Bob Fosse's Dancin'to be revived on Broadway in the spring of 2009

Bob Fosse's Dancin' is to have its first revival on Broadway in the spring of 2009 following an engagement in Toronto. The new production will be directed by multiple Tony Award nominee Graciela Daniele (Bernarda Alba, Ragtime, The Rink).

Tony Award winner Ann Reinking (Chicago, Fosse) will serve as artistic consultant and Kathryn Doby (who assissted Fosse in the priginal production) will recreate the original Fosse choreography. Nicole Fosse will advise the creative team on the revival of her father's masterpiece.

Produced by Whiskey Tango and Elaine Krauss in association with Dancap Productions Inc., the new production of Dancin' will include the addition of Bob Fosse numbers never before seen on stage.

Nicole Fosse comments "I am thrilled that Dancin' will return to Broadway for the first time since the original 1978 production. The creative team of Graciela, Annie and Kathryn - a longtime assistant to my father - is the most perfect group I can imagine to recreate my father's personal celebration of dance."

Originally directed and choreographed by the legendary and innovative Bob Fosse, Dancin' opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre on 27 Mar 1978. The show transferred to the Ambassador Theatre on 30 Nov 1980 and ran for a total 1,774 performances.

According to Martin Gottfried who wrote the Fosse biography "All His Jazz: The Life & Death of Bob Fosse," Fosse came up with the idea for the show Dancin' because he did not want to be burdened with pleasing artistic partners. "When you have collaborators, you have all those midnight meetings. I'm tired of those.... So I just decided to meet myself at midnight." Fosse approached Graciela Daniele to choreograph some of the dance routines, but Daniele refused saying "When you are out of ideas, call me. I have the feeling that once you get into it, you're going to want to do it all."

Drawing inspiration from popular culture and various types of music and movement, Fosse set out to create a tribute to the art of dance. The score of Dancin' is comprised of a collection of mostly American songs from a wide variety of styles including operetta, jazz and classical as well as titles by popular recording artists Neil Diamond and Cat Stevens.

Additional information about the show to be announced in the near future.

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