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Fosse/Verdon

Series 1

Who's Got the Pain?

Duration: 41 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

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In Majorca with Joan, Gwen considers her relationship with Bob, whom she has caught being unfaithful during the filming of Cabaret in Munich. Gwen reflects on meeting Fosse years earlier when she had been offered the lead in the musical Damn Yankees by Hal Prince and Fosse had insisted on auditioning her when they immediately hit it off. Fosse was tending to his sick wife, the actress Joan McCracken at the time.

Gwen tells Bob that she is in Majorca because he had threatened suicide, but that she is tired of his dramatics which she has seen too many times before. Bob tells Gwen that he wants to come home but he is still in love with the German translator Hannah.

Both producer Hal Prince and director George Abbott want to cut the final number of act one but Bob persuades them to let him try out a new number with Gwen and together they create the seminal Who’s Got the Pain mamba. In Majorca, Gwen leaves in a cab telling Bob that she has told their daughter in New York that he will not be living with them anymore. Show less

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