The upcoming mini-series, “Fosse/Verdon,” has a lot to teach today’s married couples.
The soon-to-be-released TV movie is suggesting that in order to have a long-lasting marriage, today’s husband and wife should help each other reach their full potentials.
“Fosse/Verdon” presents the other way around, in which one party in a marriage ascended career-wise and socially at the expense of the other party.
It is based on “Fosse,” the book written by Sam Wasson and published in 2014.
The eight-episode series presents the life of Robert Louis “Bob” Fosse, a 20th-century choreographer, and director and his relationship with his wife, Gwyneth Evelyn “Gwen” Verdon who worked as a dancer and an actress.
The couple had very successful careers. Fosse bagged eight Tony Awards for his excellent choreographic contributions in the dance and theater scenes.
Moreover, he won an Academy Award as Best Director for “Cabaret.” This is a musical drama movie released in 1972 starring Hollywood legendary superstar, Liza Minnelli.
Fosse’s name was very ascendant in the 1960s and the 1970s New York City through his contributions in Broadway productions like “Chicago” and “Pippin.”
He became the most influential choreographer and director in America. Meanwhile, Verdon garnered four Tony Awards for her musical comedy works.
In spite of their accomplishments in their careers, the couple faced common problems. Among them was the philandering activity of the very successful Fosse.
In addition, his high-flying outlook took a serious toll on his marriage. Verdon’s career aspirations and possibilities to further ascend in the career ladder were stalled.
She suffered at the expense of her husband’s inevitable success.
Verdon found herself performing motherhood duties while her husband had been earning tremendous credits for the choreography skills and knowledge as well as the iconic movements which were mostly her ideas.
Fosse passed away in 1987 while Verdon outlived him, departing in 2000. Michelle Williams, who plays Verdon, cited that the female personality in “Fosse/Verdon” faced a “very complicated dilemma.”
The “Dawson’s Creek” star, who returns to TV after 16 years since the acclaimed TV series ended, described Verdon as a struggling working mother.
Williams cited that Fosse’s wife depicted someone who could not engage in her passion anymore due to her necessity to fulfill her motherhood and child-rearing duties.
In addition, Verdon had to grapple with the idiosyncrasies of her eminent husband. “Fosse/Verdon” presents the challenges commonly associated with marriages.
It is also a movie that shows how modern couples can address these marital problems. “Fosse/Verdon” will premiere at FX on April 9.