bob fosse and gwen verdon

Last week, news broke that FX is producing a limited series based on the relationship between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, with Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams in the lead roles. Fosse/Verdon will be executive produced by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is also composing the score. This is thrilling news for fans of musical theater, but should excite even the non-initiated. Fosse and Verdon’s story is one of absolute passion; for their work and for one another. Together, they created beautiful, iconic films and performances, and watching their story unfold with such talent backing it will be a treat for all.

If you’re not familiar with Fosse or Verdon, here’s a look back at who they were, how their paths crossed, what they created together, and how their love produced a golden age of musical splendor. And, of course, why their story will make for must-see TV.

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If you’re looking to make a biopic about Bob Fosse, how do you top his own cinematic autobiography, All That Jazz, structured around the muscular and intense Roy Scheider‘s performance as a lightly fictionalized version of the late choreographer/director?

I honestly don’t know, but it seems as if Bryan Singer is game to try. He’s got Jack the Giant Killer set up, which he’ll make soon, but is also now attached to a film version of the book Bye, Bye Life: The Loves and Deaths of Bob Fossee, which will be produced as a feature for HBO. Read More »