Bob Fosse was the academy award winning director of the movie Cabaret. He also directed the movie All that Jazz, an autobiographical story about a movie director who drinks and womanizes too much, and ends up dying of a heart attack. Gottfried takes the title of his biography of Fosse from this movie because Fosse actually died of a heart attack, eight years after filming All the Jazz.
Fosse choregraphed and directed great Broadway musicals, including Sweet Charity, Pippin, and Chicago. Gottfried's book is a treasure trove of character studies of some of the great Broadway and Hollywood producers, writers and actors, including Dustin Hoffman, Neil Simon and Gwen Verdon.
This report prepared by Susanna Marlowe