590404237700344_345225907_n (1)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

76267_590404271033674_1820943785_n (1)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