June 19: Sam Wasson On Bob Fosse

Hollywood author discusses life and works of choreographer & director Bob Fosse.


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Fosse. A giant name in choreography and film. Bob Fosse (1927–1987) began his career aspiring to become the next Fred Astaire and extended what had become “traditional dance”—including the use of props such as bowler hats, canes, and chairs—by introducing new vocabulary such as turned-in knees, sideways shuffling, rolled shoulders, and jazz hands. Fosse’s numerous awards include Tonys for Pippin and Sweet Charity, an Oscar for Cabaret, and an Emmy for Liza with a Z.” 

Behind Fosse’s artistic success was a rocky personal life. Join biographer Sam Wasson – who also wrote Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M .: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman – for a crash course on Fosse’s famous demons, angels, women, ambitions, failures (self-proclaimed and otherwise), and everything else Fosse put into the autobiographical masterpiece All That Jazz.

On Friday, June 20, Sam Wasson returns to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to introduce a screening of the newly restored All That Jazz at 7 p.m.

Houston Public Media’s Eric Ladau spoke with Mr. Wasson.