Fosse to Say Hullo to London Feb. 8, 2000, at Prince of Wales Theatre

News   Fosse to Say Hullo to London Feb. 8, 2000, at Prince of Wales Theatre
 
The day after Fosse won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Musical on Broadway, it was announced in London that the West End premiere of the dance revue will be Jan. 24, 2000, at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

The day after Fosse won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Musical on Broadway, it was announced in London that the West End premiere of the dance revue will be Jan. 24, 2000, at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

After previews, official opening will be Feb. 8, continuing at least to June 2000, it was announced June 7.

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The Tony Award for Best Musical -- plus Tonys for lighting design and orchestrations -- pumped the Fosse box office with an extra shot of steam heat the day after the Livent-produced repackaging of Bob Fosse numbers won the American theatre's top prize.

Fosse, whose sales at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York have been solid and consistently higher than 90 percent capacity since it opened in January 1999, was booming June 7, the day after it was Tony-blessed. "We are easily tripling what we usually do at the box office," a Fosse spokesperson told Playbill On-Line the afternoon of June 7. "We had a very strong morning. Phones just keep ringing. There's been a line all morning. We're having a very good day."

Fosse begins a national tour in Chicago in September at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts-Oriental Theatre. The musical, co-directed by Ann Reinking and Richard Maltby Jr., includes classic Fosse choreography for "Steam Heat," “Rich Man’s Frug,” "Sing Sing Sing" and "Mein Herr.” The late Fosse began as a nightclub, TV and move musical dancer but rose to become one of America’s major theatre director choreographers. He also directed such films as “Lenny,” “Cabaret,” “All That Jazz” and “Star 80.”

Choreography is by Chet Walker and Ann Reinking. Artistic consultant is Gwen Verdon, Fosse’s widow, muse and dance partner.

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