The dominant themes or undercurrents seem to be that (a) serious creative innovation is rare, (b) women value fidelity, (c) it’s all over much too quickly, and (d) fast-lane living comes at quite a cost.
Fosse only lived to age 60 — cigarettes, uppers, alcohol, stress. He died of a heart attack on 9.23.87, outside the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. Verdon died at age 75, on 10.18.00.
There’s still no credited director but the guy who shouted “action” and “cut” is probably Thomas Kail — Kail, Rockwell, Williams, Steven Levenson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, George Stelzner and Joel Fields served as exec producers.
The costars are Margaret Qualley (Ann Reinking), Norbert Leo Butz (Paddy Chayefsky), Nate Corddry (Neil Simon), Aya Cash (Joan Simon), Susan Misner (Joan McCracken), Bianca Marroquín (Chita Rivera), Kelli Barrett (Liza Minnelli), Evan Handler (Hal Prince), Rick Holmes (Fred Weaver), Paul Reiser (Cy Feuer), Ethan Slater (Joel Grey), Byron Jennings (George Abbott) and Laura Osnes (Shirley MacLaine).