The Quotable Bob Fosse
Winner of nine Tony Awards for choreography and direction
(bornthis day in 1927) also won an Emmy (for
Liza with a 'Z'
), an Oscar (for
), aPalme d'Or (for
All That Jazz
- based on his turbulent life) and a Laurence OlivierAward amongst many other accolades and tributes. He has even had awardsnamed after him - the Fosse Awards, now renamed the American ChoreographyAwards is just one example of the heights to which this legendary choreographer,director, producer, screenwriter and dancer soared.Although he made his mark on the big screen, Fosse will be best remembered forhis theatre work. His name is linked to such showstopping shows as:
Pal Joey,The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Redhead, How to Succeed in BusinessWithout Really Trying, Sweet Charity, Pippin, Chicago, Dancin'
. To celebrate one of the great dance talents of the twentieth century, here is aselection of quotations by and about Bob Fosse ...
Quotes by Bob Fosse ...
"I thank God that I wasn't born perfect.""I think Balanchine and Robbins talk to God and when I call, he’s out to lunch.""Directors are never in short supply of girlfriends.""Don't dance for the audience; dance for yourself.""The time to sing is when your emotional level is too high to just speak anymore,and the time to dance is when your emotions are just too strong to only singabout how you feel."
Quotations about Bob Fosse ...
(1972) -"Superbly choreographed by Bob Fosse, the cabaret numbersevoke Berlin of 1931 so vividly that only an idiot could fail to perceive thatsomething is rotten in the state of Weimar."
Tom Milne in
The Time Out Film Guide
"Bob Fosse likes tall girls with no shape. You don’t have to be a good dancer …you have to be double-jointed."
Valerie Peters (1977)
"Fosse, a dancer, a singer, a choreographer, knew musicals the way a child issupposed to remember mother’s milk."
Richard Fuller in
All That Jazz
-"An uproarious display of brilliance, nerve, dance, maudlinconfessions, inside jokes and, especially, ego … as if Bob Fosse had invited us toattend his funeral … after all, funerals are only wasted on the dead."
Vincent Canby in
The New York Times