Bob Fosse, born Robert Louis Fosse on the 23rd June 1927 was an America musical theatre choreographer and director, and a film director, whom unfortunately died on the 23rd September 1987. He died from a heart attack, on the opening night of ‘Sweet Charity’ which he had choreographed. His death was caused by his hectic life style. Many people were saddened as he was a major influence and a big part of many peoples lives.
Fosse was a huge influence to a lot of performers. He’d worked many times with Liza Minnelli who worshiped him. From watching Stanley Donen’s 1974 film version of ‘The Little Prince’ the song ‘Snake in the Grass’ where Fosse performed a memorable song and dance number. It shows how he has been such an influence to …show more content…
Although Fosse may have been upset about this, it didn’t stop him. He still carried on being very famous with more choreography.
During Fosse’s time whilst he was choreographing he was a great man to work with and many performers praised him. But after his first heart attack his mood changed suddenly and the cast and production team working with him found it very hard.
Fosse had called up Fred Ebb and had said ‘’I know you must of thought while we were working on ‘Chicago’ that I was picking on you.’ That was exactly what he said and I told him, ‘Honestly, Bobby, yes, I did think that.’ He said, ‘Well, I was picking on you. Do you know why? Because you are vulnerable, and vulnerable people drive crazy.’’ (Colored lights, Forty years of Words and Music, Show Biz, Collaboration, and All That Jazz, John Kander and Fred Ebb, as told to Greg Lawrence 2003, Page 123)
No-one could believe how much he had changed. Fosse even started on his cast, one incident was with ‘Michael Vita’ he only had two words to say which was ‘Your witness’ and because he couldn’t get them the way Fosse wanted them to be he went on and on and Michael ended up in