Inspirational heavyweight champ, Muhammad Ali

Legendary heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali, died Friday at the age of 74.  Bob Fosse was inspired by the brute athleticism and regal artistry of boxing, and he and Gwen attended many of Ali’s big fights together—in a tux and gown, no less!  Below is a clip of “The Heavyweight” from the film of “Sweet Charity.”  Notice the boxing influences, sounds, movements, and metaphors so masterfully choreographed into the piece.

Frug

American Dance Machine performs “Rich Man’s Frug” from SWEET CHARITY

The Heavyweight

Perhaps, also, Fosse was inspired by Ali’s work ethic, wisdom, and dedication to his craft; “A man who is not courageous enough to take risks will never accomplish anything in life.”—Muhammad Ali