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"We see Bob Fosse's legacy everywhere--from Broadway to "Billy Jean" to Beyonce;'s moves in the "Single Ladies" video. Yet in spite of Fosse's deep cultural significance, no biography has ever brought him fully to life, unveiling the man behind the bowler hat and the swaggering sex appeal. Now, acclaimed cultural historian Sam Wasson traces Fosse's numberless reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, Chicago, All That Jazz, and other iconic works of art and earn him Tonys, Emmys, and an Oscar. Wasson traces not only Fosse's prodigious professional life, but his intense relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli, Fred Astaire, and Neil Simon to Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, and Dustin Hoffman. Through extensive interviews with collaborators and lovers and unprecedented access to Fosse's archives, Wasson also reveals the deep wounds that propelled his subject's excessive appetites--for spotlights, women, and life itself. In Fosse, Wasson's stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for reanimating Bob Fosse as he truly was--after hours, close up, and in vibrant color"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2013]
ISBN: 9780547553290
Branch Call Number: B Fosse, Bob
Characteristics: viii, 723 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Oct 22, 2019

An exploration of the life and career of the complicated, talented individual who was Bob Fosse, whose name still resonates as one who forever made his mark on the world of the Broadway musical. His darker impulses fueled the muse for his most celebrated works and yet in turn led him down the road to self-sabotage: nothing ever felt quite good enough no matter how many accolades he received. Fosse went through women much like the cigarettes he constantly inhaled and discarded, even after two heart attacks and open heart surgery, but one, fellow Broadway luminary Gwen Verdon, stayed by his side to the end. A great read for the Broadway fan.

JCLHeatherM Jul 20, 2019

Serving as the basis for the 2019 FX limited series Fosse/Verdon, here is the story of two larger than life performers who spent over thirty decades as collaborators, partners, sounding boards and husband and wife.

Apr 04, 2014

Fascinating book-highly recommended

ChristchurchLib Mar 17, 2014

"The pop culture historian and best-selling author of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. presents a revealing portrait of the renowned dancer, choreographer, screenwriter and director that traces his numerous reinventions and prodigious professional achievements as well as his romantic relationships and excessive appetites." Biography and Memoir March 2014 newsletter

nobonesclean Dec 27, 2013

Fosse was a whirlwind. Never knew half the stuff he was involved in. Here's the complete story. Good read.


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