Sunday, October 24, 2004
Snapping fingers. Cocky struts. Tilted bowler hats. Shoulder rolls. Swiveling hips.
These are the signatures of a Bob Fosse dance.
There's no denying that the choreographer's sexy style and thoroughly modern vision revolutionized musical theater.
- Saturday, October 30, 2004, 7:30 p.m.
- Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, KU campus, Lawrence
- All ages / $19.50 - $44
A touring show that plays Saturday at the Lied Center strips that genre to its barest essentials to showcase Fosse's most enduring creations. "Fosse," which snagged the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1999, also features rarely seen dances, musical numbers from Fosse's earliest works and several pieces that have never before been seen onstage.
Twenty-four dancers will slink through performances from Broadway hits such as "Sweet Charity," "Chicago" and "Dancin'" and the films "Cabaret" and "All That Jazz." Fans of classic Fosse won't be disappointed; the program includes quintessentials like "Steam Heat," "Big Spender," "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Dancin' Man" and "Sing, Sing, Sing."
Fosse, who died in 1987 at age 60, built his dance legacy in Broadway, film and television. His other Broadway credits include "The Pajama Game" and "Pippin." He won nine Tony awards for his work as a director and choreographer, one Academy Award and three Emmy Awards. In 1973, he became the first director in history to win the Oscar, Tony and Emmy Awards in a single year for the film version of "Cabaret," the Broadway musical "Pippin" and the television special "Liza with a Z."
Fosse, who was married three times, has been described as one of his era's most indulgent personalities. He was known to keep as frenetic a pace in his personal life as he did in his artistic life. He tempered his use of alcohol and drugs after a major heart attack in the early 1970s. Seventeen years later, while rehearsing a revival of "Sweet Charity," Fosse collapsed outside a Washington, D.C., hotel and died of a heart attack.