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Bob Fosse may have been a creative genius in his professional life—creating such iconic works as Chicago and Cabaret—but he was pretty structured when it came to his personal life in New York. He largely stayed within a 20-block radius of midtown Manhattan.
With renewed interest in the life and work of the artist, as a result of the current FX limited series Fosse/Verdon, we decided to check in with Fosse author Bob Wasson about the NYC spots that once served as his regular haunts.
“It’s all Midtown. It shows you how regulated his life is,” says Wasson. “Having that kind of structure, allowed him to be free. It reminds me of how Flaubert said to be bourgeois in your life so you can be radical in your art. Fosse was like that. He was into routines, and I think Midtown Manhattan helped him maintain those routines. He never really left.”
Read on for seven New York spots that played a role into Fosse’s life.