Inside Tonight's Episode of Fosse/Verdon, Exploring the Creation of Pippin
Tonight's episode introduces several pivotal characters, including Ann Reinking.
The fourth episode of FX's limited series Fosse/Verdon premiered this evening, and it introduces one of the most pivotal musicals in Bob Fosse's illustrious career: Pippin.
Pippin, with a score by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson, launched at a very prosperous time in Fosse's career. The film of Cabaret had just earned him Best Director at the Oscars. He was also in the throes of creating the now-legendary television concert Liza With a "Z", which would go on to earn him a pair of Emmy statuettes in 1973. Pippin would add two more statuettes to Fosse's hardware that year — Best Choreographer and Best Director, as well as a longtime companion and torch-carrier in Ann Reinking (played by Margaret Qualley).
But the attention and accolades — specifically the emptiness of it all — came with a price. And that's where Fosse (Sam Rockwell) is living in this episode, appropriately titled "Glory."
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And while we're at it, check out Fosse's now-legendary television commercial for Pippin, which is widely believed to be the first-ever TV ad for a Broadway show: