March (Mambo) Madness!

ERP!  It was a mambo-filled week at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center as dancers learned “Who’s Got the Pain?” from Damn Yankees.  Valarie Pettiford and Lloyd Culbreath helped reconstruct the dynamic duet—performed by Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in the film version of the Tony-winning musical.

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Gwen Verdon “Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus” Sweet Charity, 1966

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus officially 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.

Pictured below are two original black and white press call or news print publicity photograph proofs featuring Gwen Verdon in full costume as Charity Hope Valentine in the original 1966 Tony award winning Broadway “musical smash” hit Sweet Charity conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse.  Gwen Verdon is pictured gallantly waving her right arm atop a Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance used elephant with side promotional panels reading “Sweet Charity.”GwenRinglingBro Continue reading

Bob Fosse Dancin’ two costume designs, 1978

Front full profile black and white original sketch from Bob Fosse’s Tony Award winning three act musical revue Dancin’ 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. DancinCostumeA Continue reading

Bob Fosse Dancin’ musical revue production photographs, 1978

Eleven promotional black and white production performance photographs featuring the “18 very hardworking dancers” of Bob Fosse’s Tony Award winning three act Broadway musical revue Dancin’ stepping through dozens of dance styles.

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Bob Fosse “Everybody loves a winner! Cabaret … Winner of 8 Academy Awards!” 1973

The 45th annual Academy Awards were televised live by NBC on Tuesday March 27th 1973.  The ceremony’s Best Directing Oscar statuette was bestowed to Bob Fosse for his film Cabaret.

“WINNER OF 8 ACADEMY AWARDS”

Cabaret (Allied Artists, R-1974). One sheet publicity promotional two color printed movie theater poster measuring 27 X 41 inches overall.

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February Master Class was Dancin’ Dancin’ Dancin’

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

Morning class with Lloyd Culbreath and Dana Moore

Afternoon 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 theverdonfosselegacyllc@gmail.com for more information.

Bob Fosse Dancin’ musical revue rehearsals, 1978

Seven candid black and white rehearsal photographs featuring the “18 very hardworking dancers” of Bob Fosse’s Tony Award winning Broadway three act musical revue Dancin’ stepping through dozens of dance styles.

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Bob Fosse “RECOLLECTIONS OF AN OLD DANCER” three act Dancin’ program, 1978

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.”

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“All That Jazz” 35th Anniversary Screening at the Dance on Camera Festival

On February 1st All That Jazz was screened as part of the Dance on Camera Film Festival 2015 a co-presentation with Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
 
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.

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“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

Gene Foote, Eileen Casey, Nicole Fosse, and Candace Tovar
photo credit: Dance Films Association

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