Fosse/Verdon takes home 4 Emmy Awards

FX’s “Fosse/Verdon” scored 4 Emmy Awards during the 2019 awards show presentation including Outstanding Lead Actress (Michelle Williams), Musical Direction (Alex Lacamoire), Hairstyling, and Makeup (non-prosthetic) for a Limited Series.

Nicole Fosse served as co-executive producer and creative consultant for the 8-part critically acclaimed series.

Click here to read Michelle Williams’ show-stopping speech.

Nicole Fosse with “Fosse/Verdon” director, Thomas Kail

 

Stephanie Pope: What Was Bob Fosse Really Like?

by Frank Rizzo
May, 2019

Many fans of Broadway musicals are riveted to the current television mini-series Fosse/Verdon on the FX Network. The eight-episode series, based on the biography Fosse by Sam Wasson and directed by Tommy Kail (Broadway’s Hamilton), follows the lives, careers, and relationships of film, stage, and television director-choreographer Bob Fosse, played by Sam Rockwell, and beloved Tony Award-winning actress-dancer Gwen Verdon, played by Michelle Williams.

Watching the series with particular interest in Stephanie Pope, who is featured in a revival of The Music Man at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. (The run of the musical has been extended to Thursday, June 20.) Pope plays the comic character role of the mayor’s wife, Eulalie Shinn, but she proudly calls herself “a Fosse dancer,” having performed in many of his shows.

I talked with Pope, whom I saw in Fosse’s last original Broadway musical, Big Deal, during its out of town try-out in Boston in 1986. (The show closed shortly after it made it to Broadway, though his choreography earned Fosse his eighth Tony Award.)

In 1987, Pope played Helene in the tour launch of the revival of Sweet Charity, which starred Debbie Allen on Broadway. Fosse and Verdon were readying the company when he collapsed on the street in Washington, D.C. while walking with Verdon from his hotel to the theater where the tour was about to open that night. He died of a massive heart attack later that evening. He was 60.

What was he like that day?

“He rehearsed us like crazy and at the end we all gathered around and he made a speech, saying things like ‘Save your money,’ and things like that. We thought it was kind if an odd speech to give on an opening day.

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Dance Against Cancer 2019

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.

Professional Work Session with Linda Haberman

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).

“Beat Me Daddy” from BIG DEAL

Fosse Master Classes @ BDC

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

[from Variety.com]

5 Things We Learned at TCA 2019: Day 7

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“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.”

2018 Career Transition for Dancers Gala

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.