Bob Fosse in the studio (courtesy Dance Magazine Archives)
It's important to know about the artists who paved the way for us—especially in the musical theater world, which has been driven from the beginning by charismatic dancers and choreographers whose work continues to inspire Broadway babies. If you're a Great White Way fan, you should get to know these legendary artists, some of whom are still making moves.
Brilliant dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse would have been 87 years old today. Say it with us:
(OK, OK—we stole these gifs from our friends over at Playbill. They're just so darn great!)
What better way to celebrate the nine-time Tony Award winner than by watching the full versions of the three incredible Fosse routines gif-ified above? First, there's Fosse himself dancing with muse Gwen Verdon in "Who's Got the Pain" from Damn Yankees, 1958:
Next up, we've got another Fosse favorite, Liza Minnelli, in the slinky "Bye Bye Blackbird" number from Liza with a Z, 1972:
And finally we have Fosse again, tearing it up with fellow dancer Tommy Rall in "Alley Dance" from My Sister Eileen, 1955:
We miss you, Fosse! Want to learn more about this groundbreaking artist? Click here for Dance Spirit's Fosse primer.