Bob Fosse's 1978 dance work Dancin' will return to Broadway for a new revival at the Music Box Theatre Theatre. Performances will begin March 2, 2023, with opening night set for March 19. Tony winner and Dancin' original Broadway cast member Wayne Cilento is directing and providing musical staging for the production, which re-creates Fosse's original, Tony-winning choreography.
With an eclectic songlist ranging from Neil Diamond to George M. Cohan, Dancin' includes such iconic Fosse numbers as "Crunchy Granola Suite," "Sing, Sing, Sing," "From the Edge," "Mr. Bojangles," and "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man." Christine Colby Jacques is handling reproducing Fosse's choreography with associate direction and additional choreographic reconstruction by Corinne McFadden Herrera and assistant musical staging and additional choreographic reconstruction by Lauren Cannon.
“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,” says 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.”
The cast will include Yeman Brown, Peter John Chursin, Dylis Croman, Jovan 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 will be revealed in the coming weeks.
The Broadway bow, expected since at least 2021, follows a staging at California's The Old Globe earlier this year, also helmed by Cilento. The revival also follows plans for a Graciela Daniele-helmed Broadway revival in 2009 via Roundabout Theatre Company that failed to materialize.
Cilento leads a creative team that includes scenic designer Robert Brill, costume designers Harriet Jung and Reid Bartelme, lighting designer David Grill, sound designer Peter Hylenski, video designer Finn Ross, and production stage manager Beverly Jenkins. Music supervision, orchestrations, incidental music, and vocal arrangements are provided by Jim Abbott, with music direction by Justin Hornback and dance arrangements and additional music by David Dabbon. The production has been cast by Tara Rubin Casting.
The revival is being produced by Joey Parnes in cooperation with Nicole Fosse, with playwright and fellow Dancin' cast alum Kirsten Childs serving as text consultant and providing additional material.
Fosse's original production opened at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre in 1978, transferring to the Ambassador Theatre before closing 1,774 performances later. The cast included such Fosse favorites as Ann Reinking, Robert La Fosse, Dana Moore, Bebe Neuwirth, and Cynthia Onrubia. Cilento received a Tony nomination for his performance.
Take a look at Dancin' at The Old Globe: