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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 Blackstone Audio; 2013 Sam Wasson
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5 out of 5 stars
By Keith on 03-06-18

High concept biography, well executed

Wasson does more than just chart the life and career of Bob Fosse. He uses the dancer/choreographer/director to paint a sprawling picture of the sea change in the performing arts from vaudeville to MTV. Fosse is interesting in his own right, but the connection to so many aspects of American culture that is particularly compelling. The worlds of dance, theatre, television, and film are all deftly handled. The paradoxes of the man are front and center throughout, with Wasson being alternately critical and forgiving of his shortcomings. There are hints of mythologizing throughout, but they're often balanced by acknowledging Fosse's insecurities and contradictions. Fosse is an innovator and a relic, an artist and a hack, kind and cruel, selfish and selfless. This biography is informative, but its value doesn't come from learning the details of Fosse's life. It's Wasson's ability to contextualize and synthesize his 60 years that make this book essential reading.

The reader Jim Meskimen is excellent. Confident, articulate, expressive, and a great tone. A wonderful audiobook experience on all fronts.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 04-22-16

Didn't want it to end.

A must for anyone who loves American musical theater. Made me want to see all his shows.

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