Now the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams with Lin-Manuel Miranda executive producing.
“Wasson is a smart and savvy reporter, and his book abounds with colorful firsthand tales.” — Janet Maslin, New York Times
“Fascinating . . . Wasson has taken complete control of his subject.” — Wall Street Journal
The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Bob Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment. His signature style would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosse’s innumerable—including Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever—his offstage life was shadowed by deep wounds and insatiable appetites.
To craft this richly detailed account, best-selling author Sam Wasson has drawn on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources: friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of them speaking publicly about Fosse for the first time. With propulsive energy and stylish prose, Fosse is the definitive biography of one of Broadway and Hollywood’s most complex and dynamic icons.
“Spellbinding.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Impeccably researched.” —Vanity Fair
An NPR Best Book of the Year
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sam Wasson’s meticulously researched, gorgeously written biography is the inspiration behind Fosse/Verdon, the award-winning miniseries starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. Through his work on game-changing musicals like Cabaret and Chicago, choreographer Bob Fosse revolutionized modern dance and influenced stars like Michael Jackson and Beyoncé with his singular, sexually charged style. Wasson’s book serves up backstage stories from those that knew Fosse best, including his muse and spouse, Gwen Verdon. Behind the kinetic dance routines, Fosse often struggled with jealousy, self-loathing, infidelity, and something like a death wish. The last is a constant presence in Fosse, with chapter titles marking how many years, months, and days he had left before his 1987 death. Wasson’s celebration of the dance legend’s life and work never feels morbid, though: He shows why Fosse went to such extremes to create what he did—and why we’ll never see another like him.