Saturday, December 15, 2018

WEEK AT A GLANCE: December 10 - December 16

audition notice - TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE - Space 55 - January 14

Director Keath Hall

Tis Pity She's A Whore by John Ford

A contemporary of Shakespeare, Ford's play is a violent romp through a twisted patriarchal society. Like Romeo & Juliet but with the violence of Titus Andronicus. This is a heavily adapted version with some rearranging of story and themes.


Bonaventura:  Commanding Nun with a strong and influential presence throughout the play. Comfortable with stage combat.

Soranzo: Suitor to Annabella. High class & powerful.

Grimaldi:  Suitor to Annabella. Soldier & violent.

Bergetto:  Reluctant suitor to Annabella and full of bawdy humor.

Donado/ Hippolita: Donado is the Aunt to Bergetto and head of her house. Hippolita is wife to Richardetto and jilted lover of Soranzo out for revenge.

Richardetto: Husband of Hippolita disguised as a doctor to get revenge on Soranzo. Musical instrument a bonus.

Philoten: Niece to Richardetto. Musical instrument a bonus.

Florio: Father to Annabella & Giovanni. Businessman.

Putana: Annabella's caretaker/companion. Like Juliet's nurse but dirtier.

Giovanni: This role has been cast.

Annabella: This role has been cast.

*All actors will participate in Stage Combat except Florio and Donado/Hippolita. The ability to play a musical instrument is desirable for any of the characters.

Rehearsals: March 4th-April 4th. Mon-Thurs with Early Saturday TBD
Performances: April 5th-April 28th. Friday, Saturday & Sundays

Audition: Monday Jan 14th  5pm-9pm
Callbacks: Tuesday Jan 15th  5-9pm

Space 55
1524 North 18th Ave
Phoenix, AZ ,85007

Keath Hall

Headshot/Resume' Required with email.

What to prepare.
A classical monologue.

review - ALAN CUMMING: LEGAL ALIEN - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

"In addition to being a Tony winning actor and a New York Times bestselling author, Alan Cumming is a fearless, funny and eclectic entertainer. His most recent cabaret concert, "Legal Immigrant," played at Scottsdale's Center for the Arts on December 10 and proved to be a topical, moving, and highly entertaining event. Full of charisma and charm, Cumming is a multi-faceted entertainer who has played a wide range of roles on stage, in film, and on TV. He's also a gifted storyteller and singer, and his concerts include an assortment of stories from his life, both poignant tear jerkers as well as humorous ones that feature name-dropping some of his adventures with his A-list Hollywood friends. His shows also include a wide range of songs from pop covers to Broadway tunes... " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

audition notice - SEUSSICAL, JR - Almost Famous Theatre Company - January 5

Due to a generous sponsorship from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Almost Famous Theatre Company are able to produce their Spring musical, Seussical Jr.

Auditions are January 5, 2019 from 1pm to 5pm

Performances March 30 & 31 at the Hardes Theatre on the Phoenix Theatre Campus

Ages 8-18

Director: Tristin Miller
Music Director: John Luke Osorio

For an audition appointment:

Friday, December 14, 2018

review - IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - Don Bluth Front Row Theatre

Isaac Greenland, Erica Parrish, Petra Danek, Harmon Swartz, Jaeda Pasha, and De'Layla Wilcox
photo by Lee Cooley

Highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through December 29th.

"Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life may not have been successful when it was first released, but over the years this incredibly moving story of love and redemption has become a beloved favorite and a perfect holiday tradition. For the past several years, Don Bluth Front Row Theatre has been presenting a staged adaptation of Capra's screenplay during the holiday season, and the show, which won the ariZoni Award for Best Play last season and whose four lead actors are all reprising their performance from last year's production, amounts to an emotionally rich journey that soars once again..." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

THE NUTCRACKER SWING - Convergence Ballet at The Madison - December 15 & 16, 2018

Convergence Ballet swings into the holidays with their production of "The Nutcracker Swing!" featuring the music The Duke Ellington Nutcracker Suite and the original Tchaikovsky score. Performances are Saturday December 15 and Sunday December 16 at Madison Center for the Arts.

Tickets: $15 – $25

CLICK HERE to Purchase tickets

Madison Center for the Arts
5627 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85016

James Gish in A MERRY GISHMAS - TheaterWorks - December 18, 2018

Nashville and Las Vegas favorite, James Gish returns home to the Valley this Winter and takes to the Gyder stage in A Merry Gishmas. This new and original holiday-treat features jazzy renditions of some of your favorite classics and original music that will become new favorites.

