Bob Fosse News

Date of Birth: June 23, 1927
Date of Death: September 23, 1987 (60)
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Gender: Male
Tony Winner Ben Vereen Coming to Feinstein's at the Nikko in JuneTony Winner Ben Vereen Coming to Feinstein's at the Nikko in June
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Tony and Drama Desk Award winner, Ben Vereen, will bring his critically-acclaimed one-man show, Steppin' Out, to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only - Friday, June 17 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, June 18 (7 p.m.).Highlighting Mr. Vereen's unique blend of artistry, Steppin' Out combines a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. in an evening of unforgettable song and stories. Featuring songs from his immense repertoire - such as 'Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries' and 'Mr. Bojangles' - Mr. Vereen will also perform other hit songs including 'Defying Gravity,' 'Stand By Me,' and 'My Way.' Tickets range in price from $65 - $85 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com. (more...)

Original DREAMGIRLS Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday Reunite for BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Concert in L.A., 7/10Original DREAMGIRLS Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday Reunite for BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Concert in L.A., 7/10
by Adam Jay - Apr 27, 2016

Chris Isaacson Presents in association with Ronn Goswick has announced a Broadway Under the Stars special event, a one-night-only concert starring the original Dreamgirls - Independent Spirit Award-winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, Emmy Award-winner Loretta Devine, and Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Holliday in conversation and song. The curtain will rise at 8pm on Sunday, July 10 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Additional performers will be announced soon.  (more...)

BWW Preview: 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Jazzed for CHICAGO at the Fox Cities P.A.C.BWW Preview: 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Jazzed for CHICAGO at the Fox Cities P.A.C.
by Meredith Kreisa - Apr 27, 2016

CHICAGO is coming to the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center from May 17-22. It's time to get jazzed! (more...)

BWW Interview: HFAC to Announce Name Change at DAMN YANKEESBWW Interview: HFAC to Announce Name Change at DAMN YANKEES
by Alexander Garza - Apr 22, 2016

Michael Mongtomery and Julie Montgomery discuss the name change announcement for HFAC and the opening of DAMN YANKEES in Houston, TX (more...)


by Alix Cohen - Apr 21, 2016

When Tuesday night the formidable Chita Rivera opens her debut Cafe Carlyle show, An Evening of My Favorite Songs, with "I Won't Dance" (Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields/Jimmy McHugh), it's like watching a thoroughbred nose the racing gate. There's too little space on the small stage to do much more than shimmy, twirl, and display Bob Fosse-like arm moves; the performer exudes an urge to cut loose. At the ripe age of we-all-aspire-to-that-kind-of-unquenchable-joie-de-vivre, she shoots off sparks. (more...)

'RING OF FIRE', THE CHRISTIANS and More Set for Riverside Theatre's 2016-17 Season'RING OF FIRE', THE CHRISTIANS and More Set for Riverside Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, has announced its 2016-2017 Season. Building on the success and support the theatre has attained over the last few years, Riverside is proud to present another ambitious season of music, comedy, and drama. (more...)

BWW Review: CABARET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: CABARET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - Apr 20, 2016

Based on John Van Druten's play I Am a Camera which was adapted from Christopher Isherwood's short story Goodbye to Berlin, Cabaret is based in the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub as the Nazis were rising to power in Berlin back in 1931. The action is overseen by a Master of Ceremonies with the club serving as a metaphor for some of the ominous political developments in late Weimar Germany. The story revolves around 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer Clifford Bradshaw. A sub-plot involves a doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fraulein Schneider and her suitor Herr Schultz. (more...)

Thodos Dance Chicago to Bring New Dances 2016 to Athenaeum Theatre in JulyThodos Dance Chicago to Bring New Dances 2016 to Athenaeum Theatre in July
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Every year, Thodos Dance Chicago cultivates new dance creation through its nationally renowned New Dances series, Chicago's earliest and most extensive in-house choreography project, and always a highlight of the city's summer dance season. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Read the First Chapter of Tony-Winning Producer Jack Viertel's Book THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICALBWW Exclusive: Read the First Chapter of Tony-Winning Producer Jack Viertel's Book THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 19, 2016

In THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, Jack Viertel takes about musicals, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love with the art form all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next-by design or by accident, by emulation or by rebellion from OKLAHOMA! to HAMILTON and onward. (more...)

BWW Dance Article: 'Dance: Broadway Stage and Screen' Presented by THE DANCE ENTHUSIASTBWW Dance Article: 'Dance: Broadway Stage and Screen' Presented by THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST
by Bob Rizzo - Apr 18, 2016

On Tuesday evening April 12th, The Dance Enthusiast presented an informal evening of dance and conversation. The 4th in a series called Enthusiastic Events!, Dance: Broadway Stage and Screen consisted of three engaging speakers and two short dance performances. (more...)

