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Fosse | [Sam Wasson]

Fosse

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.
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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

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    David Richmond Heights, MO, United States 03-23-14
    David Richmond Heights, MO, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2009
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    "what a fascinating man"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fosse to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fosse?

    The creative process behind some iconic moments in show business


    Have you listened to any of Jim Meskimen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    what a complicated man


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    I loved the behind the scenes stories

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    Rob WALNUT CREEK, CA, United States 03-11-14
    Rob WALNUT CREEK, CA, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2010

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    Where does Fosse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!


    What other book might you compare Fosse to and why?

    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.


    What does Jim Meskimen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jim's voice provides warmth and humor to an otherwise lurid tale.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The man behind the razzle dazzle


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    A must read for anyone thinking of going into the business...a cautionary tale.

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    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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