After a Jan. 24 print ad for Fosse quoted a critic likening the new revue to "having good sex...for two-and-a-half glorious hours," you can only imagine what preparations technicians made in the midtown Manhattan studio where the show's numbers were scheduled to be recorded Jan. 25.
Marilyn Egol of RCA Victor said there is no announced list of songs for the one-disc recording of the collection of numbers and dances choreographed by legendary Bob Fosse. She said the disc, produced by Jay David Saks, will be released April 27, 1999.
The recording is being made at the Hit Factory in New York City under Saks' supervision. Saks is the winner of seven Grammy Awards, including four in the Best Musical Show Album category. James Nichols is recording engineer.
This recording provides an opportunity to commit to disc songs unpreserved in the previous Fosse compilation, Dancin' (1978). Newly-designed recreations of Dancin' songs ("Sing, Sing, Sing," "Crunchy Granola Suite," etc.) make up a large chunk of Fosse, which opened to mixed reviews at the Broadhurst Theatre Jan. 14, 1999.
Credited with co-conceiving Fosse are Richard Maltby Jr., Chet Walker and Ann Reinking. Fosse's widow and longtime collaborator, the legendary dancer Gwen Verdon, is "artistic advisor." The production is directed by Maltby, and co-choreographed by Walker and Reinking. Valarie Pettiford and Jane Lanier are top-billed in the musical.
The Broadhurst was a lucky house for Fosse -- that's where his Dancin' ran 1,774 performances. Fosse died after suffering a heart attack in 1987.
Ticket sales so far during the January Broadway business slump are solid, according to a Fosse spokesperson. Fosse is only one of four new musicals so far this season: Footloose, Parade and the ballet, Swan Lake. As of the week ending Jan. 10, Fosse (then in previews) took in $505,164 and sold at 96.6 percent of capacity.
The Livent-produced show is considered "new" in the sense that it's a repackaging of routines, dance elements and full numbers devised by Fosse, the onetime dancer, stage director-choreographer and film director known for his slinky, hot, isolated muscle movements. The retrospective draws from previous Broadway shows, films, nightclub acts and TV specials.
The Jan. 14 opening night songlist for Fosse included:
"Life is Just a Bowl Cherries" (Big Deal)
"Fosse's World" (dance elements inspired by "The Little Prince," How to Succeed... and other shows or films)
"Bye Bye Blackbird" ("Liza With a Z")
"From the Edge" (Dancin')
"Percussion 4" (Dancin')
"Big Spender" (Sweet Charity)
"Crunchy Granola Suite"(Dancin')
"From This Moment On" (from the film, "Kiss Me, Kate")
"Walking the Cat" (dance elements from Redhead)
"I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" (Dancin')
"Shoeless Joe From Hannibal Mo" (Damn Yankees)
"Transition" (dance elements from New Girl in Town)
"Dancing in the Dark" (inspired by "the dance team of Bob Fosse and Mary Ann Niles")
"I Love a Piano" (dance elements from Fosse appearances on TV variety shows)
"Steam Heat" (The Pajama Game)
"I Gotcha" (TV's "Liza With a Z")
"Rich Man's Frug: The Aloof, The Heavyweight, The Big Finish" (Sweet Charity)
"Cool Hand Luke" (choreographed for Gwen Verdon for 1968's "Bob Hope Special")
"Big Noise From Winnetka" (Dancin')
"Dancin' Dan/Me and My Shadows" (Big Deal)
"Nowadays" and "Hot Honey Rag" (Chicago)
"Manson Trio" (Pippin)
"Mein Herr" (from the film "Cabaret")
"Take Off With Us - Three Pas de Deux" (film, "All That Jazz")
"Razzle Dazzle" (Chicago)
"Who's Sorry Now?" ("All That Jazz")
"There'll Be Some Changes Made" ("All That Jazz")
"Mr. Bojangles" (Dancin')
"Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" (Big Deal)
PART V: FINALE
"Sing, Sing, Sing" (Dancin')
The number, "Alley Dance," in which two men try to top each other with dance rotuines, was cut in New York previews. It was from the film, "My Sister Eileen."
For Fosse ticket information, call (212) 239-6200.