BWW Dance Review: NEW YORK JAZZ CHOREOGRAPHY PROJECT a Plethora of Jazz DancesBWW Dance Review: NEW YORK JAZZ CHOREOGRAPHY PROJECT a Plethora of Jazz Dances
by Marsha Volgyi - Apr 14, 2016

At the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, located near Union Square, on April 9, 2016 the New York Jazz Choreography Project (NYJCP) had a line-up of thirteen jazz dances. Some of those acts ranged from duets to large ensembles. Their co-artistic director, Marian Hyun, spoke to the audience briefly to describe the goals of this not-for-profit organization. One of these goals is to keep American jazz dance thriving. The dance style of jazz is very important to me because this is what fuels many of the steps in numerous Broadway shows. Jazz has also showcased many great artists over the decades-Bob Fosse, Luigi, Ann Reinking, Jerome Robbins, and hundreds more. For this review, I will be highlighting my five favorite pieces. Each piece of the evening was a joy, yet I want to discuss those dancers and acts that significantly stood out to me. (more...)

Applications for 2016 Fred Ebb Award Now AvailableApplications for 2016 Fred Ebb Award Now Available
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

The Fred Ebb Foundation, in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company, will present the twelfth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters.  Applications for the award, named in honor of the late award-winning lyricist Fred Ebb, will be accepted from June 1- 30, 2016.  The winner will be selected in November of 2016.  Eligibility criteria and Application forms can be found at the foundations website: www.fredebbfoundation.org. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/12/16- BELLS ARE RINGINGSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/12/16- BELLS ARE RINGING
by Stage Tube - Apr 12, 2016

Today in 2001, the first Broadway revival of Bells Are Ringing opened at the Plymouth Theatre (now the Gerald Shoenfeld Theatre), where it ran for 68 performances. Bells Are Ringing is a musical with a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Jule Styne. The story revolves around Ella, who works at an answering service and the characters that she meets there. The original Broadway production, directed by Jerome Robbins and choreographed by Robbins and Bob Fosse, opened on November 29, 1956 at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for slightly more than two years, and starred Judy Holliday as Ella and Sydney Chaplin as Jeff Moss. (more...)

Chet Walker, Nikki Feirt Atkins and Ellenore Scott Set for The Dance Enthusiast's Broadway SeriesChet Walker, Nikki Feirt Atkins and Ellenore Scott Set for The Dance Enthusiast's Broadway Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

The Dance Enthusiast, leading an exuberant revolution in dance communication through awareness, celebration and integration of dance with stories following artists at work, is pleased to host its next installment of Enthusiastic Events!, Dance: Broadway Stage and Screen. (more...)

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas' 2016-17 Season to Include CHICAGO & MoreMainstage Irving-Las Colinas' 2016-17 Season to Include CHICAGO & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

MainStage Irving-Las Colinas unveiled four plays and a musical that will be produced as part of the 2016-17 season to a packed house of volunteers, subscribers, and supporters on Saturday night, May 9 at the Irving Arts Center. Met with tremendous excitement, the new season features Chicago the Musical, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Calendar Girls, Talking Pictures and My Sister Eileen. All MainStage productions are performed in the Dupree Theatre at the Irving Arts Center (3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, Texas 75062). (more...)

VIDEOS: CHICAGO's Jason Danieley Holds A Note For Longer Than It Takes Danny Kaye To Sing TchaikovskyVIDEOS: CHICAGO's Jason Danieley Holds A Note For Longer Than It Takes Danny Kaye To Sing Tchaikovsky
by Michael Dale - Apr 8, 2016

A lot can happen in 35.5 seconds, whether it's one note or an entire song. (more...)

Point Park University's The REP Sets 2016-17 SeasonPoint Park University's The REP Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

The 2016-2017 season of The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, will include regional premieres and shows written by some of the best contemporary playwrights. (more...)

Broadway's Loni Ackerman Set for Bickford Theatre FundraiserBroadway's Loni Ackerman Set for Bickford Theatre Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

? Broadway's Loni Ackerman is set to take her one-woman show to the Bickford stage on Saturday, April 30 at 7:00PM. This annual fundraising event will include great food and beverages, a 50/50 cash raffle, the always popular wine "Cork Pull," and a theatre ticket raffle. (more...)

BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY: Good for Your Heart and SoulBWW Review: SWEET CHARITY: Good for Your Heart and Soul
by Nancy Grossman - Apr 5, 2016

Director/choreographer Ilyse Robbins pays homage to Bob Fosse, but puts her artistic stamp on the 1966 Tony Award-winning musical. You will love Vanessa Dunleavy as the hopeful dance-hall hostess looking for love in all the wrong places. Stoneham Theatre veterans and newcomers comprise a stellar ensemble that delivers the songs and dances with panache. (more...)

BWW Interview: BILLY DITTY, A Dancer's LifeBWW Interview: BILLY DITTY, A Dancer's Life
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 5, 2016

When you're talking about dance and dancers in Nashville, one name immediately rises to the top of the list: Billy Ditty. No matter the genre, no matter the venue, no matter the project, he exemplifies dance in Music City for many people. (more...)

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