The national touring company of Fosse resumes strutting and slinking and sliding in the U.S. Oct. 30, following seven weeks of performances in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, Japan.
The company, representing the 1999 Tony Award-winning revue of Bob Fosse's dances, shakes off its jet leg in Raleigh, NC, Oct. 30-Nov. 4. The hit Broadway run ended Aug. 25, but not before it was preserved by PBS for a future broadcast. It won the 1999 Best Musical Tony Award.
A European tour of Fosse opened in Hamburg in June 2001. The U.S. national touring company of Fosse, which just returned from a tour of Japan, began performances in September 1999 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre in Chicago, IL, where it won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Non-Resident Production.
The musical is directed by Richard Maltby Jr. and Ann Reinking and co choreographed by Ann Reinking and Chet Walker. The late Gwen Verdon, Fosse's wife and artistic partner, was the show's artistic advisor.
The musical is a cavalcade of songs and dances that late choreographer director Bob Fosse staged for TV, film and the Broadway stage. Musical numbers include "Steam Heat," "Big Spender," "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Razzle Dazzle," "Rich Man's Frug," "Dancin' Man" and "Sing, Sing, Sing." Fosse's Broadway musicals include The Pajama Game, Redhead, Little Me, Sweet Charity, Chicago, Dancin', Damn Yankees, Big Deal, New Girl in Town and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. His film work includes the direction of "Sweet Charity," "Lenny," "All That Jazz" and "Star 80," and the choreography for "My Sister Eileen," "The Little Prince," "The Pajama Game" and "Damn Yankees."
The varied score of Fosse is heard on CD on the RCA Victor label.
Some previously announced fall dates were canceled, including Boston, San Francisco and Seattle.
The Fosse national tour stars Reva Rice, features Terace Jones and Josef Patrick Pescetto, with Ashley Bachner, Mark Burrell, Tina Cannon, Alexis Carra, Gerrard Carter, Lloyd Culbreath, Rick Delancy, Parker Esse, Aaron Felske, Darren Gibson, Francesca Harper, Melissa Hillmer, Curtis Holbrook, Sarah Jayne Jensen, Ron Kellum, James Kinney, Krisha Marcano, Sharon Moore, Noa Morr-Ott, Kathryn Mowat Murphy, Vincent Sandoval, Lynn Sterling, Mark Swanhart, Estelle Tomasovic, Chryssie Whitehead and Courtney Young.
Upcoming tour dates are:
Raleigh, NC (Memorial Auditorium) Oct. 30-Nov. 4
Wallingford, CT (Oakdale Theatre) Nov. 7-11
Birmingham, AL (BJCC Concert Hall) Nov. 13-18
Wilmington, DE (Playhouse Theatre) Nov. 27-Dec. 9
Richmond, VA (Landmark Theatre) Dec. 26-31
Greenville, SC (Peace Center) Jan. 2-6, 2002
Milwaukee, WI (Marcus Center for the Performing Arts) Jan. 8-13, 2002
Indianapolis, IN (Clowes Theatre) Jan. 15-20, 2002
Des Moines, IA (Civic Center) January 22-27, 2002
East Lansing, MI (Wharton Center) Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 2002
Hershey, PA (Hershey Theatre) February 5-10, 2002
Newark, NJ (New Jersey Performing Arts Center) Feb. 12-17, 2002