James’ amazing sound has taken him all over the United States in a variety of concerts and theatrical engagements alike, finally taking him to the music capitol of the world, Nashville, Tennessee, where he produced his debut album, So in Love, with DW Music at Warner Brothers Studios.

A Merry Gishmas plays on the Gyder stage Tuesday December 18, 2019

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online or call the Box Office at 623-815-7930

Mesa Community College Performing Arts seeks a Theatre Technology Coordinator

Mesa Community College Performing Arts Facilities has reopened the following full-time staff posting to accept additional applicants:

Theatre Technology Coordinator - MCC Theatre (Job ID # 311393)

This position will serve as the Lighting Sound and Media supervisor for the MCC Theatre venue.

This posting will be open until January 6th. For a complete job descriptions and qualifications, and to apply online, go to

Only applications with a resume and cover letter addressing how the applicant's education, training, and experience directly relate to the listed qualifications will be considered. If you are new to our Jobs portal you will need to create a profile. After that you can search for the job numbers above and apply.

cast announcement - YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN - CYT Phoenix

Charlie Brown:  Graham McLemore
Lucy Van Pelt:  Gretchen Carpenter
Linus Van Pelt:  Nathan Currie
Snoopy:  Jacob Currie
Sally:  Rachel Main
Schroeder:  Jefferson Tuten

The Peanuts Gang:
Alexis Stoltz, Anaiya Whitfield, Ayla Grieser, Bria Lindblade, Elise Carpenter, Eva Britton, Hannah Lindblade, Haven Russell, Josh Swedler, Kaelynn Newsom, Kyrian Love, Lauren Allmeyer, Marisa Shepherd, Mason Shepherd, Mia Lopez, Morgan McElroy, Nia Webb, Nicole Cook, Riley Cottrell, Sam Shepherd, Tessa Rodriguez, Tolan Cottrell, Will Webb

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs February 1-10

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

cast announcement - ROBIN HOOD- Youth Works at TheaterWorks

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs January 11-27

Robin Hood….Zachary Athanasakis
Maid Marian….Alexis May Swan
Sheriff of Nottingham….Kiana Hindi
Matilda….Jazmin Gonzalez
Prince John….Will Monson
Kevin….Tucker Luadtke
Friar Tuck….Parker Gates
Little John….Cash Haines
Duncan….Andromeda (Andi) Lian
King Richard/Narrator….Jalen Mitchell
Woodsman/Lighting/Throne Guy….Isaac Jessop
Guard 1/Costumer 1….Hydee Zuniga
Guard 2/Mac….Faith Davis
Lady Gertrude/Merry Man #1….Carolyn Heinzer
Lady Helena/Merry Man #2….Claudia Hatcher
Lady Elizabeth/Merry Man #3/Stage Manager….Samantha Rhoton
Lady Jacquelyn/Merry Man #4….Mila Martinez
Lady Gwen/Merry Man #5….Ellie Klapp
Lady Isabel/Sweeper/Merry Man #6….Morgan Sand
Tech Guy/Throne Guy….Troy Davis

audition notice - DADDY LONG LEGS - Musical Theatre of Anthem - January 12

Musical Theatre of Anthem announces auditions for Daddy Long Legs, a musical stage production based on the treasured novel that inspired the classic 1955 film about a witty and winsome young woman and her mysterious benefactor. Auditions are open to actors ages 16 – adult with four roles available (2 roles with double casting).

Jerusha Abbott is the "Oldest Orphan in the John Grier Home" until a mysterious benefactor decides to send her to college to be educated as a writer. Required to write him a letter once a month, she is never to know the benefactor's identity – so she invents one for him: Daddy Long Legs. Although she knows that he will never respond to her letters, she grows more and more fond of this elusive and kindly "old" gentleman. But another relationship soon begins to develop in Jerusha's life. Jervis Pendleton is the well-do-do, "youngish" uncle of one of Jerusha's roommates, who introduces her to a world of literature, travel and adventure. Through her correspondence with Daddy Long Legs and her growing intimacy with Jervis, Jerusha's letters chronicle her emergence as a delightfully independent "New American Woman." Yet, there is one startling fact that Jerusha has yet to uncover – a fact that will change her life forever. Daddy Long Legs is a beloved tale in the spirit of Jane Austen, The Brontë Sisters and "Downton Abbey.

