Stephen Schwartz Speaks Up About How the Story of PIPPIN Was Told on FOSSE/VERDON
In a recent episode of FX's Fosse/Verdon, Bob brings Pippin to Broadway, and composer Stephen Schwartz, who was also represented in the episode, is speaking up about his thoughts on how the story is being told.
In a recent interview with Carol de Giere, Schwartz commented: "Listen, I didn't like Bob as a person. He was difficult to collaborate with. He was a nasty guy. He was a bully. But my admiration for him was strong then and has only grown stronger over the years."
He continued: "I really liked the Pippin episode of Fosse/Verdon. I thought it was the strongest so far, but maybe that's just me being solipsistic. In any event, I liked how the writers used material from Pippin to reflect Bob's own psychological struggles, and I especially admired the use of "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" for Nicole, which I found quite moving (and well performed by the young actress playing Nicole). It was uncanny how apt the lyrics were (except for the last line). I thought it showed the continuing relevance and resonance of Pippin in terms of its underlying emotional content, and it made me newly proud of the show."
Click here to read the full interview.
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.