‘Fosse/Verdon’ is an American biographical miniseries that airs on FX. The show is based on the book ‘Fosse’ by Sam Wesson. Steven Levenson, famous for ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is the acting showrunner. With Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions acting as the production companies, ‘Fosse/Verdon’ has Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, George Stelzner, and Joel Fields as its executive producer. Erica Kay is the producer of the show.
The show mostly focuses on the personal problems that Fosse and Verdon faced in their relationship. It also takes a look at how this troubled personal relationship inevitable spilled over and had an effect on their professional work as well. Viewers might want to check out ‘All That Jazz’, the 1979 semi-autobiographical movie by Fosse, to get a better idea of the man, as a companion piece to the show.
Fosse/Verdon Cast: Who is in it?
‘Fosse/Verdon’ not only be a looks at the troubled romantic life and creative partnership between Fosse and Verdon but also explores how Broadway and the big names in theater were at the time of this influential choreographer-dancer duo. The main cast includes Sam Rockwell, of ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri‘ fame and Michelle Williams of ‘Manchester by the Sea‘ fame. They play the roles of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon respectively. For those unaware, Fosse was an American dancer and considered to be an extraordinary musical theater choreographer.
Gwyneth Evelyn “Gwen” Verdon was an American dancer, most identified for her collaboration with Fosse. But even apart from that, Verdon’s talent itself set her apart as one of the most gifted performers to have graced Broadway. Other members of the main cast include Margaret Qualley as Ann Reinking, a famous Broadway dancer known for her extensive experience and works like ‘Coco’ and ‘Chicago’. Norbert Leo Butz appears as Sidney Aaron ‘Paddy’ Chayefsky, the renowned playwright and scriptwriter who holds the distinct honor of having won three solo Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. One of his best works includes ‘Network’. Other cast members include Nate Corddry who plays renowned American screenwriter and novelist Neil Simon, and Kelli Barrett who plays American actress and singer Liza Minnelli.
Fosse/Verdon Plot: What is it about?
‘Fosse/Verdon’ has an intricate and expansive plot that has best been described by The Hollywood Reporter, “the project tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Williams). He was a 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.
The series features Fosse’s choreography and explore the hidden corners of showbiz, the price of pursuing greatness and the suffering inflicted in the name of art”. The show, in its attempt to pay the greatest attention to details, has Nicole Fosse, actress, dancer and producer, and the daughter of Fosse and Verdon, as the co-executive producer. She is also going to be the overseer of the Fosse Verdon legacy. She spoke about the show, saying, “My mother and father have one of the greatest love stories ever known. They were extremely complex people with an indestructible bond, loyalty, and trust that endured both fantasy and reality. Finally, we have a creative team with the talent and wisdom to tell the story.”