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More than a quarter-century after his death, Bob Fosse s fingerprints on popular culture remain indelible. The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment, forever marking Broadway and Hollywood with his iconic style hat tilted, fingers splayed that would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosse s innumerable achievements, no accomplishment ever seemed to satisfy him, and offstage his life was shadowed in turmoil and anxiety.Now, bestselling author Sam Wasson unveils the man behind the swaggering sex appeal, tracing Fosse s untold reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn "The Pajama Game," "Cabaret," "Pippin," "All That Jazz," and "Chicago," one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of whom have never spoken publicly about Fosse before Wasson illuminates not only Fosse s prodigious professional life, but also his close and conflicted relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli to Ann Reinking to Jessica Lange and Dustin Hoffman. Wasson also uncovers the deep wounds that propelled Fosse s insatiable appetites for spotlights, women, and life itself. In this sweeping, richly detailed account, Wasson s stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for revealing Bob Fosse as he truly was after hours, close up, and in vibrant color. "show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 723 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 60.96mm | 997.9g
  • Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0547553293
  • 9780547553290
  • 233,459

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"Scintillating . . . There's an enormous amount of scholarship here, yet the story never drags, so adroitly does [Wasson] blend his material into a fluent narrative around evocative scenes where character emerges novelistically." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) "Here's something you can't say about many celebrity biographies: at nearly 750 pages, it feels like it ends too soon . . . A pure joy to read, cover to cover." --"Booklist" "Lushly researched . . . [Wasson] has amassed a mountain of data about Fosse but has sculpted it into something moving and memorable. . . . Graceful prose creates a richly detailed and poignant portrait." --"Kirkus "(starred review) "Deep inside this comprehensive study, Sam Wasson uses a phrase to describe the movie "Cabaret" 'the bejeweling of horror.' Bob Fosse's whole life was something like that, a man who created magnificent, bejeweled art at personal cost. It's an American story, powerfully told." -- Paul Hendrickson, author of "Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost" "I tore through this masterful biography, loving it from beginning to end. Wasson writes with a verve ideally tuned to his subject, sparkling with wit and fresh insight. . . . This is a life lived large -- and dangerously -- amid cultural currents that propelled and inspired Fosse as a dancer, choreographer, and director. In "Fosse," Sam Wasson energetically and authoritatively brings it all into sharp focus, with uncanny depth and perception." -- Sally Bedell Smith, author of "Elizabeth the Queen" "Hard work is evident in the intricate depiction of a complicated, brilliant man...A thoroughly researched and fascinating look at Fosse, viewed through the relationships and work that defined him. Highly recommended for theater or movie aficionados, aspiring performers, and fans of engrossing biography." --Library Journal, STARRED review "Unlike countless biographies of artists and performers, "Fosse" does not rely on dime-store psychshow more

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