We see Bob Fosse's legacy everywhere - from Broadway to "Billy Jean" to Beyoncé's moves in the "Single Ladies" video. Yet in spite of Fosse'sdeep 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 andearn him Tonys, Emmys, and an Oscar.
Wasson traces not only Fosse's prodigious professional life but his intense relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli, FredAstaire, 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.
©2013 Sam Wasson; 2013 Blackstone Audio
While Fosse is a tragic tale, it includes the highs and lows of one of Broadway's legends. I enjoyed all of the history this book strung together for me. Meskimen is a master narrator and he kept me engaged and interested throughout.
I didn't read the print version
The creative process behind some iconic moments in show business
what a complicated man
I loved the behind the scenes stories
One of the best!
I would compare it to other Broadway biographies I've read, Meryl Secrest's on Sondheim for instance, but it's looser and sharper and less reverent.
Jim's voice provides warmth and humor to an otherwise lurid tale.
The man behind the razzle dazzle
A must read for anyone thinking of going into the business...a cautionary tale.
A very enjoyable listen of a fascinating career. Well written, read, and realized, this is a great downloads for fans of the American musical.
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