Nine-time Tony Award winner Bob Fosse will be honored with a stamp from the U.S. Postal Service in 2012 as one of four influential choreographers who changed the art of Dance. Fosse will be joined by Isadora Duncan, José Limón and Katherine Dunham in individual stamps designed to look like posters advertising a live performance.
Fosse’s Tony Awards spanned 30 years on Broadway, beginning with The Pajama Game (1955) and ending with Big Deal (1986), the year before his death at age 60. His other Tonys were for choreographing Damn Yankees (1956), Redhead (1959), Little Me (1963), Sweet Charity (1966), directing and choreographing Pippin (1973) and choreographing Dancin’ (1978), a show that Roundabout Theatre Company will revive this season at Studio 54. Fosse was nominated for nine additional Tonys and won an Oscar for directing the film adaptation of Cabaret.
Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps, which feature illustrations by James McMullan, known for his poster art for Lincoln Center Theater productions. Fosse’s stamp portrays him on the set of the 1969 movie adaptation of Sweet Charity.
Click on the clip below to see Fosse in action with his wife and muse, Gwen Verdon, performing "Who's Got the Pain" from Damn Yankees.