The Verdon Fosse Legacy mourns the loss of Joseph P. Harris, one of Broadway’s acclaimed producers and general managers. Mr. Harris served as company manager for Can Can starring Gwen Verdon in 1953, was general manager for the original production of Sweet Charityin 1966 and for Pippinin 1972, produced Chicago in 1975, was general manager for Big Deal in 1986, won the Tony for the revival of Sweet Charity starring Debbie Allen in 1986, and was associated with over 200 other plays and musicals during his lifetime. He died peacefully last Wednesday (2/11) at his home in Greenwich, CT.
Pictured is Gwen Verdon backstage as Charity Hope Valentine during the original Broadway “musical smash” hit Sweet Charityconceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse at the Palace Theatre. Charity is showing a brassiere shoulder strap and wearing a light colored terry cloth robe with noted Broadway Stage Manager Paul Phillips in foreground. The provided 1967 news-wire corresponding press caption does not use the word tattoo, it is described as a “heart painted on her arm” by Phillips. The top center left shoulder hand painted single arrowed heart reads the name of her no good boyfriend “CHARLIE” appearing in Central Park New York City during Scene One, Act I.
“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 →
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 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 →
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 →
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…….
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