9780199336791

Big Deal Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-03-08
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

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.

Author Biography


Kevin Winkler enjoyed a career of more than twenty years as a curator, archivist, and administrator at the New York Public Library, prior to which he was a professional dancer. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science and a consultant for Lincoln Center Education. He is the editor of Their Championship Seasons: Acquiring, Processing, and Using Performing Arts Archives. He blogs for the Huffington Post and is a MacDowell Colony fellow.

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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