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Gwen Verdon

 
Date Of Death:
October 17, 2000 (???)
Birth Place:
Culver City, CA, USA
Bio:
Gwen Verdon was an American dancer and actress of stage and screen. While she originated many roles in musicals, she is also strongly identified with her second husband, director‚Äďchoreographer Bob Fosse, remembered as the muse/collaborator for whom he choreographed much of his work. Verdon ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: January 13, 1925
Date of Death: October 17, 2000 (75)

Birth Place: Culver City, CA, USA

Bio:
Gwen Verdon was an American dancer and actress of stage and screen. While she originated many roles in musicals, she is also strongly identified with her second husband, director‚Äďchoreographer Bob Fosse, remembered as the muse/collaborator for whom he choreographed much of his work. Verdon ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1975
Roxie Hart
Roxie Hart
Roxie Hart [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
1972
Helen Giles
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Charity Hope Valentine
Charity
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1959
Essie Whimple
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
Anna
Anna
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1955
Lola
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1953
Claudine
Eve
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1950
"I Didn't Want Him" Dancer
"Love It Hurts So Good" Dancer
"One Two Three" Dancer
"Propinquity" Dancer
"Cole Scuttle Blues" Dancer
Abou's Wife
  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1947
Performer
  [Los Angeles]
LACLO Production, 1940
Performer

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1986]
Assistant to Mr. Fosse
 
[Broadway, 1948]
Assistant Choreographer

Photos

Co-founders Eric Gunhus and Michael Apuzzo with Noah Fosse (center), Bob Fosse and Gw Photo

Co-founders Eric Gunhus and Michael Apuzzo with Noah Fosse (center), Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon's grandson. Photo by Shin Kurokawa.

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Date:
07/28/2019
Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse, Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon Photo

Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse, Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon

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Date:
05/14/2019
Michael Genet as doctor, Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse, Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon Photo

Michael Genet as doctor, Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse, Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon

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Date:
05/14/2019
Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon, Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse Photo

Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon, Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse

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Date:
05/14/2019
Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon, Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse Photo

Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon, Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse

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Date:
05/14/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1975
Roxie Hart

Roxie Hart

Roxie Hart [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
1972
Helen Giles

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Charity Hope Valentine

Charity

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1959
Essie Whimple

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
Anna

Anna

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1955
Lola

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1953
Claudine

Eve

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1950
"I Didn't Want Him" Dancer

"Love It Hurts So Good" Dancer

"One Two Three" Dancer

"Propinquity" Dancer

"Cole Scuttle Blues" Dancer

Abou's Wife

  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1947
Performer

  [Los Angeles]
LACLO Production, 1940
Performer

Productions

[Broadway, 1986]
Assistant to Mr. Fosse

[Broadway, 1948]
Assistant Choreographer

Gwen Verdon Biography

Gwen Verdon was an American dancer and actress of stage and screen. While she originated many roles in musicals, she is also strongly identified with her second husband, director‚Äďchoreographer Bob Fosse, remembered as the muse/collaborator for whom he choreographed much of his work.

Verdon starred in the original productions of Chicago (1975), Sweet Charity (1966), Damn Yankees (1956), and Can-Can (1953). Films include Marvin's Room (1966), Cocoon (1985), and Damn Yankees (1958). Verdon won 4 Tony Awards throughout her lifetime and was nominated for 2 others.

Gwen Verdon Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 1999 - Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre Gold Star
Gwen Verdon
 
Tony Awards - 1976 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Gwen Verdon , Chicago
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1966 - Best Performance Gold Star
Gwen Verdon, Sweet Charity
 
Tony Awards - 1966 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Gwen Verdon, Sweet Charity
 
Tony Awards - 1959 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Gwen Verdon, Redhead
 
Tony Awards - 1958 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Gwen Verdon, New Girl In Town
 
Tony Awards - 1958 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Gwen Verdon, New Girl In Town
 
Tony Awards - 1956 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Gwen Verdon, Damn Yankees
 
Tony Awards - 1954 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Gwen Verdon, Can-Can
 
Theatre World Awards - 1953 - Performance Gold Star
Gwen Verdon, Can-Can

Gwen Verdon News

Broadway Star Tony Yazbeck Joins A TOAST TO HARVEY! at The Triad Photo Broadway Star Tony Yazbeck Joins A TOAST TO HARVEY! at The Triad
by Stephi Wild - Jun 17, 2022

Complete casting announced for the Harvey Evans Tribute includes Jim Brochu, Anita Gillette, Joel Grey, Kurt Peterson, Marianne Tatum, Penny Worth and Tony Yazbeck, directed by Lawrence Leritz. Tony nominated Broadway star Tony Yazbeck will join A Toast to Harvey - Celebrating the Life and Career of Harvey Evans on Wednesday, June 22nd, from 6 - 9 PM at The Triad Theatre.

