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.
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.
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.
Tony and Olivier Award-winning dancer and choreographer, Ann Reinking appeared on Broadway in Coco, Wild and Wonderful, Over Here! (Theatre World Award), Goodtime Charley, A Chorus Line, and Tommy Tune Tonite!. Her credits for Mr. Fosse include Pippin, Chicago, DANCIN’, and Sweet Charity. She also starred in feature films such as Annie, Micki + Maude, and Fosse’s All That Jazz. Ms. Reinking later revived Chicago in 1996, recently celebrated as the longest running American musical. In 1998 Ms. Reinking co-created, co-directed, co-choreographed, and starred in the musical revue, Fosse. Aside from performing, Ms. Reinking has served as choreographer for Broadway, concerts, and TV, founded the professional training program: the Broadway Theater Project, and advocated for the National Marfan Foundation.
Three-time Tony Award-winner, Hinton Battle made his Broadway debut at age fifteen starring in the role of the Scarecrow in The Wiz. He went on to perform in many other Broadway shows like Sophisticated Ladies, Ragtime, Dreamgirls, The Tap Dance Kid, Miss Saigon, Chicago, and Fosse’s DANCIN’ and tour of Sweet Charity. Mr. Battle’s on-screen credits include dancing for The Kennedy Center’s 25th Anniversary, choreographing and starring as Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson in ABC/Disney’s Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story, playing the role of Wayne opposite Jamie Foxx in the movie musical Dreamgirls, and working as associate choreographer on the 65th and 66th Annual Academy Awards with Debbie Allen, just to name a few. He has directed and choreographed for stage, TV, and film, and recently returned from sold-out performances of Hinton Battle’s American Variety Bang II and will return to Japan in 2015 to launch the Hinton Battle Dance Academy and to write, direct, choreograph, and star in his third American Varity Bang.
It is with sore necks and happy hearts that we ended our November master class last Friday. Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford taught Fosse’s iconic “I Gotcha” trio from the Emmy Award-winning “Liza with a Z.”
Join us for The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC’s next Master Class November 17th-21st from 10:30am-12:30pm at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. We’ll be reconstructing “I Gotcha” from the Emmy Award-winning “Liza with a Z.” Learn this original repertoire from Fosse veterans Valarie Pettiford (DANCIN’, Big Deal, Chicago, Fosse—Tony nominated) and Lloyd Culbreath (DANCIN’, Sweet Charity, Big Deal). All levels of dance and/or Fosse experience welcome. Continue reading
Broadway World sat down with Broadway veterans, Lloyd Culbreath (DANCIN;’ BIG DEAL; SOPHISTICATED LADIES; THE TAP DANCE KID; HONKY TONK NIGHTS; ANYTHING GOES; GUYS AND DOLLS; CHITA RIVERA: THE DANCER’S LIFE; NO STRINGS, Encores; HOUSE OF FLOWERS, Encores; CARNIVAL, Encores; PROMISES, PROMISES, Encores; MAN OF LA MANCHA, Asst. Choreo.; ON THE TOWN, Asst. Choreo.) and Valarie Pettiford (TV/Film actress; CHICAGO, as Velma, London with Chita Rivera; SHOW BOAT Revival Tour, Julie; 30th Anniversary Tour of WEST SIDE STORY, Anita; SOPHISTICATED LADIES; GRIND; BIG DEAL; FOSSE, Tony Nominee), to discuss their efforts to preserve Bob Fosse’s legendary choreography for the next generation of dancers. The pair held an exclusive Fosse Workshop in early February and invited fifty professional dancers to learn the signature style and articulation of Fosse choreography. Nicole Fosse, the Director and Artistic Advisor for the Verdon Fosse Estate, remarked, “I want this current generation of working dancers to get the best possible people teaching them my father’s material. There are so many false impressions out there of what my father’s style and technique is…By using Estate sanctioned teachers, I feel a new generation of dancers will have a much cleaner understanding of performing Fosse material.” Continue reading
American Film | Magazine of the Film and Television Arts | November 1979
Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz: A Life As Extravaganza
“Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz is a confessional, hallucinatory extravaganza. Here is his candid assessment of frenetic life in film and theater.” Continue reading