AUDITIONS: January 12, 2019:
• 12:00 p.m. – General Auditions
• 11:30 a.m. for workshop participants

• Callbacks: January 13 (TBD after auditions)

WHERE: MTA’s theatre performance space at 42201 N. 41st Drive, Suite B100, Anthem, AZ 85086

COST: $325 for ages 16-19; 10% Sibling discount; Scholarships available.

DETAILS: Please bring a musical theatre song (or any song they are comfortable with), 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Bring an accompaniment with CD or iPod to sing with. You may also sing acapella if needed. Have your registration materials completed prior to coming to the audition. For materials and additional information and to reserve your spot, visit MTA’s website

AUDITION PREP: An Audition Preparation Workshop will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 6-7:30 p.m. at MTA. During these 90-minute sessions, participants will be instructed on cold reads, acting technique, characterization and more. Participants of the workshops will get to audition prior to the general audition time. Cost is just $35, and space is limited to just 18 participants per session. There is a 10% sibling discount. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit
PERFORMANCES: Performances for this production will take place FEBRUARY 21-23, 2019:
• Feb 21: 7 p.m. | Feb 22: 7 p.m. | Feb 23: 11 a.m.; 2 p.m.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

WEEK AT A GLANCE: December 10-December 16

Click on any show title to get more information on that production


Symphony and Chill: The Music of the Flatscreen
Phoenix Symphony Orchestra
December 28, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Hale Centre Theatre 
December 31, 2018-February 9, 2019

Phoenix Theatre
January 2-January 20, 2019

Fountain Hills Theater 
January 4-20, 2019

Arizona Theatre Company 
January 5-27, 2019

January 8-13, 2019 
ASU Gammage

Assisted Living: The Musical 
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 
January 10-13, 2019

Queen Creek Performing Arts Center 
January 11-14, 2019

Desert Foothills Theater 
January 11-20, 2019

TheaterWorks YouthWorks 
January 11-27, 2019

Spotlight Youth Theatre 
January 11-27, 2019

Mesa Encore Theatre 
January 11-27, 2019

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre 
January 11-February 10, 2019

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre 
January 12-February 3, 2019

the winners of Laughing Pig Theatre's SHAKE-SMASH new play festival!

from our friends at Laughing Pig Theatre:

Announcing the Winners of Shake-Smash!

Laughing Pig Theatre is excited to share the winning plays from our first ever Shake-Smash New Play Festival. Thank you to everyone who came out to watch and vote, our wonderful jury, and of course all of the writers who shared their talent with us. We can’t wait for the next one!

Monday, December 10, 2018

cast announcement - THE MUSIC MAN - Arizona Theatre Company

Charlie Cowell: John Hutton*:
Conductor / Constable Locke: Armen Dirtadian:
Harold Hill: Bill English*:
Mayor Shinn: Danny Scheie*:
Ewart Dunlop: Lawrence E. Street*:
Oliver Hix: Jay Garcia*:
Jacey Squires: George Slotin*:
Olin Britt: James Zannelli*:
Marcellus Washburn: John Plumpis*:
Tommy Djilas: Kyle Coffman*:
Marian Paroo: Manna Nichols*:
Mrs. Paroo: Peggy O’Connell*:
Amaryllis: Allison Jennings:
Winthrop Paroo: Nathaniel Wiley:
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn: Leslie Alexander*:
Zaneeta Shinn: Carly Natalia Grossman:
Gracie Shinn: Amy Button:
Alma Hix: Brenda Jean Foley*:
Maud Dunlop: Cyndey Trent*:
Ethel Toffelmier: Kara Mikula*:
Mrs. Squires: Chanel Bragg:
River City Townsperson: Adia Bell:
River City Townsperson: EJ Dohring:
River City Townsperson: Jules Grantham:
River City Townsperson: Damon Martinez:
River City Townsperson: Gabriella Martinez:
River City Townsperson: Jacob Martinez:
River City Townsperson: Conner Morley:
River City Townsperson: Shaun-Avery Williams:

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

the PHX Stages' 2018 Theatre Lovers Holiday Shopping Guide!

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Thanks for your support, and Happy Holidays!

