All tagged Bob Fosse

The Name on Everybody’s Lips is Gwen Verdon

With the TV miniseries Fosse/Verdon on is way to the small screen this April, I thought I would take some time to look back on one of Broadway’s most captivating triple-threats and honored leading ladies: Gwen Verdon. Gwen Verdon was a multi-Tony Award winner, playing a wide variety of roles, many of which became iconic thanks to her distinctive personality and voice, not to mention her nonpareil dance skills. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and remember the one, the only, the unforgettable, Gwen Verdon and the Broadway musicals that she touched.  

Broadway’s Chicago Looking for Its Next Roxie Hart

Do you have what it takes to be a Broadway star? Now might be your chance. Producers of the record-breaking hit musical Chicago are, in partnership with Broadway.com, hosting a national casting call to find the next Roxie Hart. The musical revival, which is celebrating its 22nd Anniversary on Broadway, will launch “The Search for Roxie!” in January of 2019. 

The Great Broadway Choreographers

Dance is an essential part of most Broadway musicals and there have been many amazing choreographers over the years. Some have really stood out, either reinventing the form and purpose of dance within Broadway musicals and/or bringing a signature style to their work that has become legendary in its own right. Today, I’d like to celebrate these gods and goddesses of the world of musical theatre dance and talk a little about how each of them left their imprint on the art form.

Broadway Blip: New Girl in Town

In the mid 1950s, composer-lyricist Bob Merrill found himself writing musicals for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at a time when the studio was just beginning to phase out the whole genre. The times were changing and the big-budget Hollywood musical was no longer the box office draw it had once been. A new sensibility was creeping into film that demanded tighter, smaller productions that were less expensive to produce. America was also changing. The children of the World War II vets were growing up, contemporary music was evolving, and soon rock & roll would be taking over the radio landscape. This new generation wanted Chuck Berry, Elvis and before long, The Beatles. Families were divided on entertainment. Musical films and the music generated by musicals grew more and more passé, a victim of the generation gap. This certainly took its toll on film musicals. After a few final crowning achievements with Gigi and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, by the middle of the 60s, MGM had halted production on musicals altogether.