The "Hamilton" Team Is Bringing a Fosse Series to FX (!!!)
Bob Fosse in the studio (Dance Magazine Archives)
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.)
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: