Fosse! Fosse! Fosse! Sam Rockwell And Michelle Williams Are Set To Star In A FX Limited Series With Lin-Manuel Miranda Producing
Jazz hands up, toes down! Sam “I always feel like somebody’s watching me” Rockwell and the other Michelle Williams are set to star in an FX limited series about dance legends Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. Geeks like me rejoice! Only, can these two even dance? Variety reports that Lin-Manuel Miranda will be an executive producer and the first episode will be directed by LMM frequent collaborator Thomas Kail (also producing) who’s directed productions of “Hamilton” for the stage, as well as Grease Live! on Fox. The show, which is going by the title Fosse/Verdon for now, will be based on the book Fosse which I read because I can’t touch a hat without sliding my fingers across the brim back and forth. Yes, even ball caps.
According to Variety:
Based on “Fosse,” the biography written by Sam Wasson, the untitled eight-part series tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Fosse and Verdon. He was a visionary filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors, while she was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time.
Together they changed the face of American entertainment at a perilous cost. Featuring Fosse’s choreography, the series explores the hidden corners of show business, the price of pursuing greatness, and the suffering inflicted in the name of art. Production on the series is slated to begin in the fall with the show set to launch in 2019.
I can get with this casting, but I’m still very worried about the dancing. Michelle is good at crying and batting wet, waifish saucer eyes at a trick, but I’ve never seen her try to do sexy or athletic, both of which are essential if she’s gonna bring any Gwen Verdon realness to the screen. And Sam will have to work to avoid falling into the trap of doing an impression of Roy Scheider doing an impression of Bob Fosse (Roy played Fosse in All That Jazz). But I do believe he’ll look hot in tight little dance costumes. They’re also going to have to cast somebody to play a young Chita Rivera who played opposite Gwen in the original Broadway production of Chicago. I hope to God Catherine Zeta-Jones doesn’t get wind of this show. I’m am absolutely sure she thinks she can still play “mid to late 20’s Latina”.
Here’s Gwen in one of her most famous numbers from “Damn Yankees!“, proto-voguing and using the recently departed Tab Hunter as a prop.
And here’s Gwen and Bob doing the damn thing.