BWW Flashback: Freshen Up on Bob Fosse's Most Revelatory Moments Ahead of FOSSE/VERDON
All That Jazz and more is coming to FX. The highly anticipated miniseries Fosse/Verdon premieres tonight, April 9. With excitement building, BroadwayWorld has compiled a list of the most iconic dances and performances of Fosse's career.
Bob Fosse is considered one of the most prolific creators in film, dance and theatre, being inducted into the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York in April of 2007.
Spanning five decades, Fosse/Verdon explores the singular romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams). He is a visionary filmmaker and one of the theater's most influential choreographers and directors. She is the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. Only Bob can create the groundbreaking musicals that allow Gwen to showcase her greatness. Only Gwen can realize the unique vision in Bob's head. Together, they will change the face of American entertainment - at a perilous cost.
Before his story unfolds in Fosse/Verdon, take a look at what made him an icon.
"Steam Heat" - The Pajama Game
The Pajama Game was choreographed by Fosse for the stage and screen, winning his first Tony Award for the choreography.
"Whatever Lola Wants" - Damn Yankees
Fosse choreographed Damn Yankees for both the stage and the film. Here Gwen Verdon, the other namesake for Fosse/Verdon, performs as Lola, the role she created in the show on Broadway and for the film. Verdon and Fosse first met during the making of the Broadway production. They both won Tony Awards for their work in the show.
"Erbie Fitch's Twitch" - Redhead
Here Verdon is seen again doing Fosse's iconic choreography in Redhead, which Fosse also directed. The show won six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Verdon and Best Choreography for Fosse, being Verdon's fourth and Fosse's third Tonys.
"Rich Man's Frug" - Sweet Charity
Fosse directed and choreographed Sweet Charity on Broadway and on film. It won him another Tony Award for his choreography. The film in 1969 marked his directorial debut in film. The movie ended up flopping at the box office.
"Glory" - Pippin
Pippin is where Fosse shines through the moves. Ben Vereen, seen in this clip and to be portrayed in Fosse/Verdon, plays the Leading Player and went on to win a Tony for his performance. Fosse directed and choreographed the show, winning Tonys for both aspects, his first and only Tony he won for direction.
"Money" - Cabaret
The film adaptation marked a huge success for Fosse, the director and choreographer. The film won eight Academy Awards including Oscars for Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and Bob Fosse, winning his one and only Academy Award.
"Bye Bye Blackbird" - Liza with a Z
Liza with a Z was a stage concert filmed for television starring Liza Minelli. Fosse directed, produced, and choreographed, winning Emmy Awards for all three.
"All That Jazz"/"Nowadays" - Chicago
Chicago opened in 1975 starring Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon, both of Fosse's most frequent players. Opening the same year as A Chorus Line, the production was not a massive hit, winning no Tony Awards.
Catch Fosse/Verdon which premieres Tuesday, April 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.