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Mary Poppin Returns soundtrack

In Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns," an all new sequel with a fresh sensibility that celebrates the spirit of the original, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Emily Blunt ("The Girl on the Train," "Into the Woods") stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda ("Hamilton," "Moana") plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light and life to the streets of London. "Mary Poppins Returns" is directed by Rob Marshall ("Into the Woods," "Chicago"). The screenplay is by David Magee ("Life of Pi") and the screen story is by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca ("Into the Woods") based upon the "Mary Poppins" stories by PL Travers. The producers are DeLuca, Marshall and Marc Platt ("La La Land") with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer and the music is by Marc Shaiman ("Hairspray") with songs by Shaiman and Scott Wittman ("Hairspray"). The film also stars Ben Whishaw ("Spectre") as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer ("Hugo") as Jane Banks; Julie Walters ("Harry Potter" films) as the Banks' housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth ("The King s Speech") as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank's William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep ("Florence Foster Jenkins") as Mary's eccentric cousin, Topsy and introduces three new Banks' children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth's character.

A Star is Born Soundtrack

2018 soundtrack to the remake of the iconic film, performed by the lead actors Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga with snippets of film dialogue interspersed between the songs.

Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window

The official behind-the-scenes book of the hit musical that won 6 Tony Awards!

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is a new American musical about life and the way we live it.

The book-produced by Melcher Media, the team behind Hamilton, Wicked, Rent, and many more-tells the story of the musical from its conception nearly a decade ago to the Broadway stage. From developing the idea to writing the show, composing, casting, and rehearsals, DEAR EVAN HANSEN appeals to fans far and wide offering them the opportunity to continuously revisit the show, and for those who haven't seen the musical, reading the book will make them feel like they have.

Filled with interviews with the cast and crew, original behind-the-scenes photography, a deeper look into Evan's fictional world and the visual world of the show, unreleased lyrics, and of course the libretto, as well as reflections on the creators own formative memories from their adolescence as it relates to the show's themes, and important examinations of how we present ourselves online and mental health, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is a beautifully produced, thoughtful, and uplifting book.


A backstage pass to the groundbreaking, hit musical Hamilton, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including the award-winning libretto, behind-the-scenes photos and interviews, and exclusive footnotes from composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation.

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages--"since before this was even a show," according to Miranda--traces its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN - Deluxe Broadway Cast Recording

Original Broadway Cast plus new recordings featuring the current cast of the show!


Atlantic Records has announced "THE GREATEST SHOWMAN -REIMAGINED," an unprecedented new companion to Atlantic's RIAA 2x platinum certified soundtrack to 20th Century Fox's blockbuster musical film.

"THE GREATEST SHOWMAN -REIMAGINED" sees songs from the film, all written by GRAMMY®, Tony, and Academy Award-winning duo Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) covered by a remarkable cast of artists. The album is highlighted by a new version of the 3x platinum certified smash, "This Is Me," performed by Keala Settle, Kesha and the legendary Missy Elliott. Other superstars contributing include Panic! At The Disco, P!nk (and her daughter, Willow Sage Hart), Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, Years & Years and Jess Glynne, MAX and Ty Dolla $ign, James Arthur and Anne-Marie, Zac Brown Band among others. As if that weren't enough, the album will include four bonus tracks, performed by Pentatonix, Craig David, Kesha, and Zendaya.


Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious showstopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again.

Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman), the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle.

This inspirational film also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.


Drawing over 10 million viewers, NBC s highly anticipated special event Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert received rave reviews for its production, calling it genuinely thrilling (The New York Times), truly transcendent (Hollywood Reporter) and the best live TV musical yet (The Daily Beast). Now, the critically acclaimed show is available on DVD. The all-star cast features Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony and 10-time Grammy winner John Legend (Jesus Christ), 2018 Tony Awards co-host, Broadway star and acclaimed recording artist Sara Bareilles (Mary Magdalene), rock icon Alice Cooper (King Herod) and Tony Award-winning producer and Hamilton alum Brandon Victor Dixon (Judas). The stellar cast also includes Tony nominee Ben Daniels (Pontius Pilate), Tony nominee Norm Lewis (Caiaphas), Broadway veteran Jason Tam (Peter), M. Butterfly star Jin Ha (Annas) and Swedish rock star Erik Gronwall (Simon Zealotes). Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar album hit #1 on the Billboard charts and made its way to the stage in 1971. It is based on the final week of Jesus life. The 1971 musical opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway and starred Jeff Fenholt as Jesus and Ben Vereen as Judas. It was nominated for five Tonys, including Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for Vereen. Lloyd Webber won a Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Composer. Since then, the musical has been considered a classic and has become a staple of theatre and music organizations throughout the world. It has been performed in nearly 20 countries and translated into 18 different languages. There have been many revivals of Jesus Christ Superstar over the 46 years since its debut, including 2000 and 2012 Broadway versions that each earned a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Musical. The 1973 film was directed by Oscar winner Norman Jewison and starred Ted Neeley.


