Fosse by Sam Wasson audiobook

Fosse

By Sam Wasson
Read by Jim Meskimen

Blackstone Publishing 9780547553290
21.38 Hours Unabridged
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We see Bob Fosse’s legacy everywhere—from Broadway to “BillyJean” 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. Nowacclaimed cultural historian Sam Wasson traces Fosse’s numberless reinventionsof 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 professionallife 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 unprecedentedaccess to Fosse’s archives, Wasson also reveals the deep wounds that propelledhis subject’s excessive appetites—for spotlights, women, and life itself. In Fosse, Wasson’s stylish, effervescentprose proves the ideal vehicle for reanimating Bob Fosse as he truly was—afterhours, close up, and in vibrant color.

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Summary

Summary

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

A 2013 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Nonfiction

A 2013 NPR Best Book

A 2013 Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, November 2013

We see Bob Fosse’s legacy everywhere—from Broadway to “BillyJean” 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. Nowacclaimed cultural historian Sam Wasson traces Fosse’s numberless reinventionsof 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 professionallife 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 unprecedentedaccess to Fosse’s archives, Wasson also reveals the deep wounds that propelledhis subject’s excessive appetites—for spotlights, women, and life itself. In Fosse, Wasson’s stylish, effervescentprose proves the ideal vehicle for reanimating Bob Fosse as he truly was—afterhours, close up, and in vibrant color.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mr. Wasson is a smart and savvy reporter, and his book abounds with colorful firsthand tales…Required reading for anyone eager to understand [Fosse’s] brand of—to use a term that appears here constantly, and can’t be outdone—razzle-dazzle. And to see through his darkness.” New York Times
“Bob Fosse, the legendary Broadway choreographer and director…is the glittering, neurotic soul of showbiz in this scintillating biography…Embedded within this exhilarating, appalling portrait is a revealing account of Fosse’s dance innovations…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)
“Wasson takes readers on a wild ride through the life of Bob Fosse…The author interviewed more than three hundred of the artist’s friends, relatives, and competitors for this book, and his 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)
“Here’s something you can’t say about many celebrity biographies: at nearly 750 pages, it feels like it ends too soon. Wasson is such a lively, engaging writer that, as he takes us through the life and career of the multi-award-winning choreographer and director Bob Fosse, we scarcely notice we’re turning the pages—until there are no more to turn…Combining keen analysis of Fosse’s stage and screen works with a compassionate look at Fosse’s often-tumultuous personal life, the book is everything you could want in a celebrity bio, without any of the gossipy, trashy, third-handrumory rubbish that makes too many biographies so painful to read. This one’s a pure joy to read, cover to cover; you read it not merely for Fosse’s story but also for Wasson’s inventive way of telling it. If this book doesn’t turn up on some literary-awards lists, it’ll be a serious crime.” Booklist (starred review)
“The lushly researched life of celebrated dancer, choreographer, and director (stage, films, TV) Bob Fosse. Film critic and biographer 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 Reviews (starred review)

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Reviews

by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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JAZZ HANDS!

Someone told me there is a better Fosse biography out there but I don't want to listen to (or read) it because I think I got everything I could ever need or want from this wonderful audio book! I'd been a fan of Fosse's diverse work (from his dancing on the Colgate Comedy hour to his pitch black direction of STAR 80) for years but never had any clue, other than hearsay about the behind the scenes dirt that went into the creation of his various masterpieces (and they mostly are). Sam Wasson's book has a staggering amount of detail on the history of such classics as Cabaret, Pippin, Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees and more! Jim Meskimen did a great job at narrating as well.

Author

Author Bio: Sam Wasson

Author Bio: Sam Wasson

Sam Wasson is the author of the New York Times bestseller Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman and two works of film criticism. He is a visiting professor of film at Wesleyan University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 21.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English