All this week the Fosse Master Class Series is taking on learning The Frug from Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity at Manhattan Movement and Art….Today the morning session was graced with Fosse veterans Carolyn Kirsch and Penny Worth sitting in on the class. Just next door Donna McKecknie, Baayork Lee, and Margo Sappington were filming their signature number from Promises Promises…Turkey Lurky Time. All three ladies stopped by class for a quick run through of what Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford had taught the “Fosse Kids” so far. Just another day of Broadway legends…..OMG!!!!!
I am still reeling from the shear force of talent known as Chita Rivera ..Tonight was one of those nights in theater that are too far and few between….Chita’s tribute to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was OFF THE CHAIN YA”LL…So great to be with Valarie Pettiford, Dana Moore, Mary Callahan, and Roumel Reaux representing The Verdon Fosse Estate …..loved sitting next to Andrea Burns while watching my West Side Story buddies Robert Montano, Ramon Del Barrio, and Richard Amaro, and Fosse Master Class teacher Lloyd Culbreath back up Chita….oh yes I’m dropping names…saw John Sefakis, Harvey Evans, Jim Caruso,Kevin Spirtas, Charles Scatamocchia, divalish Carol Schuberg, Jerry McIntyre….and ….Fosse Master Class participants Gabriela Garcia of R.Evolucion Latina, Olivia Bowman Jackson, and Abdur-Rahim Jackson.
In the words of Dana Moore..”it was such a magnificent, once in a lifetime, spirit lifting event!”
Steve Jones, Fosse Master Class Series, Assistant to Nicole Fosse
Great highlights video of the evening below. At the 1:58 mark Chita pays tribute to Gwen Verdon while singing “Nowadays” from the Broadway musical Chicago.
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“Here, she chronicles her second encounter with original Fosse repertoire and The Fosse Master Class Series.” ………see link below
The September Fosse Master Class Series at the Alvin Ailey School was a huge success. A great time was had by all and a lot of Fosse got passed on. There are only two more Master Classes left for 2013….October and December….keep on the look out for emails with scheduling to be in your inbox soon!
August Fosse Master Class
August 19th – 23rd
Taught by Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford
Alvin Ailey School
405 West 55th Street NYC
10am – 1pm each day
To register email……….. firstname.lastname@example.org………………..
Yesterday we were honored to learn Bob Fosse’s signature “Manson Trio” from Louise Quick – who assisted Fosse on Pippin back in 1972. Tada!
Official Web Site………………Pippin
A huge thank you to these incredibly talented and hard-working dancers who were filmed this afternoon for our archival footage. Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford taught four numbers: “Crunchy Granola Suite,” “Gary Owen,” “Boom Cha,” and “Sing! Sing! Sing!” We were also visited by Mark Hummel (Broadway Music Director and Arranger) and Fosse legend, Louise Quick.
Keep checking the Verdon Fosse Estate Facebook page for updates on our next series of master classes scheduled for the end of May/beginning of June!