Bob Fosse’s ‘Dancin” plans to glide back to Broadway
The show marries high-intensity, varied dancing styles to a soundtrack that includes such artists as Johann Sebastian Bach, Neil Diamond and Carole Bayer Sager. The songs include George M. Cohan’s “Yankee Doodle Dandy” to Cat Stevens’ “Was Dog a Doughnut.”
“I really see it as a magic carpet ride. The audience gets on the magic carpet and you’re taken for a ride,” said Nicole Fosse, the child of Fosse and Gwen Verdon. “I don’t ever think of it as a musical revue, although I know back in the ’70s it was labeled a musical revue. I’ve always disagreed with that. There is no plot, but you’re taking on a very specific journey.”
The new version will be faithful to the original with perhaps some new orchestrations and a tribute to Fosse tucked inside.
“He was so in touch with the human heart and the pulse of the people — that doesn’t go out of style,” Nicole Fosse said. “Bob Fosse was always on the cutting edge, with his fingers on the hot buttons of the days’ issues and the human condition, and so that will continue.”
Her father was the exacting mind behind the angular movements and bowler hats of the celebrity-skewering “Chicago,” the brutally autobiographical “All That Jazz” and the dark punch of the film “Cabaret.”
While the soon-to-be relaunched revival of “Chicago” has choreography inspired by Fosse, Nicole Fosse doesn’t see it as an adequate representation of her father’s vast dance work, which was broad and eclectic. Over the years, she also watched with dismay as the so-called “Fosse style” grows stagnant, overly posed and two-dimensional.
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