Fosse

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Fosse
Fosse 1999 Original Broadway cast.jpg
Original cast recording
Basis Revue of Bob Fosse's choreography
Productions 1999 Broadway
2001 West End
Awards Tony Award for Best Musical
Drama Desk Outstanding Revue

Fosse is a three-act musical revue showcasing the choreography of Bob Fosse. After 21 previews, the original Broadway production, conceived and directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Ann Reinking and choreographed by Reinking and Chet Walker, opened on January 14, 1999 at the Broadhurst Theatre, where it ran for 1093 performances.

In 2002, Fosse, featuring Reinking and Ben Vereen, was aired as part of the Great Performances series on PBS television. A London production opened at the West End Prince of Wales Theatre on February 8, 2000 and closed January 6, 2001.[1]

The musical did not recreate the musical numbers as originally presented but instead had primarily black-and-white costumes (including the all-important hats), set against a simple setting. [2] Reviewer Ben Brantley describes the show as a "bookless three-act show, which has no identifying narrative or standard chronology... [with] particular physical vocabulary...the pigeon-toed stance, the cocked wrists, the twitching bums, the inwardly turned knees, accessorized with the essential white gloves and black bowlers."[3]

Musical numbers[edit]

Principal cast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1999 Tony Award Best Musical Won
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Desmond Richardson Nominated
Scott Wise Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Valarie Pettiford Nominated
Best Direction of a Musical Richard Maltby, Jr. and Ann Reinking Nominated
Best Orchestrations Ralph Burns and Douglas Besterman Won
Best Costume Design Santo Loquasto Nominated
Best Lighting Design Andrew Bridge Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical Revue Won
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Jane Lanier Nominated
Outstanding Director of a Musical Richard Maltby, Jr. and Ann Reinking Nominated

Original London production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2001 Laurence Olivier Award Best New Musical Nominated
Best Actress in a Musical Nicola Hughes Nominated
Best Theatre Choreographer Richard Maltby, Jr. and Ann Reinking Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fosse London - information on the theatre show
  2. ^ Curtain Up review
  3. ^ New York Times, Ben Brantley, January 15, 1999

Further reading[edit]

  • Wasson, Sam. Fosse (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2013) 723 pages; scholarly biography

External links[edit]