Gwen & Chita’s ‘Nowadays’ better than ours

Dance · Theater

In this yummilicious snippet from the Tony Award broadcast of 1984, Broadway goddesses Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon deliver a pastiche-pairing of numbers from Bob Fosse’s “Chicago.”

Chita electrifies with her song-and-dance forcefulness in “All That Jazz.” But Verdon, joining for “Nowadays,” gives a lesson in subtle upstaging — no easy feat considering her dance partner. The carrot top of course helps. But it’s also in the way Gwen holds the brim of her hat, her playful use of face and eye, and that sublime dance walk.

Agree that it was heaven nowadays — back then!

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