Joe Gideon is a Broadway director, choreographer and filmmaker, he in the process of casting the chorus and staging the dance numbers for his latest Broadway show, starring his ex-wife Audrey Paris in what is largely a vanity project for her in playing a role several years younger than her real age, and editing a film he directed on the life of stand-up comic Davis Newman. Joe's professional and personal lives are intertwined, he a chronic philanderer, having slept with and had relationships with a series of dancers in his shows, Victoria Porter, who he hired for the current show despite she not being the best dancer, in the former category, and Kate Jagger, his current girlfriend, in the latter category. That philandering has led to relationship problems, with Audrey during their marriage, and potentially now with Kate who wants a committed relationship with Joe largely in not wanting the alternative of entering the dating world again. Joe also lives a hard and fast life, he chain ...Written by
The fact that this thinly disguised Bob Fosse bio turned out so well makes it even more weird to watch today. Especially now knowing of this great choreographer's real-life demise at so early an age.
All the glitz, glamor and fizz of creating works for Broadway audiences is here in sweaty abundance. Fosse chain-smokes, pops pills and stresses his way to health challenges . . . only to stylize out of it a big dance number! Roy Schneider throws himself into the proceedings with total abandonment, as does the rest of the hard-working cast. For me, it's tough going all the way, having lived in the Big Apple for a while and experienced the pulse and beat of the Great White Way. 'Tain't no picnic, chum.
Also the bizarre demands of Broadway audiences, hungry for increased sensationalism and daring bravura: more twists, turns, leaps and falls--no matter the physical devastation upon fine young bodies.
The plight of having to outdo one's self after each breathtaking piece of work falls on the likes of acrobats, magicians, dancers and choreographers.
Where does it end? Here on the operating table and a great show-stopping finale to the grave.
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