First heard @chicagomusical, looking back 45 years ago news clipping as published #OTD in @variety#VarietyMagazine on November 29, 1972 with headline reading:
Fosse, Verdon In Musical ‘Chicago’
A musical version of “Chicago,” the 1926-27 comedy hit by Maurine Watkins, is planned for production during the fall of 1973 by #RobertFryer. #JohnKander and #FredEbb are to do the book and write the songs for the show, along with Bob Fosse also as director-choreographer and Gwen Verdon starring. Rehearsals are tentatively due to start next August. “Chicago,” produced by Sam H. Harris and staged by George Abbott, was a 172-performance hit at the Music Box, N.Y., with Francine Larrimore in the leading role and a cast including Charles Bickford, Charlies Halton, Robert Barrat, Arthur Vinton and Dorothy Stickney.
A film edition was made by 20th Century-Fox in 1942, under the title, “Roxie Hart,” with #GingerRogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman. #RoxieHart#Chicago#BobFosse#GwenVerdon#Broadway#musical #ChicagoonBroadway#Chicagothemusical
Pictured a black and white press photograph taken backstage before a Can-Can performance on “December 14, 1954” with additional verso text reading:
“Gwen has found that stardom requires a good deal of hard work. Here she goes through some energetic limbering up before a matinee performance.”
Verdon’s “limbering up” won her first of four Tony awards for her triumphant performance in famed American composer and songwriter #ColePorter#Broadway hit #musical Can-Can. #GwenVerdon#CanCan#1954#Broadwayhistory
"Tone lower?" from the archives Bob Fosse's penciled sheet music from box 57C folder 3 dated April 26, 1955 with Fosse's home address 91 Central Park West "Piano-Conductor Who's Got the Pain"— #Lola and Mambo dancer from #DamnYankees#Broadway stage and #WarnerBros motion picture.
Directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen.