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Individual Production, Project, and Performance Files (continued)
Chicago (Fosse and Verdon) (continued)
BOX 93B Handbill, Framed
14x21 color handbill, Abo Svenska Theatre, in clear plastic modular frame
BOX 86A Handbills and Illustrations
Single matte folder:
Handbill, color, 14x19, Alexander Theatre, 1977; Handbill, 16 1/2x23 1/2, color, Teater Arena; Poster, 20x27 1/2 color, Operett Szinhaz Drawing (reproduction), Verdon dancing, by Mark Cote (2, same)
Caricature, on illustration board, by Mark Cote; this is an original; there are copies elsewhere
BOX 85F Sketch
12x15 pencil drawing by Graff, 1978, of Ann Reinking and Liza Minnelli as Roxie Hart; mattted in
20x23 frame
BOX 86A Photos
15x19, mounted black and white photos, both by Murray Laden, one of Verdon, one of Verdon and Chita Rivera
BOX 87A Framed Poster
16x20, color, 46th St. Theatre
[Note: Identifications such as "Director's final draft," or "rehearsal draft," are taken directly from the scripts themselves, as are dates. Scripts may be duplicates. The terms "annotated," "notations," "markings" refer not only to commentary written on the scripts, but also any cuts, revisions, dialogue changes, etc., that have been marked on a particular script. Covers have been removed.]
BOX 17A Script, 1st draft
Marked # 39, "1st draft, 8/3/73; no annotations; 136 pp.
Script, 1st draft, blue vinyl cover
Marked # 7, "1st draft, 8/3/73; no annotations; 136 pp.
Script, 1st draft, blue vinyl cover
Marked # 40; "1st draft, 8/13/73 (?);" 136 pp.; no annotations
Script, black vinyl cover
Undated; no annotations; 106 pp. plus property list
Script, black vinyl cover
Undated; no annotations; 106 pp. plus property list
Script, black vinyl cover; 106 pp. plus property list; annotated, with handwritten dance notes on final page
Rehearsal script, black spring binder marked "Gwen Verdon," inside red binder
Marked # 26, "Rehearsal script, 10/21/74;" 134+ pp.; much handwritten notation, mainly 1st Act
BOX 17B Rehearsal script, black spring binder
Marked "10/21/74;" handwritten notation, including dance notes, etc.; 136+ pp.
Rehearsal script, black clip binder
Marked 10/21/74; 71 pp., 1st Act only; unmarked
Playscript, Watkins, wood-grain vinyl clip binder
"Chicago, A Play in 3 Acts," by Maurine Watkins; 103+ pp., including property plot, electrical plot, sketches, annotations
Script pages
Both Act I and II; 150+ pp.; some handwritten notes
Script pages
Some revisions dating 3/8/75; handwritten notations and changes
150 pp.; from folder marked "Script corrections, 4/7/75; annotated
98+ pp., marked "Script corrections;" has felt marker and pencil notation
"Old script pages"
Very assorted pages, including entire handwritten pages; typed "outline;" important file, heavily annotated
BOX 17C Script
Marked # 99, "1st draft, 8/3/73;" 132 pp.; unmarked
BOX 19A Script, brown vinyl 3 ring binder
Director's script, including rehearsal and production schedules 2/24/75; tabbed by scenes; with revisions and notations
BOX 17C Playscript, Watkins
Chicago, by Maurine Watkins, 1927 (Alfred A. Knopf); see also playscript in paper files, listed elsewhere
  • Phono record,"Chicago Surprise 1975 - Happy Holidays from Peter Howard"
  • Location: MBRS
BOX 19A Script, Gwen Verdon
From discarded 3 ring binder; contains script, revised pages, personal notes, clippings, etc.; heavily annotated by Verdon
BOX 17C Script, Gwen Verdon, corrected copy, black vinyl cover
Marked on title page: "Gwen Verdon corrected copy, as of 1/20/78;" 106 pp.; some annotation
Script, Act I
Assorted pages, Act I, with list of "small changes"
Playscript, Watkins
Chicago, by Maurine Watkins
Children! Children! (Verdon)
BOX 43A Script, revised 12/71, blue spring binder
Cover: Gwen Verdon imprint; marked "Revised, 12/71;" 95 pp.; extensively annotated
Script miscellany, belongs with above script
Loose pages originally with above script, including pages of script changes, many memo pad pages of dialogue in Verdon's hand and others'; couple letters re: script changes
BOX 43C 2 sheets of music
BOX 43A Script, revised 12/71
Marked same; 92 pp.; very few markings
BOX 43C Newspaper Clippings
BOX 43A Magazine Reviews
New York, 3/16/72: mention in "Best Bets"
Playbills: Ritz Theatre, 2/72 (6 copies); Ritz Theatre souvenir programs (4)
Cocoon (and Cocoon: The Return) (Verdon)
Newspaper Clippings
Press Reviews
This category includes transcripts of radio and television coverage, as well as print reviews
Magazine Reviews
Night Life, 6/85: "Back on the Screen in This Summer's Cocoon: Gwen Verdon," by Jane Waldman (2 copies)
Golden Years, 11/88: "Cocoon: The Return"
Premiere Program
The Conquering Hero (Fosse)
BOX 43B Script, 1st draft
Marked #4, and "Robert Linden" on cover; title: "The Hero;" these are two scripts taped together, 1st and 2nd acts; 78 pp. each act; few annotations
Contracts, 1960-61
Bob Fosse correspondence with MSC Artists; Bob Fosse contract; correspondence with Producer's Theatre; agreements re: rights to the Preston Sturges property; MBPC (minimum basic production contract) involving authorship; 4/6/60 Fosse letter to Robert Freyer and Lawrence Carr outlining his complaints about their professional relationships (photocopy); miscellaneous; extensive file
Fosse Notes
Notes on Gotcha Ballet, War Ballet and others; sketch for narrative of ballet; script page excerpts, annotated; handwritten choreography/music/dialogue notes by Bob Fosse - Fosse's working notes; original folder title: "Notes and Ballet narration (some scenes), suggestions by Gelbart for campaign."
Newspaper clippings on arbitration; legal papers on R. Fosse vs Producers Theatre, Inc. 1960-61, regarding Bob Fosse choreography; correspondence, exhibits; 8/28/61 notice of award by American Arbitration Association; Arbitrator's award - 6 cents - on note card, plus news clipping on award
National Theatre, 11/60
Fosse Notebook
Small (5x7) notebook containing handwritten notes, "Hero" (and other)
BOX 57C Music
Music for "The Campaign"
The Cotton Club (Verdon)
BOX 43B Premiere Program
Damn Yankees (Stage) (Fosse and Verdon)
46th Street Theatre Playbill, 5/55, 5/56; 2 souvenir programs
Bob Fosse choreography contract, with draft material
Magazine Reviews
Saturday Review, 5/21/55: "A Frank Marriedwell Story," by Henry Hewes
Newsweek, 5/16/55: "The Bases Loaded"
Time, 5/16/55: "New Musical in Manhattan" (2 copies)
Theatre Arts, 11/56: "The Complete Text of Damn Yankees"
Vogue, 5/15/55: "People Are Talking About..."
Newspaper Clippings
BOX 57C Music
Music sheets for "Who's Got the Pain," "Brains and Talent"
BOX 86D Press, fragile
Fragile magazines (complete), magazine pages, and newspaper clippings, bound to matte board, from:
  • Damn Yankees, pages from single fragile scrapbook
  • Damn Yankees, 1955: magazines; 1974: clippings
  • Damn Yankees, 1955: clippings
  • Damn Yankees, 1955: clippings
  • Variety, 5/11/55: "Baseball B.O. Poison," page one
  • Billboard, 5/14/55
BOX 86A Photos, matte folder:
15x 19 1/2 black and white photo of Verdon in "Whatever Lola Wants" costume (damaged)
BOX 93A Posters:
Framed poster, 15x23, color, original, Verdon in baseball shirt, 46th St. Theatre
Framed poster, 15x23, color, original, Verdon in "Whatever Lola Wants" costume, 46th St. Theatre
BOX 86A Miscellaneous
Sports Illustrated montage of magazine photos of Verdon in baseball uniform, 16x19
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