Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical

Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical

by Kevin Winkler

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Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical by Kevin Winkler

Bob Fosse (1927-1987) is recognized as one of the most significant figures in post-World War II American musical theater. With his first Broadway musical, The Pajama Game in 1954, the "Fosse style" was already fully developed, with its trademark hunched shoulders, turned-in stance, and stuttering, staccato jazz movements. Fosse moved decisively into the role of director with Redhead in 1959 and was a key figure in the rise of the director-choreographer in the Broadway musical. He also became the only star director of musicals of his era—a group that included Jerome Robbins, Gower Champion, Michael Kidd, and Harold Prince—to equal his Broadway success in films.

Following his unprecedented triple crown of show business awards in 1973 (an Oscar for Cabaret, Emmy for Liza with a Z, and Tony for Pippin), Fosse assumed complete control of virtually every element of his projects. But when at last he had achieved complete autonomy, his final efforts, the film Star 80 and the musical Big Deal, written and directed by Fosse, were rejected by audiences and critics.

A fascinating look at the evolution of Fosse as choreographer and director, Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical considers Fosse's career in the context of changes in the Broadway musical theater over four decades. It traces his early dance years and the importance of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins on his work. It examines how each of the important women in his adult life—all dancers—impacted his career and influenced his dance aesthetic. Finally, the book investigates how his evolution as both artist and individual mirrored the social and political climate of his era and allowed him to comfortably ride a wave of cultural changes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199336791
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/08/2018
Series: Broadway Legacies Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 292,719
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kevin Winkler enjoyed a career of more than twenty years as a curator, archivist, and library administrator at the New York Public Library, prior to which he was a professional dancer. He has published articles and contributed to books on performing arts libraries and archives, LGBTQ performance, films, and dance.

Paul Boehmer is a seasoned actor who has appeared on Broadway, film, and television, including The Thomas Crown Affair and All My Children. Coinciding with another of his passions, sci-fi, Paul has been cast in various roles in many episodes of Star Trek.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Geoffrey Block
Acknowledgements
Glossary of dance terms

Introduction
Chapter 1: Boy Dancer
Chapter 2: Apprenticeship
Chapter 3: Uncle Sam Rag
Chapter 4: Comic Relief
Chapter 5: Rhythm of Life
Chapter 6: Wilkommen
Chapter 7: An Anecdotic Revue
Chapter 8: Keep It Hot
Chapter 9: Dancin' Solo
Chapter 10: Dance of Death
Chapter 11: Control
Fosseville

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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