Bob Fosse Chronology

A three page manually typed document center titled “Bob Fosse Chronology” having additional handwritten blue ink annotations from wife Gwen Verdon throughout. Timeline as published first in Dance In America magazine on August 28, 1989.

Year Date Production Life Event Credited As
1927 23-Jun Born Robert Louis Fosse, in Chicago to Cyril K. and Sarah (Stanton)
1940 Teamed with Charles Grass to perofrm as the Riff Brothers in vaudeville, burlesque and movie house amateur nights
1942 Worked as master of ceremonies at series of small night spots, first choreographing assignment: four girls w/ ostrich feather fans to Porter’s “That Old Black Magic”
1945 Graduates from Amundsen High School and enlists in Navy where he is assigned to Pacific Entertainment Units
1947 Marries Mary Ann Niles at age of 18 yr. (marriage lasts 4 years)
1948 Studies acting at American Theatre Wing
CALL ME MISTER in chorus of touring company
MAKE MINE MANHATTAN (revue) in touring company
thru 1951 Makes appearances on television’s “Show of Shows,” “Toni Review,” “The Fifty Fourth Street Review,” “Hit Parade” (one of original lead dancers)
1950 20-Jan DANCE ME A SONG opens Broadway debut
1951 12-Mar BILLION DOLLAR BABY appeared as “Champ Watson”
1952 3-Jan PAL JOEY opens understudied Harold Lang in title role, took over lead in touring company
Dec Marries Joan McCracken
1953 Is signed to an MGM contract and appears in:
GIVE A GIRL A BREAK
AFFAIRS OF DOBIE GILLIS
KISS ME KATE appears, choreographs 45 seconds of “From This Moment On”
1954 13-May PAJAMA GAME opens choreographer
1955 Tony Award for Best Choreography (PAJAMA GAME)
5-May DAMN YANKEES opens choreographer
MY SISTER EILEEN film appears and choreographs
1956 Tony Award for Best Choreography (DAMN YANKEES)
29-Nov BELLS ARE RINGING
1957 14-May NEW GIRL IN TOWN opens choreographer
PAJAMA GAME film choreographed
1958 DAMN YANKEES film choreographer
1959 5-Feb REDHEAD opens director/choreographer
Tony Award for Best Choreography (REDHEAD)
1960 3-Apr Marries Gwen Verdon, in Evanston, Illinois during tour of REDHEAD
1961 31-May PAL JOEY opens “Joey” in City Center Revival
14-Oct HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING opens choreographer
“The Seasons of Youth” – TV director/choreographer
1962 17-Nov LITTLE ME opens co-director/choreographer
Tony Award for Best Choreography (LITTLE ME)
Receives Dance Magazine Award
1963 24-Mar Nicole Providence born
29-Mar PAL JOEY opens “Joey” in City Center Revival
1964 LITTLE ME (London debut)
PLEASURES AND PALACES director/choreographer
1966 29-Jan SWEET CHARITY opens director/choreographer
Tony Award for Best Choreography (SWEET CHARITY)
1969 SWEET CHARITY film director/choreographer
1972 23-Oct PIPPIN opens director/choreographer
Tony Awards for Best Direction and Choreography (PIPPIN)
CABARET film director/choreographer
Academy Award for Best Direction (CABARET film)
LIZA WITH A “Z” – TV director/choreographer
Emmy Award for Best Direction (LIZA WITH A “Z”)
1974 6-Jan LIZA opens (Liza Minnelli in concert at Winter Garden Theatre) director/choreographer
THE LITTLE PRINCE choreograhs his part “The Snake”
LENNY dramatic film director
Nov Fosse suffers massive heart attack
1975 3-Jun CHICAGO opens director/choreographer/ adapts book w/ Ebb
1977 THIEVES film cameo appearance
1978 27-Mar DANCIN’ opens director/choreographer
Tony Award for Best Choreography (DANCIN’)
1979 ALL THAT JAZZ film director/choreographer
Academy Award Nominations for Best Direction and Original Screenplay (ALL THAT JAZZ)
1982 MAGIC BIRD OF FIRE (NEPOTISM) – ballet for Nicole
1983 STAR 80 dramatic film director
1986 10-Apr BIG DEAL opens director/choreographer
Tony Award for Best Choreography (BIG DEAL)
27-Apr SWEET CHARITY revival opens director/choreographer
Receives George Abbot Award
1987 4-May Receives 36th Annual Capezio Dance Award
23-Sep Dies at age 60 in Washington, D.C.