Fosse, Bob, 1927-1987

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Bob Fosse, choreographer of original works. Richard Maltby, Jr., Chet Walker, and Ann Reinking, co-conceivers.

From the description of Fosse: typescript, 1999. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 144651950

Bob Fosse was an American musical theater and film dancer, choreographer and director. He was born on June 23, 1927 and died Sept. 23, 1987. Gwen Verdon was an American musical theater and film dancer and actress. She was born on Jan. 13,1925 and died on Oct. 18, 2000.

From the description of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon collection, 1920-1991. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71014267

Biographical Sketch

Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1927, Bob Fosse is known as one of musical theater's greatest choreographers and directors. After appearing as a dancer in such films as Give A Girl A Break and Kiss Me Kate, both 1953, Fosse established himself as a choreographer in his first two Broadway shows, The Pajama Game (1954) and Damn Yankees (1955). His choreography includes such other classics as New Girl in Town (1957), Redhead (1959), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1960), Chicago (1975), and Dancin' (1977). Films directed and choreographed by Fosse include Sweet Charity (1966), Pippin (1972), Cabaret (1973) and All That Jazz (1979), a semi-autobiographical effort. Fosse appeared in and choreographed the film The Little Prince (1974). He also directed the films Lenny (1974) and Star 80 (1983). In 1986, he directed and choreographed Big Deal, a Broadway production which he also wrote.

Fosse's work earned him many awards including a Tony for Pippin, an Oscar for Cabaret and an Emmy for Liza With A Z, all in the same year, making him the first person ever to win the "triple crown" of the performing arts. He also captured the Tony Award for Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Redhead, Little Me, Sweet Charity, and Dancin', and won three Emmy Awards for his television special, Liza With A Z . Other awards include a Drama Desk award for Pippin and a Donaldson Award for Pajama Game .

Gwen Verdon, born in Los Angeles, California, in 1925, began her career as a dancer and continued to play roles throughout her career that employed her extraordinary dancing talents. She made her Broadway debut in Alive and Kicking in 1950, and is best known for her work in the Broadway productions of Can-Can (1953), Damn Yankees (1955), New Girl in Town (1957), Redhead (1959), Sweet Charity (1966) and Chicago (1975). Film appearances have included On the Riviera (1951), Meet Me After the Show (1951), David and Bathsheba (1952), Mississippi Gambler (1953), Damn Yankees (1958), Cocoon I (1986), Cotton Club (1984), and Cocoon II (1988).

Verdon has appeared in numerous television shows including M*A*S*H, Dear John, Webster, and Magnum PI, where she earned an Emmy award nomination. She was also a guest of the People's Republic of China, where she taught theater dance to the Beijing Ballet Company, and has worked as a consultant for revivals of several Fosse/Verdon shows.

Verdon is the recipient of many awards for her work. Her performances in Can-Can, Damn Yankees, New Girl in Town, and Redhead all earned her Tony Awards.

Fosse and Verdon were married in 1960 and had one daughter, Nicole Fosse, also a professional dancer who appeared on Broadway in Phantom of the Opera . Although separated, Fosse and Verdon remained close friends and collaborators until his death on the opening night of a revival of Sweet Charity at the National Theater in Washington, DC, in 1987.

Related Publications:

Chandler, James Winston The Function of the Choreographer in the Development of the Conceptual Musical: An Examination of the Work of Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, and Michael Bennett on Broadway Between 1944 and 1981. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Dissertation Services, 1993. Gargaro, Kenneth Vance The Work of Bob Fosse and the Choreographer-directors in the Translation of Musicals to the Screen. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1980. Gottfried, Martin All His Jazz: The Life and Death of Bob Fosse. New York: Bantam Books, 1990. Grubb, Kevin Boyd Razzle Dazzle: The Life and Work of Bob Fosse. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989. Martin, Cheryl Annette "Man on a Tightrope: The Dark Vision of Bob Fosse." Master's thesis, University of Southern California, 1985. Prince, Harold Contradictions: Notes on Twenty-six Years in the Theatre. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1974. Sloan, Ronna Elaine Bob Fosse: An Analytic-critical Study. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1983.

From the guide to the Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon Collection, 1920-1991, (Music Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Ben Shaktman Papers, 1949-2009 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Fosse, Bob, 1927-1987. Musical comedies. Pippin. [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Fosse, Bob, 1927-1987. Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon collection, 1920-1991. Library of Congress
creatorOf Theatre Aquarius Archives. Pippin / book by Roger O. Hirson, music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz ; directed and choreographed by Lou Zamprogna, 2000 - House Program. University of Guelph
referencedIn Queer|Art|Film Collection, Bulk, 2010-2013, 2010 - 2013 Fales Library & Special Collections
creatorOf Adler, Richard, 1921-. Musical comedies. Pajama game [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Wheeler, Hugh, 1912-1987. Hugh Wheeler collection, 1931-1987. Boston University. School of Medicine
creatorOf Schulberg, Budd. Papers, 1913-2007. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Kander, John. Chicago : the musical / music by John Kander ; lyrics by Fred Ebb ; book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse ; based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins ; script adaptation, David Thompson, 1997. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Players (New York, N.Y.). Pipe Night tape collection, 1963-1986. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Fosse (Musical) [clippings]. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Fosse, Bob, 1927-1987. Fosse: typescript, 1999. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Kander, John. Chicago : a musical vaudeville / book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse ; music by John Kander ; lyrics by Fred Ebba ; directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) Archive, 1963 - [ongoing] University of Brighton Design Archives
referencedIn The E.Y. Harburg Collection, 1929-1968 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Souvenir programs of motion pictures, 1915-1978. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Fosse, Bob, 1927-1987. Musical comedies. Bells are ringing [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Miscellaneous screen, stage, and radio scripts, ca. 1859-2007. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Chicago (movie) [clippings]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Fosse, Bob, 1927-1987. Musical comedies. Sweet Charity [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn William Wolf film & theater interview collection sound recordings, 1972-1988 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Miscellaneous screen, stage, and radio scripts, ca. 1859-2007. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Alix Jeffry additional papers, 1935-1993. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Adler, Richard, 1921-. Richard Adler collection 1950-1980 (bulk 1950-1970). Library of Congress
referencedIn Cheryl Crawford papers, 1920-1986 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Frederick Brisson papers, 1934-1984 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Bugbee, Charles T. Lighting designs, 1952-1983. Williams College, Sawyer Library
referencedIn Philippe Halsman theatrical photographs, 1947-1969 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon Collection, 1920-1991 Music Division Library of Congress
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associatedWith Adler, Richard, 1921- person
associatedWith Brisson, Frederick, 1912-1984 person
associatedWith Bugbee, Charles T. person
associatedWith Crawford, Cheryl, 1902-1986 person
associatedWith E. Y. Harburg person
associatedWith Fosse (Bob)/Verdon (Gwen) Collection (Library of Congress) corporateBody
associatedWith Halsman, Philippe person
associatedWith International Council of Graphic Design Associations corporateBody
associatedWith Jeffry, Alix. person
associatedWith Kander, John. person
associatedWith Maltby, Richard, 1937- person
associatedWith Players (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Reinking, Ann. person
associatedWith Schulberg, Budd. person
associatedWith Shaktman, Ben, 1937- person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith Theatre Aquarius Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith The New York Public Library, Billy Rose Theatre Collection, Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. corporateBody
associatedWith Verdon, Gwen. person
associatedWith Walker, Chet. person
correspondedWith Wheeler, Hugh, 1912-1987. person
associatedWith Wolf, William person
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Birth 1927-06-23

Death 1987-09-23

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