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Musical Theatre Practitioners Theme Of Relationship Musical Theatre Assignment

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NAME: Bethany Foster Registration Number: J837865
The following practitioners’ works should be included in the “A Celebration of Relationships” project. The definition of relationships is “the way in which two or more people or things are connected”. Both of these practitioners, who are Bob Fosse and Stephen Sondheim, use a range of relationships in their work. For example Fosse uses dominant and submissive relationships as in his work women tend to be more dominant in sexual relationships. Another example of relationships used is friendship. Sondheim shows friendship in ‘Into the Woods’; he uses Jack and his cow as an example of friendship.
The first practitioner whose work should be included is Bob Fosse. He was born on the 23rd of June 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. Michael Barson writes in ‘Bob Fosse Biography’ that he was an “American dancer, choreographer and director who revolutionised musicals with his distinct style of dance including his frequent use of props, signature moves, and provocative steps.” [footnoteRef:1]His moves were rather sexual which reflected on his relationships with women. Fosse was also raised by his mother who was a burlesque dancer. His relationship with his mother helped influence some of his costumes and choreography. A lot of the costumes were rather revealing, especially on females. Since he grew up around his mother he was surrounded by that lifestyle and the burlesque style of dance contributed to his dances as some of his dances were very sexual. [1: Barson, M. (2014). Bob Fosse | American choreographer and director. [online] Encyclopaedia Britannica. Available at: [Accessed 4 Apr. 2017].]
Bob Fosse was married and divorced twice while struggling to pursue his career. This could have had an effect on his work as the marriages tended to fail. In the song ‘Cell Block Tango’ from the musical ‘Chicago’, the women in jail were arrested for murdering their husbands. His choreography for this piece was sensual but fierce; maybe fosse was expressing his failed marriages through his choreography as he might have felt that he was the victim but then soon came to realise that he also contributed to the failure of these marriages.
The ‘Famous People Web’ says that “there lay a deep darkness in his personal life. It was dotted with drug addiction, alcoholism and a failed marriage.”[footnoteRef:2] An example of this could be the ‘Rhythm of Life’ from the musical ‘Sweet Charity’. It seems that the relationship between the people and the world becomes affected in this piece because of drug use. Fosse’s drug addiction could have been an influence for his piece as he knew how it felt so he could relate. It was also set just before the 70s which could also be known as the ‘drug era’. So as well as taking influence from his drug addiction he could also have taken this...

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