Fosse/Verdon

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Fosse/Verdon
Fosse Verdon FX.png
Promotional poster
GenreDrama
Based onFosse
by Sam Wasson
Developed by
Starring
Theme music composerAlex Lacamoire
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Steven Levenson
  • Thomas Kail
  • Joel Fields
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • George Stelzner
  • Sam Rockwell
  • Michelle Williams
Producer(s)
  • Erica Kay
  • Kate Sullivan
  • Brad Carpenter
CinematographyTim Ives
Editor(s)Tim Streeto
Kate Sanford
Production company(s)
  • West Egg Studios
  • 5000 Broadway Productions
  • Pyrrhic Victory Productions
  • Joel Fields Productions
  • Old 320 Sycamore
  • Fox 21 Television Studios
  • FXP
Release
Original networkFX
Original releaseApril 9, 2019 (2019-04-09) –
present
External links
Website

Fosse/Verdon is an American biographical miniseries starring Sam Rockwell as director–choreographer Bob Fosse, and Michelle Williams as actress and dancer Gwen Verdon. The series, which tells the story of the couple's troubled personal and professional relationship, is based on the biography Fosse by Sam Wasson. It premiered on April 9, 2019, on FX Network.

Premise[edit]

Fosse/Verdon tells the story of "the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. He was a filmmaker and one of theater's most influential choreographers and directors; she was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. Together, they changed the face of American entertainment — at a perilous cost."[1]

The story of the entire series unfolds through back and forth flashes of the couple's relationship through the years.[2] It includes the reversals of power and status as well as the contexts that let it all happen.[3] In addition, it also presents Fosse and Verdon's contribution to the entertainment industry despite their personal problems.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Life Is a Cabaret"Thomas KailStory by : Steven Levenson & Thomas Kail
Teleplay by : Steven Levenson
April 9, 2019 (2019-04-09)1BHR010.614[4]
Following the commercial failure of his filmmaking debut, Sweet Charity, Broadway director-choreographer Bob Fosse is determined to make his next directorial project, Cabaret, a success, even if it means defying producer Cy Feuer and cheating on his wife and creative collaborator, actress-dancer Gwen Verdon.
2"Who's Got the Pain?"Thomas KailSteven LevensonApril 16, 2019 (2019-04-16)1BHR020.425[5]
As Verdon and Fosse's marriage deteriorates following the discovery of his latest extramarital affair, Verdon reflects on how they first met during pre-production for Damn Yankees as well as how their personal and professional relationship began at the cost of Fosse's marriage to ailing Broadway star Joan McCracken.
3"Me and My Baby"Adam BernsteinDebora CahnApril 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)1BHR030.453[6]
With Fosse focused on editing Cabaret, Verdon auditions for the leading role in a straight play that forces her to reflect on her disastrous first marriage and a career change that led to her breakthrough performance in Can-Can.
4"Glory"Jessica YuTracey Scott WilsonApril 30, 2019 (2019-04-30)1BHR040.429[7]
As Verdon struggles with her personal life following the opening (and closing) performance of Children! Children!, Fosse juggles dealing with the success of Cabaret, spearheading production on Liza with a Z and Pippin, and grappling with the price of fame.
5"Where Am I Going?"Thomas KailCharlotte StoudtMay 7, 2019 (2019-05-07)1BHR050.312[8]
Three months after Joan Simon's death, and after Fosse's stay in psychiatric care, tensions rise during a rainy night in Fosse's Southhampton summer home among his guests, including Verdon, Neil Simon, Paddy Chayefsky, and Ann Reinking.
6"All I Care About Is Love"Minkie SpiroIke HolterMay 14, 2019 (2019-05-14)1BHR060.364[9]
An overworked Fosse suffers a heart attack while juggling between the editing of Lenny and the rehearsals for Chicago. In the hospital, he remembers the sexual abuse he endured as a teenager.
7"Nowadays"[10]Thomas KailJoel Fields & Steven LevensonMay 21, 2019 (2019-05-21)1BHR07TBD
8"Providence"[11]Thomas KailStory by : Joel Fields & Steven Levenson
Teleplay by : Steven Levenson
May 28, 2019 (2019-05-28)1BHR08TBD

