The Fosse/Verdon Trailer Brings All Our Broadway Nerd Fantasies to Life
Any Broadway fan worth their salt undoubtedly knows about the tumultuous artistic love affair between iconic choreographer Bob Fosse and dancer/actress Gwen Verdon. Fosse and Verdon worked together on some of the most iconic musicals and films of the time, including Damn Yankees!, Cabaret, Chicago, and Sweet Charity. But their creative and romantic relationship was besieged with problems, including Fosse’s addiction and his penchant for womanizing.
Now, Broadway’s most iconic couple is getting the miniseries treatment on FX. Fosse/Verdon stars Academy Award winners Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams as the titular pair, and follows their complicated relationship. The synopsis reads:
Based on Fosse, the biography written by Sam Wasson, this eight-part limited series tells the story of the singular romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. He was a visionary filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors, she was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. Together they changed the face of American entertainment – at a perilous cost. Featuring Fosse’s choreography, the series explores the hidden corners of show business, the price of pursuing greatness, and the suffering inflicted in the name of art.
There’s a lot to be excited about with this miniseries. For starters, FX has a great track record when it comes to the genre (Trust, American Crime Story, Feud). The series also has some serious Broadway credentials behind it, with executive producers Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton director Thomas Kail, and Dear Evan Hansen writer Steven Levenson.
In addition to its talented leads, Fosse/Verdon also features Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers) as Ann Reinking, Fosse’s muse and lover, Norbert Leo Butz (Trust) as playwright and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky, and Kelli Barrett (The Punisher) as Liza Minnelli.
Plus, the miniseries will feature Fosse’s signature choreography, and some of the most iconic numbers in musical theater. Broadway fans will have plenty to enjoy with this lavish adaptation. The series premieres on April 9th on FX, but if you’re looking to get your Fosse fix before then, I’d recommend watching his autobiographical film All That Jazz, or these two numbers we get a glimpse of in the trailer:
What do you think of the Fosse/Verdon trailer? Are you excited to watch?
(via Collider, image: screencap)
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