“Bob Fosse’s Dancin'” returns to Broadway next spring in a reimagined production.
Previews for the musical revival are scheduled to begin on March 2 at the Music Box Theatre, ahead of an official opening night on March 19.
Direction and musical staging are by Wayne Cilento, who starred in the original Broadway production and earned a Tony nomination for his performance. Cilento will keep Fosse’s original choreography intact for the upcoming Broadway run.
“Bob achieved immortality through his work, and I consider it both the responsibility and honor of my life to steward his legacy for a new generation” said Cilento in a statement, “none of Bob’s shows exemplified the fullness of his spirit quite like DANCIN’ and bringing it back in this fresh way is how I hope to keep that spirit alive.”
“Bob Fosse’s Dancin'” features scenic design by Robert Brill, costume design by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung, lighting design by David Grill, sound design by Peter Hylenski, video design by Finn Ross, orchestrations, music supervision, vocal and incidental music arrangements by Jim Abbott, music direction by Justin Hornback, new music and dance arrangements by David Dabbon, casting by Tara Rubin Casting, production stage manager Beverly Jenkins, reproduction of Fosse’s choreography by Christine Colby Jacques, associate direction/musical staging and additional choreographic reconstruction by Corinne McFadden Herrera, text consultation and additional material by Kirsten Childs and assistant musical staging and additional choreographic reconstruction by Lauren Cannon.
The cast features Yeman Brown, Peter John Chursin, Dylis Croman, Jōvan Dansberry, Karli Dinardo, Tony d’Alelio, Aydin Eyikan, Manuel Herrera, Gabriel Hyman, Kolton Krouse, Mattie Love, Krystal Mackie, Yani Marin, Nando Morland, Khori Michelle Petinaud, Ida Saki, Ron Todorowski, and Neka Zang. Additional casting to be announced.
Fosse, who was nominated for 20 Tony Awards throughout his career, developed “Dancin'” in the 1970s. The original production opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on March 27, 1978, and ran there for two-and-a-half years before transferring to the Ambassador Theatre on Nov. 30, 1980. In total, “Dancin'” ran for more than five years, playing 13 previews and 1,774 performances before closing on June 27, 1982. Fosse served as the director and choreographer, with additional choreography by Christopher Chadman.
Cilento won the 1993 Tony Award for Best Choreography for “The Who’s Tommy.” He was nominated for his choreography for “Wicked,” “Baby,” the 1995 revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Dream” and “Sweet Charity.” In addition to ‘”Dancin’,” Cilento’s performance credits include the original company of “A Chorus Line,” “Irene,” “Seesaw,” “The Act,” “Perfectly Frank” and “Big Deal.”
“Bob Fosse’s Dancin'” ran earlier this year at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. The production featured well-known songs spanning a variety of decades and genres, including tunes from “Pippin,” “Gypsy” and “Sweet Charity.”
“Bob Fosse’s Dancin'” is produced on Broadway by Joey Parnes in cooperation with Nicole Fosse.