"Springsteen on Broadway" is the new album of music and stories by Bruce Springsteen, and the soundtrack to the Netflix film of the same name. The album is the complete live performance of the show, and available physically as a 2 CD set, or on vinyl as a 4 LP set, as well as digitally. "Springsteen on Broadway" is the solo acoustic performance written and performed by Tony Award, Academy Award, and 20-time Grammy Award winner Bruce Springsteen. Based on his worldwide best-selling autobiography 'Born to Run,' "Springsteen on Broadway" is a unique evening with Bruce, his guitar, a piano, and his very personal stories. In addition, the show features a special appearance by Patti Scialfa. Bruce Springsteen's historic sold-out series of performances of his one man show began previews on October 3, 2017 and officially opened October 12, 2017. The show was extended three times after its initial eight-week run, and ran on Broadway at The Walter Kerr Theatre through December 15, 2018, bringing the total number of performances to 236.

HAMILTON - Day to Day Calendar

Based on Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical, the Hamilton 2019 Day-to-Day Calendar is a celebration of the most popular theatrical experience on Broadway, and the history of America. The calendar features 365 days of historical dates, excerpts from Hamilton's own writings, and lyrics from the score.

Once on This Island (New Broadway Cast Recording)

Once On This Island is the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods, Erzulie, Asaka, Papa Ge, and Agwe, on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

Bursting with Caribbean colors, rhythms and dance, the story comes to vibrant life in a striking production by Tony Award®-nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown. This production transforms the reality of a tropical village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope.

Lea Salonga (Erzulie), Alex Newell (Asaka), Merle Dandridge (Papa Ge), and Quentin Earl Darrington (Agwe) are joined by newcomer, Hailey Kilgore (Ti Moune) with Phillip Boykin (Tonton Julian), Darlesia Cearcy (Storyteller), Rodrick Covington (Storyteller), Emerson Davis (Little Girl) Alysha Deslorieux (Andrea), Tyler Hardwick (Storyteller), Cassondra James (Storyteller), David Jennings (Armand), Grasan Kingsberry (Storyteller), Loren Lott (Storyteller), Kenita R. Miller (Mama Euralie), Isaac Powell (Daniel), T. Oliver Reid (Storyteller), Aurelia Williams (Storyteller), and Mia Williamson (Little Girl).

The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - In Four Contemporary Suites

Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical

Bob Fosse (1927-1987) is recognized as one of the most significant figures in post-World War II American musical theater. With his first Broadway musical, The Pajama Game in 1954, the "Fosse style" was already fully developed, with its trademark hunched shoulders, turned-in stance, and stuttering, staccato jazz movements. Fosse moved decisively into the role of director with Redhead in 1959 and was a key figure in the rise of the director-choreographer in the Broadway musical. He also became the only star director of musicals of his era--a group that included Jerome Robbins, Gower Champion, Michael Kidd, and Harold Prince--to equal his Broadway success in films.

Following his unprecedented triple crown of show business awards in 1973 (an Oscar for Cabaret, Emmy for Liza with a Z, and Tony for Pippin), Fosse assumed complete control of virtually every element of his projects. But when at last he had achieved complete autonomy, his final efforts, the film Star 80 and the musical Big Deal, written and directed by Fosse, were rejected by audiences and critics.

A fascinating look at the evolution of Fosse as choreographer and director, Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical considers Fosse's career in the context of changes in the Broadway musical theater over four decades. It traces his early dance years and the importance of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins on his work. It examines how each of the important women in his adult life--all dancers--impacted his career and influenced his dance aesthetic. Finally, the book investigates how his evolution as both artist and individual mirrored the social and political climate of his era and allowed him to comfortably ride a wave of cultural changes.