fosseI have often said that I like books about creative people and the creative process. One of the great creative forces of the last century was Bob Fosse, whose contributions to American entertainment still reverberate today. To help us fully understand the contributions of Mr. Fosse and the complicated man that he was personally and creatively, we are fortunate to have the excellent biography, Fosse by Sam Wasson.

About Fosse by Sam Wasson: “More than a quarter-century after his death, Bob Fosse’s fingerprints on popular culture remain indelible. The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment, forever marking Broadway and Hollywood with his iconic style — hat tilted, fingers splayed — that would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosse’s innumerable achievements, no accomplishment ever seemed to satisfy him, and offstage his life was shadowed in turmoil and anxiety. Now, bestselling author Sam Wasson unveils the man behind the swaggering sex appeal, tracing Fosse’s untold reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources — friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of whom have never spoken publicly about Fosse before — Wasson illuminates not only Fosse’s prodigious professional life, but also his close and conflicted relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli to Ann Reinking to Jessica Lange and Dustin Hoffman. Wasson also uncovers the deep wounds that propelled Fosse’s insatiable appetites — for spotlights, women, and life itself. In this sweeping, richly detailed account, Wasson’s stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for revealing Bob Fosse as he truly was — after hours, close up, and in vibrant color.”

There is a classic film, All that Jazz, which is based on the life of Mr. Fosse. It is a great movie but only scratches the surface of who he was and what he accomplished. Mr. Wasson’s book is the perfect companion to that film and the many lasting works of art left in Mr. Fosse’s considerable wake.

Fosse by Sam Wasson is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.