Fosse/Verdon (2019)
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Gwen looks ahead to an uncertain future, as Bob tells the story of his life on film.

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Thomas Kail

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Steven Levenson (teleplay by), Joel Fields (story by) | 4 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Rockwell ... Bob Fosse
Michelle Williams ... Gwen Verdon
Norbert Leo Butz ... Paddy Chayefsky
Margaret Qualley ... Ann Reinking
Jake Lacy ... Ron
Peter Scolari ... Mel
Kelcy Griffin ... Debbie Allen
Aya Cash ... Joan Simon
Lin-Manuel Miranda ... Roy Scheider
Juliet Brett ... Nicole Fosse
Hadley Robinson ... Caroline
Meredith Garretson ... Bridget
Ryan Avalos ... Sam
Ari Brand ... Danny
Jeff Blumenkrantz ... Lonnie
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Gwen looks ahead to an uncertain future, as Bob tells the story of his life on film.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Austyn Johnson has previously played Michelle Williams daughter in The Greatest Showman (2017) See more »

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Fosse jokes about Tom Selleck playing him in "All That Jazz." In 1978, Selleck was still just a journeyman actor making guest appearances on TV series; he did not become a star until "Magnum, PI" premiered in 1980. See more »

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References Star 80 (1983) See more »

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Bye Bye Love
Written by Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant
Performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
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i'd be honored to..
29 May 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Fosse/Verdon

Thomas Kail and Steven Levenson, the creators, actually wants to tell this story. The zest keeps the series alive and us engaged in their intertwining of multiple parallel running plots, all synced in one big provocative musical number. Yes, provocative is the word I'd use. If watching Sam Rockwell play Bob Fosse arrogantly and Michelle Williams cutting him sharply, won't amp up you to the brisk of the seat, I don't know what will. Simply, put it this way, it is just good television. As mentioned, the non linearity is the best asset to the series. Not only for the subsequent punches that it prepares for, in each chapter but the magnitude of the change in the priority; hater gets to hate and lovers, the reason to run for the autographs.

And this is one of the primary reason why, the chapters keep increasing the stakes and as a result the adaptation, of Sam Wasson's book Fosse, keeps getting better. Surprisingly, the singularity of the character remain resonant. With this much plot being choked up, in the first glance, the structure looks like some tangled earphones- 21st century-, the command of these creators over these characters is impeccably inspiring. And the rest of the work is done by the performance of the cast. Signing big, big names like Rockwell and Williams, the check pays off.

The chemistry is better off left alone, and no matter how good your writing is, the performance is the only way that could have justified their real equation. Biting and kicking each other, from the first act, the choreographer is ignored by the dancer and the dancer is never respect in front of choreographer's eyes. Yet, Williams and Rockwell dances so elegantly. It is not the passionate attraction that makes us believes in their reasons for being together, it is something beyond the show business that they crave for or the social life that bars them to behave in a specific way or the ethical reasons of bearing each other in one room, it should have been Rockwell/Williams and not Fosse/Verdon.

Providence

After watching the previous chapter, I don't why but I felt a completeness in the characters, sweeping in, even the aftermath of their actions, they had lived. And I wasn't wrong, this is more off a sign off, the final "PS" statement to a love letter that these creators wrote so Hollywood-y.


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