Tony Winning Star Joel Grey Joins A TOAST TO HARVEY! At The Triad, June 22 Photo Tony Winning Star Joel Grey Joins A TOAST TO HARVEY! At The Triad, June 22
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 10, 2022

Joel Grey, the Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe winning star will join A Toast to Harvey - Celebrating the Life and Career of Harvey Evans on Wednesday, June 22nd, from 6 - 9PM at The Triad Theatre.

A TOAST TO HARVEY ‚Ä"  CELEBRATING HARVEY EVANS Comes to The Triad This Month Photo A TOAST TO HARVEY ‚Ä" CELEBRATING HARVEY EVANS Comes to The Triad This Month
by Stephi Wild - Jun 6, 2022

The evening will be hosted by his good friend and fellow hoofer, Lee Roy Reams, and features performances and remembrances by Jim Brochu, Anita Gillette, Kurt Peterson, Marianne Tatum and Penny Worth and directed by DO40 board member Lawrence Leritz, producer and choreographer of The Triad Theatre's hit show Boobs! The Musical.

BWW Review: CHICAGO Razzles and Dazzles at the Stratford Festival Photo BWW Review: CHICAGO Razzles and Dazzles at the Stratford Festival
by Lauren Gienow - Jun 5, 2022

Stratford Festival audiences have been waiting a while for some 'razzle dazzle' and we finally got it when, after being sidelined by the pandemic in 2020, CHICAGO had its much-anticipated opening at the Festival Theatre exactly 47 years to the day the original production opened on Broadway! This production, directed and choreographed by Donna Feore, was well worth the wait. With incredible music, innovative and ambitious design and choreography, and dazzling performances from the entire company, this show is sure to be a hit with audiences all season long.

Catch Rian Keating Singing Jacques Brel This June At Don't Tell Mama Photo Catch Rian Keating Singing Jacques Brel This June At Don't Tell Mama
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 1, 2022

There are just two more chances to hear Rian Keating Sings Jacques Brel: on Thursday June 2 at 7 PM and again on Saturday, June 11 at 4 PM, at Don't Tell Mama. Music director is Woody Regan; directed by Tanya Moberly. All proceeds benefit the Golden Door Scholarship Fund.

More Talent Announced For Fire Island Dance Festival Photo More Talent Announced For Fire Island Dance Festival
by Stephi Wild - May 26, 2022

A bevy of performers bringing a new wave of fresh perspective to the world of ballet, plus internationally renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, have just been added to Fire Island Dance Festival’s luminous lineup.

BWW Review: DAMN YANKEES is a Winner at Shaw Festival Photo BWW Review: DAMN YANKEES is a Winner at Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - May 23, 2022

Americana and the Golden Age of the Broadway musical has happily landed at the Shaw Festival in their knock it out of the park production of DAMN YANKEES. After years without a staged musical at the Festival Theatre and repeated cancellations of it's production of GYPSY (thanks Covid!), the magic of the American musical comedy can be seen once again.

Stephanie Pope Lofgren to Direct SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at North Shore Music Theatre Photo Stephanie Pope Lofgren to Direct SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at North Shore Music Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 16, 2022

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE will be directed and choreographed by Broadway’s Stephanie Pope Lofgren who was an original cast member of London’s West End production.  SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE plays from Tuesday, June 7 thru Sunday, June 19, 2022.

Acclaimed and Emerging Dancers and Choreographers Join FIRE ISLAND DANCE FESTIVAL Li Photo Acclaimed and Emerging Dancers and Choreographers Join FIRE ISLAND DANCE FESTIVAL Lineup 
by A.A. Cristi - May 12, 2022

An electrifying roster of dancers from around the world will take the stage July 15-17, 2022, at Fire Island Dance Festival. 

Sunday Morning Michael Dale: Getting Scatological at POTUS and Unique Looks at Histor Photo Sunday Morning Michael Dale: Getting Scatological at POTUS and Unique Looks at History in H*tler's Tasters and The Trojan Women: A Native American Adaptation
by Michael Dale - May 8, 2022

This week I saw a Broadway farce, an Off-Broadway history play and an Off-Off Broadway adaptation all written and directed by women.

Gwen Verdon Videos

VIDEO: Pamela Anderson Gets Ready to Make Her Broadway Debut in CHICAGO VideoVIDEO: Pamela Anderson Gets Ready to Make Her Broadway Debut in CHICAGO
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 23, 2022

The name on everybody's lips is gonna be Pamela! The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago will welcome actress and activist Pamela Anderson making her Broadway debut in the role of Roxie Hart beginning Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

VIDEO: Fall For Dance Festival Returns To City Center VideoVIDEO: Fall For Dance Festival Returns To City Center
by Stage Tube - Sep 28, 2021

The 18th Fall for Dance Festival launches City Center's re-opening for in-person performances. Experience the thrill of live dance again in five unique programs - each featuring three different groups of artists and companies presented this year without intermissions - all for the price of a movie ticket.

VIDEO: Audra McDonald Reflects on a Year Without Broadway on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEY VideoVIDEO: Audra McDonald Reflects on a Year Without Broadway on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS
by Stage Tube - Mar 11, 2021

Audra McDonald discusses a year without Broadway, gushes about the star-studded cast of The Good Fight and shares her experience meeting Aretha Franklin.

Broadway Rewind: Sutton Foster & More Get Ready to Bring LITTLE WOMEN to Broadway in  VideoBroadway Rewind: Sutton Foster & More Get Ready to Bring LITTLE WOMEN to Broadway in 2005
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 28, 2020

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge continues the Broadway Rewind with a new edition that features Whoopi Goldberg, the late great composer Cy Coleman and starts things off with a sneak peek of the Broadway musical Little Women, which starred Sutton Foster, Maureen McGovern and Danny Gurwin.

VIDEO: Audra McDonald Performs 'Somewhere' And 'Some Other Time' to Honor Michael Til VideoVIDEO: Audra McDonald Performs 'Somewhere' And 'Some Other Time' to Honor Michael Tilson Thomas
by Stage Tube - Dec 16, 2019

Last night, CBS aired the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which paid tribute to conductor and composer Michael Tilson Thomas, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sally Field, Sesame Street, and Linda Ronstadt.

VIDEO: Michelle Williams Tackles Pay Inequality in Emmys Acceptance Speech For FOSSE/ VideoVIDEO: Michelle Williams Tackles Pay Inequality in Emmys Acceptance Speech For FOSSE/VERDON
by Stage Tube - Sep 23, 2019

Last night, Michelle Williams won the 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role as Gwen Verdon on FX's FOSSE/VERDON! Williams took the stage to give a passionate speech where she thanked her bosses for listening to her needs and paying her equally.

VIDEO: Michelle Williams Screamed When She Met Lin-Manuel Miranda VideoVIDEO: Michelle Williams Screamed When She Met Lin-Manuel Miranda
by Stage Tube - Aug 7, 2019

Michelle Williams stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday night to talk about her lifelong love of singing and dancing, what it was like when she first met Lin-Manuel Miranda, and working with Julianne Moore in After the Wedding.

VIDEO: Go Behind the Scenes of FOSSE/VERDON to Meet Nicole Fosse, Gwen and Bob's Real VideoVIDEO: Go Behind the Scenes of FOSSE/VERDON to Meet Nicole Fosse, Gwen and Bob's Real Life Daughter
by Stage Tube - Jun 3, 2019

FX has released a behind the scenes clip, where viewers can meet Nicole Fosse, the real-life daughter of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon.

VIDEO: Didn't Get Enough of FOSSE/VERDON? Check Out This Interview With Gwen Verdon B VideoVIDEO: Didn't Get Enough of FOSSE/VERDON? Check Out This Interview With Gwen Verdon Backstage at SWEET CHARITY in 1986!
by Stage Tube - Jun 1, 2019

Just can't get enough of Gwen Verdon, following the finale of Fosse/Verdon last week? Check out this flashback video of Verdon, interviewed backstage at the 1986 Broadway revival of Sweet Charity.

VIDEO: See How the Groundbreaking Choreography was Recreated for FOSSE/VERDON VideoVIDEO: See How the Groundbreaking Choreography was Recreated for FOSSE/VERDON
by Stage Tube - May 31, 2019

FX has released a behind the scenes clip of Fosse/Verdon that shows how Fosse and Verdon's groundbreaking choreography was recreated for the original series.


Gwen Verdon Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Gwen Verdon been in?
Gwen Verdon has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

How many West End shows has Gwen Verdon been in?
Gwen Verdon has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Gwen Verdon been nominated for?
Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards) , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Chicago , Best Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sweet Charity , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sweet Charity , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Redhead , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for New Girl In Town , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for New Girl In Town , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Damn Yankees Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Can-Can and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Can-Can .

What awards has Gwen Verdon won?
Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards), Best Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sweet Charity, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Redhead, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for New Girl In Town, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Damn Yankees Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Can-Canand Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Can-Can.