Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell will star in the FX series premiering April 9

By Eric Todisco
February 27, 2019 03:33 PM
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The love story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon is finally being told — and PEOPLE has the exclusive first look

Premiering in April on FX, Fosse/Verdon will tell the story of the romantic and creative partnership of the late Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and how they changed American entertainment.

Fosse, who will be played by Oscar nominee Sam Rockwell, was an influential filmmaker, choreographer and director. He won eight Tonys during his lifetime for choreography and one for directing — and still holds the record for the most wins.

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Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon and Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse.
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Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse
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Verdon, portrayed by Michelle Williams, married Fosse and remains in consideration as one of the greatest Broadway dancers of all time. She lit up such shows as Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity and Chicago before she went on to star in the movie Cocoon and its sequel, and as Tom Selleck’s mother on TV’s Magnum, P.I.

Although the couple separated in 1971, they never officially divorced. Fosse died in 1987 at the age of 60, while Verdon lived until 2000, dying at the at the age of 75.

The show, which is set to be produced by Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Joel Fields, released the first trailer in January.

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The series also stars Norbert Leo Butz as Paddy Chayefsky and Margaret Qualley as Ann Reinking. Actress, dancer and producer Nicole Fosse — the daughter of Fosse and Verdon — serves as co-executive producer.

The eight-episode limited series will premiere on FX on April 9.