Jazz hands, baby!
FX has ordered an eight-episode series on the romantic and creative partnership between legendary choreographer/director Bob Fosse and legendary Broadway dancer Gwen Verdon.
Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams will play Fosse and Verdon. Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the executive producers.
You should be more excited about this, even if you're already into it. This is the real "La La Land."
According to Variety, Steven Levenson will serve as showrunner. He wrote the premiere episode, which is being directed by fellow executive producer Thomas Kail. Nicole Fosse, daughter of Fosse and Verdon, also serves as a co-executive producer.
Here's the show synopsis (via Collider):
"Based on 'Fosse,' the biography written by Sam Wasson, this eight-part limited series tells the story of the singular romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. He was a visionary 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. 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."
And now for some statements...
Nick Grad, co-president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions:
"We are over the moon about this dream team we’ve assembled for this incredible series. Tommy, Steven, and Lin are the perfect team to tell the story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and we’re so thrilled to have Sam and Michelle playing these iconic roles.”
Levenson, Kail, and Miranda in a joint statement:
"Bob Fosse ignited a revolution in American dance, theater, and film. But, in contrast to the well-worn myth of the visionary artist working in solitude, Fosse’s work would not have been possible without Gwen Verdon, the woman who helped to mold his style – and make him a star. We are honored to work with the incredible team at FX and Fox 21, and these two extraordinary actors, to tell the story of this remarkable couple, and the complicated, fascinating relationship between them."
Production starts this fall, with the series set to premiere on FX in 2019.
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