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.
Front full profile black and white original sketch from Bob Fosse’s Tony Award winning three act musical revueDancin’ by noted Costume Designer Willa Kim featuring dancer in formal black two piece ensemble wearing white tie and vest with open tuxedo shirt having white flowered lapel and corresponding pocket square.Continue reading →
Thank you to the small but mighty group of dancers who braved the cold and danced with us this month in our February Master Class. The dancers learned “Dancin’ Man” (a duet version that Bob and Gwen performed on the Gary Moore show in 1958), revisited “Trumpet Solo” from Dancin’, and even tackled a bit of “Crunchy Granola Suite” from Dancin’ for good measure.
Morning class with Lloyd Culbreath and Dana Moore
Afternoon class with Lloyd Culbreath and Dana Moore
We hope you’ll join us for our next week of classes March 16-20. E-mail email@example.com for more information.
Bob Fosse as interviewed by Kevin Kelly for the Boston Globe, 1978
“I guess I’ve learned bits and pieces from just about everything I’ve done. But, still I’m not kidding when I say I have periodic bouts of fear about what I’m doing. I deal with. I come out OK.
Right now, in the middle of Dancin’, the fear’s minimal. One of the reasons is that it’s not a big Broadway musical in the financial sense. It’s relatively simple, not a million dollar zinger. It’s a big modest Broadway musical, emphasis on modest. It’s a bit easier to work without all that heavy financial pressure. The show’s in three acts, with simple but effective scenery. The three acts are not just for innovation. The cast is made up of 18 very hardworking dancers and they need the intermissions to recoup. There’s no book, just a series of dance pieces some telling a story, some existing for themselves.”
Dancin’ 1978 souvenir performance program having front cover illustration art by Bob Gill
The film screening included a panel discussion with assistant choreographer Gene Foote, Nicole Fosse, and two dancers from the film: Eileen Casey and Candace Tovar.
“Bob Fosse’s film both celebrates show business and strips it of its glitter, glamour and all that jazz.” Winner of 4 Academy Awards and voted a Palm d’Or (Best Picture) at the Cannes Film Festival 1980 ROY SCHEIDER in
ALL THAT JAZZ
“It’s showtime, folks!” That’s the refrain of anxiety-ridden and unhealthfully driven choreographer Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) at the center of Fosse’s semi-autobiographical musical extravaganza, also featuring star turns by Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, and Jessica Lange. Scheider is never less than captivating in his portrayal of Gideon, a complicated figure not so secretly patterned after Fosse himself. Long out of circulation, the Oscar-winning tour de force is back on the big screen after a 15-year 4K digital restoration by The Film Foundation.
Gene Foote, Eileen Casey, Nicole Fosse, and Candace Tovar photo credit: Dance Films Association
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.