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Apprenticeship

Kevin Winkler

in Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780199336791
eISBN:
9780190841478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199336791.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Dance, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter describes Bob Fosse’s first four Broadway shows, which he worked on with George Abbott or Jerome Robbins, both of whom proved important mentors to the young choreographer. This ... More


Rhythm of Life

Kevin Winkler

in Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780199336791
eISBN:
9780190841478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199336791.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Dance, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter describes Bob Fosse’s film Sweet Charity, which opened at the top of 1966 and was a compendium of then-current styles and sexual attitudes. Fosse conceived this American adaptation of ... More


Keep It Hot

Kevin Winkler

in Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780199336791
eISBN:
9780190841478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199336791.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Dance, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter discusses two back-to-back projects in different media that share similarities. Lenny was Fosse’s film biography of comedian Lenny Bruce, whose disgust at sexual taboos and political and ... More


The Musical: “No Show Is Worth Dying For”

Ethan Mordden

in All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190651794
eISBN:
9780190860929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190651794.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

This chapter analyzes and discusses the performance of Chicago, which opened in 1975. Here were the key elements of Fosse’s art, the carnal act on one hand and, on the other, the indefinable American ... More


Uncle Sam Rag

Kevin Winkler

in Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780199336791
eISBN:
9780190841478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199336791.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Dance, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter describes Bob Fosse’s work on the shows Redhead and The Conquering Hero. At Gwen Verdon’s insistence, Fosse was hired as both choreographer and director of Redhead, a musical comedy ... More


Redhead

Ethan Mordden

in Coming up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195140583
eISBN:
9780199848867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140583.003.0014
Subject:
Music, Popular

The story behind this show starts in the mid-1940s, when Dorothy and Herbert Fields got interested in Madame Tussaud's waxworks in London. They thought it would prove a dandy setting for a musical ... More


Control

Kevin Winkler

in Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780199336791
eISBN:
9780190841478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199336791.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Dance, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter describes how Bob Fosse’s successes during the previous decade allowed him even greater control over his projects in the 1980s. Star 80, his film about the murder of a Playboy Playmate, ... More


Fosse & Verdon and Kander & Ebb: “You Have To Act Your Dancing”

Ethan Mordden

in All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190651794
eISBN:
9780190860929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190651794.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

This chapter chronicles the rise of Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse as well as John Kander and Fred Ebb in the theatre industry. Their careers reveal how much the musical was transforming itself by the ... More


Fosseville

Kevin Winkler

in Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780199336791
eISBN:
9780190841478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199336791.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Dance, Performing Practice/Studies

When Bob Fosse died in 1987, his influence on a new generation was already being felt, and this chapter traces that influence into the twenty-first century. With the opening sequence of All That ... More


All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago

Ethan Mordden

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190651794
eISBN:
9780190860929
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190651794.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

In 1975, the Broadway musical Chicago brought together a host of memes and myths, the gleefully subversive character of American musical comedy, the reckless glamor of the big-city newspaper, the mad ... More


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