Wednesday, April 23, 2008

pj's and jazz hands

Pajama Game is playing at the Des Moines Playhouse through May 4. But you knew that, and you know it's based on the novel 7 1/2 Cents by Iowan Richard Bissell. So let's talk Fosse. Pajama Game was Bob Fosse's first full-blown choreography job. His revolutionary style with its sinuous, hip-thrusting sexuality was a revelation. Fosse won a Tony right out of the box for Pajama Game, an Oscar for Cabaret, and an Emmy for Liza with a Z. First person to have all 3 awards in his pocket. Plus, Fosse is said to have popularized "jazz hands", an example of which you see here. Though they're usually not so colorful. Fosse's fictionalized life story can be seen in the film All That Jazz.

Source: St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. 5 vols. St. James Press, 2000, as reprinted in Biography Resource Center.

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