Theater: Corybantic Rites on Broadway

DANCIN' Directed and Choreographed by Bob Fosse

A musical lives by the book or dies by the book. What Bob Fosse proves in Dancin ' is that regardless of driving energy, exquisite symmetry of motion and flawless execution, a musical bereft of a book is stillborn. Watching Dancin' is like watching the tentacles of an octopus expertly coiling and uncoiling around a nonexistent object.

Quite apart from the absence of any narrative line in the show, the dances lack any internal cohesion of theme. They follow each other like soldiers of fortune, some dashing, some...

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