The Verdon Fosse Legacy performed in the 9th annual Dance Against Cancer event at Lincoln Center. This year’s event raised over $450,000 for The American Cancer Society. Verdon Fosse Legacy Protege, Michael McArthur, reconstructed “Mexican Breakfast” (Ed Sullivan Show, 1969) for a trio of VFL dancers (Alyssa Epstein, Nicolas de la Vega, and Nicholas Sipes) and students from the Kanyok Arts Institute. Thank you to all of the dancers, donors, and administrators that helped facilitate this incredible performance for an incredible cause.
Linda Haberman taught a sold-out FOSSE Work Session at Steps on Broadway. Haberman served as assistant choreographer for Bob Fosse’s last original musical, BIG DEAL, and also performed in DANCIN’ and PIPPIN. Check out a short video clip from class (“Beat Me Daddy” from BIG DEAL).
Broadway Dance Center is proud to host The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC for a series of 3-hour master classes, in which students will learn iconic Fosse® rep under the direction of Fosse® veterans. Don’t miss your chance to train in one of Broadway’s most acclaimed techniques! These Adv FOSSE® REP classes are for dancers ages 16+.
Each week, students will learn choreography from the previous episode of Fosse/Verdon on FX! Click here to register.
“Fosse/Verdon” Leans on Fosse Biography, Nicole Fosse for Accuracy
The upcoming eight-episode series, starring Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse and Michelle Williams as his partner Gwen Verdon, is based on Sam Wasson’s “Fosse” biography and the input of Nicole Fosse, the pair’s daughter who acts as a producer for the show. But when asked if “Fosse/Verdon” reached out to anyone else depicted in the series (including Shirley MacClaine and Ann Reinking), especially after Olivia de Havilland sued over the portrayal of her on “Feud,” the creative team demurred, pointing to the extensive research and interviews that Wasson had originally done for the book.
“There’s also archival material and all sorts of other stuff to look at,” said executive producer Joel Fields, who most recently painstakingly fact-checked fact versus fiction on “The Americans.” “But our goal is to explore a relationship between [Fosse and Verdon] and to do it in an authentic way, and we are never looking to whip something up. So I don’t think that’s been an issue for us. It’s been easy to follow what the truth was as we see it and to try to let the drama flow out of that.”
The annual Actors Fund/Career Transition for Dancers Gala took place on October 31st at the New York Mariott Marquis. Funds raised by this gala provide vital services to the professional dance community including career counselling; scholarships; health insurance guidance, counselling and enrollment support; housing services; case management and so much more. The gala, hosted by Bebe Neuwirth, honored Baayork Lee, Jerry Mitchell, John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, and Carmen de Lavallade.
The Verdon Fosse Legacy was invited to perform again for this year’s event. Lloyd Culbreath and Marissa Calabrese reconstructed Bob Fosse’s “Mexican Breakfast” on Alexa de Barr, Jessica Lee Goldyn, and Cajai Fellows Johnson. The groovy trio, which originally starred Gwen Verdon, was performed on The Ed Sullivan Show (1969).
Cajai Fellows Johnson, Jessica Lee Goldyn, and Alexa de Barr
Nicole Fosse and Bebe Neuwirth
To learn more about The Actors Fund/Career Transition for Dancers, visit www.actorsfund.org.
FOX television recently released that an untitled Bob Fosse/Gwen Verdon miniseries is in the works. Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams are set to star in the leading roles and the creative team is comprised of Lin-Manuel Miranda (producer), Tommy Kail (director), Steven Levenson (book), and Andy Blankenbuehler (choreographer).
“Based on Fosse, the biography written by Sam Wasson, the limited series tells the story of the singular romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. He was a visionary filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors, she was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. (you can watch one of their classic dance numbers under the post.) Together they changed the face of American entertainment – at a perilous cost. Featuring Fosse’s choreography, the series explores the hidden corners of show business, the price of pursuing greatness, and the suffering inflicted in the name of art” (Nelly Andreeva for Deadline).
Nicole Fosse, artistic director of The Verdon Fosse Legacy and co-producer of this upcoming project, remarked, “My mother and father have one of the greatest love stories ever known. They were extremely complex people with an indestructible bond, loyalty, and trust that endured both fantasy and reality. Finally, we have a creative team with the talent and wisdom to tell the story.”
To honor the late, great Gwen Verdon, LaDuca Shoes is launching a limited-edition dance shoe called the “Gwen.” Named after Broadway legend, Gwen Verdon, the stunning new LaDuca boot features a 3-inch heel, a leather and suede dual finish, a medial zipper, and a soft, flexible sole. Only 24 pairs of this beautiful shoe will be available at the LaDuca summer sale July 28-29. Don’t miss the chance to get yourself a pair in homage to one of Broadway’s leading legends, Gwen Verdon.
photo: Mallory Pettee
Pictured above is Chita Rivera, Gwen Verdon’s partner in crime from the original production of CHICAGO, the first to don the new “Gwen” shoe.