Bob Fosse Biographer Sam Wasson Unearths Lost ABC Special
During research for his book FOSSE, which came out earlier this week, Sam Wasson came across a lost 1961 ABC special starring Bob Fosse.
Fosse, known for his legendary directorial and choreographer credits in shows such as Pippin, Chicago, How to Succeed in Business, and The Pajama Game, as well as many others. He also has stage credits in Pal Joey as Joey Evans and Dance Me a Song, where he played many roles.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sam Wasson uncovered a special entitled SEASONS OF YOUTH, featuring a number about suicide, called "I Don't Think I Will End It All Today". This had gone unseen and forgotten about for fifty years, until Wasson reached out to Jane Klain and had help tracking it down in ABC's archives. The special is now viewable at the Paley Center.
Sam Wasson is a well known social historian whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and many other publications. According to his website, "As panelist and lecturer Wasson has appeared all over the world, from the 92nd Street Y in New York to Toronto's Bell Lightbox Theater to the Rome International Film Festival, has been a featured guest on CNN, BBC, Fox, ABC, and NPR."
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Born in 1927 in Chicago Illinois, Bob Fosse has major directorial and choreography credits for some of Broadway and West End's biggest shows, best known for his choreography in Chicago. In addition to his director and choreographer credits, he also acted in Pal Joey and Dance Me a Song. He's also been the book writer of three shows, BIG DEAL, CHICAGO, and he was the conceiver of SWEET CHARITY. He died at the young age of 60 in 1987.