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Bob Fosse

(b Chicago, 23 Jun. 1927; d Washington, DC, 23 Sept. 1987) US dancer, choreographer, and producer. The son of vaudeville performers he danced in burlesque from the age of 13 and ...

Fosse, Bob

Fosse, Bob (23 June 1927)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...splayed hands. He directed the film All That Jazz ( 1979 ) about a figure very much like himself. A compilation of his dances called Fosse won a Tony Award in 1999 and came to London in the following year. Gerald Bordman See also choreography . M. Beddow , Bob Fosse's Broadway (1997) M. Gottfried , All This Jazz: The Life and Death of Bob Fosse (1990) K. Grubb , Razzle Dazzle: The Life and Work of Bob Fosse ...

Fosse, Bob

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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...of the Choreographer in the Development of the Conceptual Musical: An Examination of the Work of Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, and Michael Bennett on Broadway between 1944 and 1981.” Ph.D. diss., Florida State University, 1986. Gardner, Paul . Bob Fosse Off His Toes . New York (16 December 1974). Grubb, Kevin Boyd . Razzle Dazzle: The Life and Work of Bob Fosse . New York, 1989. Hodgson, Moira . Film: When Bob Fosse's Art Imitates Life, It's Just ‘All That Jazz.’ New York Times (30 December 1979). Wood, Robert E. Cloven Hoofer: Choreography as...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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..., Bob ( 1927–87 ) American choreographer , director , and dancer . Fosse's choreography exuded a slouching sexuality; his *dances , precise to the raise of an eyebrow or the tip of a hat, appeared almost anti-balletic in their angles and isolations but were capable of show-stopping spectacle. Fosse had performed on Broadway and in Hollywood *musicals by the early 1950s, when he was given a chance at Broadway choreography by director-writer *Abbott . His staging for The Pajama Game ( 1954 ), and particularly for the ‘Steam Heat’ number, became the...

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Eric Weitz

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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184 words

..., Bob ( 1927–87 ) American choreographer, director, and dancer. Fosse's choreography exuded a slouching sexuality; his dances , precise to the raise of an eyebrow or the tip of a hat, appeared almost anti-balletic in their angles and isolations but were capable of show-stopping spectacle . Fosse had performed on Broadway and in Hollywood musicals by the early 1950s, when he was given a chance at Broadway choreography by director-writer George Abbott . His staging for The Pajama Game ( 1954 ), and particularly for the ‘Steam Heat’ number, became the...

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Claude Conyers

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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...musicals on which Fosse worked as choreographer and/or director. He won an Oscar for his direction of the film version of Cabaret ( 1972 ), an Emmy for his direction and choreography for Liza Minnelli's television special Liza with a Z ( 1972 ; music by John Kander and Fred Ebb), and numerous Tony awards for his work on Broadway. Bibliography K.B. Grubb : Razzle Dazzle: the Life and Work of Bob Fosse (New York, 1989) M. Gottfried : All his Jazz: the Life and Death of Bob Fosse (New York, 1990) M. Beddow : Bob Fosse's Broadway (Portsmouth, NH,...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
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...Fosse, Bob ( b Chicago , 23 Jun. 1927 ; d Washington, DC , 23 Sept. 1987 ) US dancer , choreographer , and producer . The son of vaudeville performers he danced in burlesque from the age of 13 and performed as the opening act of striptease shows at 17. In 1940 he formed a night-club team with Charles Gross called the Riff Brothers and began choreographing for amateur productions. He made his debut as a Broadway dancer in 1950 and established himself as a professional choreographer with the musical The Pajama Game ( 1953 , filmed 1957 )....

Fosse, [Robert Louis] Bob

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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Performing arts, Music
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...and dancers always returned to work with him again. He was married to dancing star Gwen Verdon who was featured in five of his Broadway musicals. Biographies: Bob Fosse , Jenai Cutcher ( 2005 ); All His Jazz: The Life and Death of Bob Fosse , Martin Gottfried ( 1990 / 2003 ); Razzle Dazzle: The Life and Work of Bob Fosse , Kevin Boyd Grubb ( 1989 ); Bob Fosse's Broadway , Margery Beddow ( 1996...

Fosse, [Robert Louis] Bob

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...Trying ( 1961 ), and Little Me ( 1962 ). Fosse served as both director and choreographer for Redhead ( 1959 ), Sweet Charity ( 1966 ), Pippin ( 1972 ), Chicago ( 1977 ), Dancin ' ( 1978 ), and Big Deal ( 1986 ). He sometimes returned to performing, as when he played the title role in a 1963 City Center revival of Pal Joey . The dance musical Fosse ( 1999 ) was a compilation of his work re‐created by others after his death. Biography: All His Jazz: The Life and Death of Bob Fosse , Martin Gottfried , 1990...

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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Music
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847 words

...respect and affection, ‘in the style of Bob Fosse’. His incredible wit and vitality were remembered again early in 1999, when a retrospective of his dance numbers entitled Fosse opened on Broadway. The show was directed by Richard Maltby Jnr . and Reinking, and choreographed by Reinking and Chet Walker. FURTHER READING Bob Fosse's Broadway , Margery Beddow . Heinemann (UK).1996. All His Jazz: The Life And Death Of Bob Fosse , Martin Gottfried . Da Capo (USA).1998. Razzle Dazzle: The Life And Works Of Bob Fosse , Kevin Boyd Grubb . St. Martin's Press...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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Bob Fosse

Bob Fosse  

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(b Chicago, 23 Jun. 1927; d Washington, DC, 23 Sept. 1987)US dancer, choreographer, and producer. The son of vaudeville performers he danced in burlesque from the age of 13 and performed as the ...
Jazz Dance

Jazz Dance  

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Dance form developed by African-Americans in the US in the early part of the 20th century. It drew on African rhythms and techniques which isolated different parts of the body in movement. The name ...
Ann Reinking

Ann Reinking  

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(b Seattle, 10 Nov. 1949)US dancer, choreographer, and director. She studied ballet locally, at San Francisco Ballet School and with Joffrey, making her debut with the corps de ballet at Radio City ...
New Girl In Town

New Girl In Town  

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Bob Merrill, previously known for writing novelty songs such as ‘Sparrow In The Tree Top’, ‘Feet Up (Pat Him On the Po-Po)’, ‘If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked ...
All That Jazz

All That Jazz  

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Bob Fosse's 1979 film about a workaholic film director which was based heavily on his own life. It features Airotica, one of his most aggressively erotic dance numbers.
Dancin'

Dancin'  

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Bob Fosse had probably been waiting all his life for the opportunity to get rid of those tiresome librettos and get down to what the Broadway musical stage was all ...
Chicago

Chicago  

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Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse’s book for this ‘Musical Vaudeville’, which opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on 3 June 1975, was based on a play by Maurine ...
Pippin

Pippin  

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Director and choreographer Bob Fosse was mainly responsible for bringing this Stuart Ostrow production to Broadway some five years after its conception. He also collaborated with librettist Roger O. ...
Damn Yankees (film musical)

Damn Yankees (film musical)  

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Although the original 1955 Broadway show kept that title for the London stage production, the 1958 film version was released in the UK as What Lola Wants. Regardless of its ...
Pajama Game, The (film musical)

Pajama Game, The (film musical)  

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Hardly any screen version of a hit Broadway musical is considered to be better than the original, but this one in 1957 was an exception. This was possibly because several ...

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