G | | Documentary, Musical
Gwen Verdon's galvanic "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets," from Damn Yankees (1958), was deleted from the release print to make room for the inferior "Red Blues" from Silk Stockings (1957), as the production team could find no other spot to include a sequence by the legendary Cyd Charisse. In retrospect, this decision was especially lamentable, as the Verdon number was a rare example of a bona fide Broadway showstopper faithfully recreated on screen by its original choreographer, Bob Fosse, performed by the same artist who dazzled audiences on the Great White Way. At the time, it was felt that the number was expendable because it was immediately followed by another Fosse sequence from Sweet Charity (1969).
To save the movie musical, something drastic, something daring had to be done. One man seemed to have all the answers. He was a successful Broadway dance director who came to Hollywood and immediately laid down his own rules. "My girls must be ...
$1,506,802 20 January 1985