Wednesday 4 March 2009

after watching the excellent Movie Chicago last night with choreography by the great Bob Fosse I found myself mulling over Beyonce's statement that her very striking 'Single Ladies' Video was influenced by a Bob Fosse piece from the Ed Sullivan show in the '60s. It got a few people trying to put the two together. These struck me as the most interesting:

The Fosse original is here. The central dancer is his wife Gwen Verdon. I recall having a minor crush on her after seeing her do 'Whatever Lola Wants' in Damn Yankees, which Fosse also Choreographed.
But for pure Fosse style, check this:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eddie, nice thematic choice on the Fosse, if for nothing else than its weird relationship to another Beyonce video. "Get Me Bodied."

4 March 2009 at 06:37:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Austin Kleon said...

Man, I love this video...had no idea about the Fosse connect! Thanks!

4 March 2009 at 12:33:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Bill Peschel said...

Here's another pairing to consider. One from Fosse's "All That Jazz":

And the video it inspired: Paula Abdul's "Cold Hearted Snake". Note that the introduction even namechecks Fosse:

It's tastefully hot!

4 March 2009 at 14:14:00 GMT-5  

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