Fosse

Choreographed by Bob Fosse, conceived by Richard Maltby Jnr, Chet Walker and Ann Reinking
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, and touring
(2004)

GFosse poster
Fosse dance routine

Bob Fosse was in a class of his own. He's the only person ever to win three awards in different media in the same year: two Tony awards for Pippin, an Oscar for directing the film Cabaret and three Emmy awards for producing, directing and choreographing Liza Minelli's television special Liza With a Z.

He was the consummate professional, a perfectionist who always wanted to run through a number one more time. His 14-hour rehearsal sessions were legendary - yet he was so passionate about his art that there was no shortage of dancers who wanted to work with him.

He had his own unmistakeable style: his dancers leaned back, arms by their side, then rolled their shoulders and stretched their fingers. It was sensual, seductive but rarely sleazy.

Fosse, though, was a complex character. He did everything to excess and pushed himself too hard in his search for excellence.

Reviewer: Steve Orme