The story of the the troubled but brilliant partnership, on and off stage, between the legendary choreographer and director Bob Fosse and the Broadway star Gwen Verdon gets a superb, dark treatment in this limited series. Throwing us back and forth between seminal events in their lives (while also constantly reminding us of mortality), we learn how both people brought out the best and worst in each other, especially in Fosse’s case. Both actors deliver outstanding performances, but Michelle Williams is simply brilliant. Beautifully staged, with compelling, stylish recreations of movies and stage shows.
2019-U.S. Made for TV. 374 min. Color. Produced by Erica Kay, Kate Sullivan, Brad Carpenter. Developed by Steven Levenson, Thomas Kail. Directed by Thomas Kail, Adam Bernstein, Jessica Yu, Minkie Spiro. Book: Sam Wasson (”Fosse”). Cinematography: Tim Ives. Cast: Sam Rockwell (Bob Fosse), Michelle Williams (Gwen Verdon), Norbert Leo Butz (Paddy Chayefsky), Margaret Qualley, Aya Cash, Nate Corddry… Paul Reiser, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Trivia: Originally shown in eight episodes.
Last word: “We sat down with [Nicole Fosse] and met her and started talking and it immediately became clear that she was going to be a lot more than just somebody saying yes or no to this project; she was an incredible source of information and she just was an open book to us about her parents. Tommy [Kail] and I made this trip to New Hampshire to sit down with her for 24 hours and go through her scrapbooks and talk about her parents, and it was in that trip that we realized that the only way to tell this story was to make it about the two of them and that relationship.” (Levenson, Slate)