Today in 1996, the first Broadway revival of Chicago opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and it continues to run at the Ambassador Theatre. Chicago is a musical set in Prohibition-era Chicago, with music is by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Chicago’s 1996 Broadway revival holds the record for the longest-running musical revival on Broadway and is its fourth longest-running show.
In celebration of this day, we bring you ‘All That Jazz’ as performed by Bebe Neuwirth on the Rosie O’Donnell Show. Click below to check it out!
And below from the original 1975 productions of CHICAGO are the official commercial …….and second, Jerry Orback and the girls performing “We Want Billy”
VIA Broadway World…..
Amanda Black gives us another wonderful blog post on her perspective of the Fosse Master Class Series and what it means to her and fellow participant Anna Schnaitter.
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Louise Quick passed away today (All Saints Day) at the home of her sister Ellie Quick in Frisco,Colorado. Louise had quietly battled cancer for the past 2 years. Jewel Howard, intimate friend of the Quick sisters, related that Louise passed away peacefully with friends and family surrounding her…….her room having a view of the snow filled Colorado mountains.
More information to come………..we love you Louise!
This summer the The Fosse Master Class Series was honored to have the one and only Louise Quick teach “The Manson Trio” from Bob Fosse’s original production of Pippin. Louise worked with Fosse in pre-production on all the dance numbers for that show. She later went on to London with Gene Foote to stage that production of Pippin.
Louise, a Broadway veteran, started her career in the chorus of Bye Bye Birdie. She was a replacement in the original production of Sweet Charity and went on to assist Fosse and dance in the movie version. She was also in the movie Cabaret, as well as, assisting Fosse on the award winning television special Liza with a Z.
Louise is an inspiration to anyone that meets her and was a true champion for the Verdon Fosse Estate from inception.
We honor her here with a video clip of Louise Quick, Dana Moore, Lloyd Culbreath, and the participants of The June Fosse Master Class Series working on one of Fosse’s most famous trios.
And they just keep on coming!! The force of nature known as Gene Foote stopped by the Fosse Master Class Series on Thursday. Gene (Original Cast member of Pippin, Sweet Charity, and Chicago) took time to tell stories, give history of movements, and clean the participants learning The Frug from Sweet Charity. All attending were inspired by Gene’s love of his craft and his heartfelt respect for Bob Fosse. More guest appearances to come in 2014………
(Left to Right) Chicago Original Cast Members Candy Brown, Gene Foote, Jerry Orbach, Ron Schwinn, Pamela Sousa, and Dick Korthaze
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.
” Amanda is a dancer from London who moved to New York to improve as a theater performer. She came here to learn how to dance properly in heels, how to tell the entire story with the roll of a hip and to be as good a dancer as she always wanted to be. Blogging has become her tool for reflection, ideas, growth and questions in everything from how she feels when dancing to long term strategic goal setting.”
“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!