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The rights to produce a limited-series based on Sam Wasson's biography Fosse were sold to FX Network by executive producer George Stelzner. In the summer of 2016, with the approval of FX creative executives, Stelzner pursued actor/writer Lin-Manuel Miranda and director Thomas Kail, of Hamilton, to join the project. Both Miranda and Kail were familiar with the Wasson biography as Miranda and Wasson were classmates at Wesleyan University years earlier. Tony Award-winning writer Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen) was next to joined the production team. Levenson and Kail would go on to earn the WGA credit designation of "developed for television by" for the limited-series. During the early stages of the development process, Kail and Levenson were instrumental in attracting the participation of Nicole Fosse, the only child of Bob and Gwen and the executor of the Fosse/Verdon estate. On July 5, 2018, FX announced an eight-episode order for a limited-series entitled Fosse/Verdon, with Sam Rockwell playing the role of Bob Fosse and Michelle Williams playing the role of Gwen Verdon. On October 25, 2018, it was reported that Kail would direct at least four of the series' eight episodes.[12] and he would go on to direct a total of five episodes. Executive producers included Levenson, Kail, Miranda, Stelzner, Rockwell and Williams, with Nicole Fosse as a co-executive producer, and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) as co-producer. On October 26, 2018, it was announced that Joel Fields, the showrunner of the acclaimed FX Network drama series The Americans would joined the Fosse/Verdon production as an additional writer and executive producer.[13] On January 23, 2019, the premiere date of April 9, 2019 was announced.[14]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Rockwell and Williams had been cast in the lead roles.[1] On November 19, 2018, it was announced Margaret Qualley and Norbert Leo Butz had been cast in series regular roles and that Aya Cash, Nate Corddry, Susan Misner, Bianca Marroquín, Kelli Barrett, Evan Handler, Rick Holmes, Paul Reiser, Ethan Slater, Byron Jennings, and Laura Osnes had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[15]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series commenced in November 2018 in New York City, and lasted until March 2019.[12][16]

Release[edit]

On January 6, 2019, a teaser trailer for the series was released.[17]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 82% based on 61 reviews, and an average rating of 7.25/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams give viewers plenty of razzle and dazzle in Fosse/Verdon -- a straightforward miniseries that is hampered by rote biographical tropes, but still shimmies with the requisite glitz, grit, and all that jazz audiences crave."[18] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 68 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[19]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Life Is a Cabaret" April 9, 2019 0.1 0.614[4] 0.2 0.729 0.3 1.344[20]
2 "Who's Got the Pain?" April 16, 2019 0.1 0.425[5] N/A 0.597 N/A 1.023[21]
3 "Me and My Baby" April 23, 2019 0.1 0.453[6] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Glory" April 30, 2019 0.1 0.429[7] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Where Am I Going?" May 7, 2019 0.1 0.312[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "All I Care About Is Love" May 14, 2019 0.1 0.364[9] TBD TBD TBD TBD

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (July 24, 2018). "Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michelle Williams, Sam Rockwell Team for Fosse-Verdon Series at FX". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Pham, Jason (April 18, 2019). "Michelle Williams Isn't the Only 'Fosse/Verdon' Cast Member to Look A Lot Like Who They're Playing". StyleCaster. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Gosh, Sayan (April 15, 2019). "'Fosse/Verdon' is not just for theatre nerds". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 10, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.9.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 17, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.16.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 24, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.23.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 1, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.30.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 8, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.7.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (May 15, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.14.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  10. ^ "(#107) "Nowadays"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  11. ^ "(#108) "Providence"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Evans, Suzy (October 25, 2018). "Steven Levenson and Mike Faist on Teaming Up Again for 'Days of Rage'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  13. ^ Sandberg, Bryn Elise (October 26, 2018). "'The Americans' Producer Joel Fields Joins FX's Fosse-Verdon Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  14. ^ Evans, Greg (January 23, 2019). "FX Sets Premiere Date For 'Fosse/Verdon' Starring Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (November 19, 2018). "'Fosse/Verdon' FX Limited Series Rounds Out Cast; Norbert Leo Butz & Margaret Qualley Set As Series Regulars". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  16. ^ Welch, Rebecca (November 14, 2018). "Chris Evans' Next Adventure Is Casting Now". Backstage. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  17. ^ Porter, Rick (January 6, 2019). "Sam Rockwell-Michelle Williams FX Series 'Fosse/Verdon' Unveils First Teaser". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  18. ^ "Fosse/Verdon: Miniseries - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "Fosse/Verdon Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  20. ^ Welch, Alex (May 6, 2019). "'Game of Thrones' premiere (predictably) dominates the cable Live +7 ratings for April 8-14". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  21. ^ Welch, Alex (May 8, 2019). "'Game of Thrones,' 'Teen Mom 2' score largest 18-49 boosts in cable Live +7 ratings for April 15-21". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 8, 2019.

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