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re: "BOB FOSSE’S DANCIN’” HEADED BACK TO BROADWAY
Posted by: AlanScott 04:29 pm EDT 06/03/21
In reply to: re: "BOB FOSSE’S DANCIN’” HEADED BACK TO BROADWAY - larry13 12:17 pm EDT 06/03/21

I saw Dancin' at a Wednesday matinee a bit over six months into the run. Maybe the cast had Wednesday-matinee blues — the house was far from full — or doing two shows a day was too hard and they were holding back for the evening show, and perhaps these things affected my perception of the show. Or perhaps I would have felt the same at any other performance. In any case, there was one great number — the justly celebrated "Sing, Sing, Sing" — and Charles Ward was spectacular doing "Ionisation" and there was nothing else I particularly liked. There were a couple of numbers that I just could not stand. The ladies doing "Here You Come Again" seemed like they hated doing it and wanted to be anyplace else, and I couldn't altogether blame them.

I will add that I was just thinking last night about how much I wish I could have seen the original production of Sweet Charity and what a great choreographer and director Fosse was. But I think he probably needed a story or at least a context on which to build his dances. That's not to say that he couldn't occasionally do isolated brilliant dances, but it sure did not seem to me on that afternoon in October 1978 that he came up with nearly enough of them to sustain a show like that. Obviously, you and I were in the minority.
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