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.
Our first master class kicked off the new year with great dancing and great energy. Hinton Battle and Ann Reinking led the classes and were assisted by Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford, and Dana Moore. The Verdon Fosse Legacy would like to thank all of the talented dancers who joined us this past week. We hope you will come dance with us next month (the week of February 16th) for another exciting reconstruction of Bob Fosse’s choreography. To join our e-mail blast contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Reinking (with Valarie Pettiford, Hinton Battle, Gary Chryst, Lloyd Culbreath, and Dana Moore) teaches “Trumpet Solo” from DANCIN’
Hinton Battle (with Valarie Pettiford, Lloyd Culbreath, and Gary Chryst) teaches “Percussion 4″ from DANCIN’
It’s the middle of a very exciting week here with The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC. Both our men’s and women’s classes are learning two of Bob Fosse’s most technically difficult and musically driven solos—”Percussion 4″ and “Trumpet Solo,” respectively—with the guidance of Hinton Battle and Ann Reinking.
Yesterday morning began with a ballet warm-up led by Nicole Fosse herself. In the boy’s class, Gary Chryst (who also danced “Percussion 4″ in DANCIN’) joined in on the reconstruction process, helping remember subtle nuances to the choreography. And more special guests (such as Bebe Neuwirth and Eileen Casey) came to observe the afternoon session.
We’ve got two more days of DANCIN’ left this week, so stay tuned for more photos and recaps. Also be sure to follow us on social media for even more updates and exclusive photos.
Ann Reinking (Dana Moore, Lloyd Culbreath, and Valarie Pettiford) teach the beginning of “Trumpet Solo”
Gary Chryst joins Hinton Battle for “Percussion 4″ port de bras
“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 →