RIP Stanley Donen

The Verdon Fosse Legacy mourns the loss of Stanley Donen. Donen directed such films as “Give A Girl A Break” (1953), “The Pajama Game” (1957), “Damn Yankees” (1958), and “The Little Prince” (1974).

Bob Fosse, Stanley Donen, and Debbie Reynolds on the set of “Give A Girl A Break” (1953)

Stanley Donen, Director of Iconic Movie Musicals, Dies at 94

VFL Protégé Program

The mission of The Verdon Fosse Legacy is to promote, preserve, and protect the artistic and intellectual property of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. We are excited to announce the inaugural VFL Protégé Program, an invited educational and experiential training for the next generation of teachers and reconstructeurs of Bob Fosse’s choreography.

The Verdon Fosse Legacy would like to welcome Michael McArthur to our newly realized Protégé Program.  Michael has been studying, performing, and assisting various teachers at the Verdon Fosse Legacy for several years.  He has vast experience working in film and on stage in many disciplines in dance including modern, ballet, and jazz, and has served both as a swing and dance captain.   Michael also spent 10 years with the Radio City Rockettes under the direction of Bob Fosse dancer, Linda Haberman.

Back at Broadway Dance Center

Broadway Dance Center will be hosting Fosse Master Classes throughout February.  Check out the schedule below and visit www.broadwaydancecenter.com to pre-register.

Sunday, February 3rd 1:30-4:30pm
with Michael McArthur
teaching “Steam Heat” from THE PAJAMA GAME

Sunday, February 10th 1:30-4:30pm
with Valarie Pettiford
teaching “Razzle Dazzle” from CHICAGO (1975)

Sunday, February 17th 12-3pm
with Valarie Pettiford
teaching “We Both Reached for the Gun” from CHICAGO (1975)

Sunday, February 24th 1:30-4:30pm
with Jane Lanier
teaching “The Aloof (Rich Man’s Frug)” from SWEET CHARITY (1986)

See you in class!

This is our “Once-A-Year Day!”—Happy Fourth of July! The Pajama Game 1957

Happy Fourth of July!  Since many Americans will celebrate this holiday with a picnic in the park, here’s a fun clip of Bob Fosse’s “Once-A-Year Day” from the 1957 film version of “The Pajama Game.”

In a Dance Magazine article (1957), Carol Haney described the “Once-A-Year Day” choreography—both the choreography of the movement and of the camera: “For a scene like the big “Once-A-Year Day” number—the picnic dance which we did on location in a park—Bob Fosse re-choreographed his original dance completely to involve more people and all the space you can cover with a camera. And Stanley Donen, who knows about dance, photographed it in wonderful travelling shots that captured all of the dynamism of the movements and at the same time provided enough air around the performers to make their movements significant. You see, you just can’t set up your camera and photograph a dance…You have to know just where to place it, which angle will make it exciting and alive.”