Fosse, Bob (1927–1987) By Milovanovic, Dara
Bob Fosse greatly influenced commercial screen dance and musical theatre stages in the latter part of the 20th century as a choreographer and director in the US. In a career that spanned over 30 years, Fosse choreographed 16 Broadway musicals and 7 films, and directed 5 feature films and made numerous TV specials. Fosse broke with established conventions in thematic, musical, and editing choices, but never diverted his focus from the entertainment goals of his productions. His work aimed to create a complete dance-theatre experience, which would resonate with audiences. As interdisciplinary projects, Fosse’s directorial and choreographic works used minimalism, irony and artifice, and social engagement.