Is Bob Fosse's Ghost Haunting Kander and Ebb's The Visit? | Playbill

News Is Bob Fosse's Ghost Haunting Kander and Ebb's The Visit? Could it be that Chita Rivera and John Kander are being visited by a famed collaborator from beyond? The New York Post reports that some of the cast and crew over at the Lyceum Theatre, where Kander and Ebb's The Visit is now in previews, believe that the spirit of Bob Fosse has been slinking around the balcony.

According to the Post, several company members have detected the scent of cigarette smoke in the upper balcony of the Lyceum, while others claim to hear strange noises from the catwalk above the stage.

Smoking is illegal in Broadway theatres, and Fosse was rarely seen without a cigarette dangling from his lip.


The legendary director-choreographer, who left an indelible stamp on Broadway, has a history with The Visit's creators and star, having worked with Kander, Rivera and the late Ebb on Chicago. Fosse also directed leading man Roger Rees in "Star 80."

While Fosse never had one of his shows run at the Lyceum, it is technically still one of his "haunts." Liza Minnelli's 1972 television special, which he directed, was filmed at the theatre.

Rees told the Post, "Bob Fosse told me he loved going to the back of the balcony to look at the stage from the top of the theatre."

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