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. The musical was conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr, Chet Walker, and Ann Reinking.

Productions[edit]

After 21 previews, the original Broadway production opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on January 14, 1999 and closed on August 25, 2001 after 1093 performances. The musical was directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Co-Directed by Ann Reinking, with original choreography Bob Fosse. The Co-Choreographer was Ann Reinking, with choreography re-creations by Chet Walker and Dance reconstructions by Lainie Sakakura and Brad Musgrove with Gwen Verdon as Artistic Advisor.[1]

In 2002, Fosse, featuring Reinking and Ben Vereen, was aired as part of the Great Performances series on PBS television.[2] A London production opened at the West End Prince of Wales Theatre on February 8, 2000 and closed January 6, 2001.[3]

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.[4] Reviewer Ben Brantley of The New York Times describes the show: "The ghost of the man being celebrated -- blurred and fleeting but definitely there -- first shows up when the girl bursts onstage with a scream. That's the signal for a sequence lasting just 45 seconds, and it occurs halfway through the first act of Fosse, the hard-working but oddly affectless evening of dance by the choreographer Bob Fosse that opened last night at the Broadhurst Theater. At the sound of that scream, which echoes not with terror but with irrepressible energy, a slender, elfin-faced fellow with a goatee shoots into view, sliding on his side like a runaway roller skate. The orchestra is playing Cole Porter's From This Moment On, as the couple perform an acrobatic, exuberant and exasperated mating dance, an ode to percolating hormones. You've just received, in darkest January, a quick infusion of springtime, and it's impossible not to grin. Those 45 seconds are famous. They had much to do with propelling Bob Fosse's career as a show-business-shaking choreographer and director of musical comedy. The vignette, here vibrantly performed by Andy Blankenbuehler and Lainie Sakakura, is a re-creation of the first sequence Fosse choreographed for film, a scene from the 1953 movie of Kiss Me, Kate, danced by Fosse and Carol Haney. It was a calling card, of sorts, announcing that an audacious new choreographic talent had arrived, and when you watch the film today, Fosse's pas de deux still seems to tear through the celluloid.[5]

Musical numbers[edit]

Broadway Opening Night Cast:

Valarie Pettiford, Jane Lanier, Eugene Fleming, Desmond Richardson, Sergio Trujillo, Scott Wise, Kim Morgan Greene, Mary Ann Lamb, Dana Moore, Elizabeth Parkinson Julio Agustin, Brad Anderson, Andy Blankenbuehler, Marc Calamia, Holly Cruikshank, Lisa Gajda, Scott Jovovich, Christopher R. Kirby, Dede LaBarre, Shannon Lewis, Mary MacLeod, Brad Musgrove (Dance Captain) Michael Paternostro, Rachelle Rak, Lainie Sakakura (Dance Captain), Alex Sanchez.

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. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "The 'Fosse' Sizzle Disappears on Bway Aug. 25; Tour Struts On"plabill.com, August 25, 2001
  2. ^ Jones, Kenneth. " 'From Broadway: Fosse' Airs on PBS' "Dance in America" Series, Jan. 23"playbill.com, December 31, 2001
  3. ^ " 'Fosse' Londonthisistheatre.com
  4. ^ "Curtain Up review"curtainup.com
  5. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Theater Review:An Album Of Fosse" New York Times, January 15, 1999

Further reading[edit]

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

External links[edit]