All His Jazz: The Life and Death of Bob Fosse

Martin Gottfried, Author Bantam Books $24.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-553-07038-5
Former Women's Wear Daily drama critic Gottfried traces the life and career of director/choreographer Fosse (1927-1987), who rose to fame with The Pajama Game , Damn Yankees , Sweet Charity and other shows and films. Fosse's life was full of conflict--a desire (unfulfilled) to star as performer as well as director, painful personal relationships, obsession with sex and a preoccupation with death that led him to recount the details of his heart attack in the movie All That Jazz . Basing his text on interviews, Gottfried examines Fosse's numerous unsatisfactory marriages and love affairs, and his tense dealings with collaborators and colleagues, revealing much about the backstage intrigues and vicissitudes of show business, but offering little of substance about either the shows themselves or Fosse's talent. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/1990
Release date: 11/01/1990
Paperback - 496 pages - 978-0-306-80837-1
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