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(6 June 1999) Won a 1999 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for his work on the musical "Fosse".

Sweet Charity (1966). Musical comedy. Book by Neil Simon. Music by Cy Coleman. Lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Based on the screenplay "Nights of Cabiria" by Federico Fellini. Musical Director: Fred Werner. Dance arrangements by Fred Werner. Music orchestrated by 'Ralph Burns.' Scenic Design by Robert Randolph. Costume Design by Irene Sharaff. Choreographed by Bob Fosse. Directed by Bob Fosse. Palace Theatre: 29 Jan 1966- 15 Jul 1967 (608 performances + 10 previews that began on 18 Jan 1966). Cast: Gwen Verdon (as "Charity"), Ruth Buzzi (as "Woman with Hat/Receptionist/Good Fairy"), Elaine Cancilla (as "Married Couple 'woman'/Old Maid/Ensemble"), Suzanne Charny (as "Ensemble"), Michael Davis (as "Dark Glasses/Mike/Ensemble"), Betsy Dickerson (as "Ensemble"), Kathryn Doby (as "Ensemble"), Alice Evans (as "Ensemble"), Gene Foote (as "Ice Cream Vendor/Ensemble"), Helen Gallagher (as "Nickie"), Eddie Gasper (as "Ballplayer/Brother Eddie/Ensemble"), David Gold (as "Second Cop/Barney/Ensemble"), Patrick Heim (as "Ensemble"), I.W. Klein (as "Doorman/Ensemble"), Mary Louise (as "Ensemble"), James Luisi (as "Vittorio Vidal"), John McMartin (as "Oscar"), Carmen Morales (as "Carmen/Ensemble"), Thelma Oliver (as "Helene"), Harold Pierson (as "Ballplayer/Brother Harold/Policeman/Ensemble"), Lee Roy Reams (as "Young Spanish Man/Ensemble"), Sharon Ritchie (as "Ursula"), Charlene Ryan (as "Ensemble"), Barbara Sharma (as "Career Girl/Rosie"), John Sharpe (as "Football Player/Ensemble"), Arnold Soboloff (as "Daddy Johann Sebastian Brubeck"), Christine Stewart (as "Ensemble"), John Stratton (as "Bystander/Waiter"), Bud Vest (as "Married Couple 'man'/Manfred/Ensemble"), John Wheeler (as "First Cop/Herman"). Understudies: Elaine Cancilla (as "Nickie"), Suzanne Charny (as "Career Girl/Rosie"), Michael Davis (as "Vittorio Vidal"), Helen Gallagher (as "Charity"), Charlene Ryan (as "Ursula"), Barbara Sharma (as "Helene"), John Stratton (as "Oscar"). Replacement actors: Ray Chabeau (as "Ensemble/Football Player/Brother Ray"), Michael Davis (as "Man with Dog"), Frank DeSal (as "Ensemble"), Alice Evans (as "Good Fairy/Receptionist/Woman with Hat"), Ronn Forella (as "Ensemble/Ice Cream Vendor"), Helen Gallagher (as "Charity"), Mickey Gunnersen (as "Ensemble"), Curtis Hood (as "Ballplayer/Ensemble"), Carolyn Kirsch (as "Ensemble/Rosie"), Lynn Gay Lorino (as "Ensemble/Shopper"), Annie McGreevey (as "Ensemble") [Broadway debut], Dennis Nahat (as "Ensemble/Young Spanish Man"), Louise Quick (as "Ensemble"), Ilona Simon (as "Ensemble"), Michael Vita (as "Ensemble/Manfred/Married Couple 'Man'"), Marie Wallace (as "Ursula") [from 14 Feb 1966- ?]. Understudies: David Gold (as "Daddy Johann Sebastian Brubeck"), Lynn Gay Lorino (as "Ursula"), Louise Quick (as "Rosie"), Charlene Ryan (as "Helene"), Michael Vita (as "Vittorio Vidal"). Produced by Fryer, Carr & Harris Inc. Associate Producer: John Bowab. Note: Filmed by Universal Pictures as Sweet Charity (1969).

Chicago (1975). Musical comedy. Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Based on the play "Chicago" by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Musical Director: Stanley Lebowsky. Music orchestrated by Ralph Burns. Dance arrangements by Peter Howard. Choreographed by Bob Fosse. Assistant Choreographer: Tony Stevens. Scenic Design by Tony Walton. Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt. Lighting Design by Jules Fisher. Sound Design by Abe Jacob. Hair Design by Romaine Green. Assistant Scenic Design: John Kasarda. Directed by Bob Fosse. 46th Street Theatre: 3 Jun 1975- 27 Aug 1977 (936 performances + 24 previews that began on 12 May 1975). Cast: Jerry Orbach (as "Billy Flynn"), Chita Rivera (as "Velma Kelly"), Gwen Verdon (as "Roxie Hart"), Barney Martin (as "Amos Hart"), Mary McCarty (as "Matron"), M. O'Haughey (as "Mary Sunshine"), Candy Brown (as "June"), Hank Brunjes (as "Dance Alternate"), Christopher Chadman (as "Fred Casely"), Cheryl Clark (as "Liz"), Graciela Daniele (as "Hunyak"), Gene Foote (as "Aaron"), Gary Gendell (as "Court Clerk"), Richard Korthaze (as "Sergeant Fogarty"), Michon Peacock (as "Annie"), Charlene Ryan (as "Go-To-Hell-Kitty"), Ron Schwinn (as "Judge"), Paul Solen (as "Harry"), Pamela Sousa (as "Mona"), Monica Tiller (as "Dance Alternate"), Michael Vita (as "Martin Harrison"). Standbys: Marsha Bagwell (as "Mary Sunshine/Matron"), Lenora Nemetz (as "Roxie Hart"). Understudies: Richard Korthaze (as "Amos Hart"), Michon Peacock (as "Velma Kelly"). Replacement actors during production run: Mace Barrett, Joan Bell (as "Annie") [from 10 May 1976- ?], Georgia Creighton (as "Matron") [from Jul 1977- ?], Rex Everhart (as "Amos Hart") [from 20 Feb 1976- ?], Fern Fitzgerald (as "Go-To-Hell-Kitty"), Richard Korthaze (as "Amos Hart") [from Aug 1977- ?], Debra Lyman (as "Mona"), Peter Marinos (as "Mary Sunshine") [from 17 May 1976- ?], Liza Minnelli (as "Roxie Hart"), [from 8 Aug 1975- 13 Sep 1975], Lenora Nemetz (as "Roxie Hart") [from 30 Jul 1975- ?], Velma Kelly [from 28 Jul 1976- ?], Gena Ramsel (as "Go-To-Hell-Kitty"), Alaina Reed (as "Matron") [from 10 Jan 1977- 13 Jul 1977], Ann Reinking (as "Roxie Hart") [from 7 Feb 1977- ?], Gwen Verdon (as "Roxie Hart") [from 15 Sep 1975 - ?]. Standbys: Elaine Cancilla (as "Velma Kelly"), Steve Elmore (as "Billy Flynn"), Peter Marinos (as "Mary Sunshine"), Candace Tovar (as "Roxie Hart"). Produced by Robert Fryer and James Cresson. Produced in association with Martin Richards, Joseph Harris and Ira Bernstein. Note: Filmed as Chicago (2002).


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