Did you catch the premiere of FX’s new limited series, Fosse/Verdon, on Tuesday night? The eight-part series chronicles the creative and complicated relationship of renowned Broadway power couple, Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. Fosse was a Hollywood hoofer turned award-winning director and choreographer, known for such shows as Chicago, Sweet Charity and Pippin, and films including All that Jazz, Star 80 and Lenny.
His wife, muse and artistic partner, Verdon, began as a dancer and assistant to Jack Cole. She went on to star in a host of Broadway shows (many of them directed and choreographed by Fosse) and kept her late husband’s legacy alive through the 1999 Broadway revue, Fosse.
While Fosse has frequently been the center of documentaries and biographies, Fosse/Verdon illustrates the partnership between Fosse and Verdon that made their life’s work so legendary. Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams star in the title roles. The show is directed by Thomas Kail, written by Steven Levensen, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler and Susan Meisner, and co-produced by Fosse and Verdon’s daughter, Nicole.
The eight-part Fosse/Verdon spans several decades and touches upon many of Fosse and Verdon’s celebrated shows and films. Broadway Dance Center is thrilled to partner with The Verdon Fosse Legacy to host another Fosse Master Class Series — this time, featuring original Fosse choreography that is depicted in or was inspiration for Fosse/Verdon. The master class series, occurring on Sundays, which began on April 14, will focus on thematic material depicted in the previous week’s episode.
Check out the incredible line-up of Legacy-sanctioned instructors, and be sure to pre-register for classes at www.broadwaydancecenter.com.
April 14, 6-9pm: Dana Moore, Sweet Charity/Cabaret
April 21, 12-3pm: Lloyd Culbreath, Damn Yankees
April 28, 10:30-1:30pm: Pamela Sousa, Pippin
May 5, 1:30-4:30pm: Shannon Lewis, Liza with a Z
May 12, 12-3pm: Cady Huffman, Big Deal
May 19, 1:30-3:30pm: Dana Moore, young Bob Fosse
May 26, 12-3pm: Dana Moore and Ron Schwinn, Chicago (1975)
June 2, 1:30-3:30pm: Gary Flannery, Dancin’
By Mary Callahan of Dance Informa.