Bob Fosse in the studio (Dance Magazine Archives)

The "Hamilton" Team Is Bringing a Fosse Series to FX (!!!)

OH. MY. FOSSE.

"Fosse/Verdon," an eight-episode tv series about iconic choreographer Bob Fosse and his longtime muse (and wife) Gwen Verdon, is coming to FX.

But wait, guys. It gets even better:


Based on Sam Wasson's biography, Fosse, the show will star Sam Rockwell as the great man and Michelle Williams (who was epic in the Broadway revival of Fosse's Cabaret) as the equally great Verdon. And its lineup of producers includes not only all-around legend Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton director Thomas Kail, but also Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and Fosse and Verdon's daughter, Nicole Fosse. Which means the dancing is going to be DARN GOOD. (As it darn well should be.)

"My mother and father have one of the greatest love stories ever known," Nicole Fosse said in a release. "They were extremely complex people with an indestructible bond, loyalty and trust that endured both fantasy and reality. Finally, we have a creative team with the talent and wisdom to tell the story."

Blankenbuehler, who danced in the Broadway musical Fosse back in the day, had this to say about the project:

And Miranda? He expressed his excitement in typical fashion—with an absolutely perfect gif:

(For the uninitiated, that'd be Verdon and Fosse dancing together in "Who's Got the Pain" from the 1958 film version of Damn Yankees, a number you should go watch immediately. And then watch again. And again.)

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

Margaret

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