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Fred Ebb (April 8, 1928 – September 11, 2004) was an American musical theatre lyricist who had many successful collaborations with composer John Kander.wikipedia
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Fred Ebb (April 8, 1928 – September 11, 2004) was an American musical theatre lyricist who had many successful collaborations with composer John Kander.
As part of the songwriting team Kander and Ebb (featuring lyricist Fred Ebb), Kander wrote the scores for 15 musicals, including Cabaret (1966) and Chicago (1975), both of which were later adapted into acclaimed films.

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The Kander and Ebb team frequently wrote for such performers as Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera.
She made her professional stage debut in the 1963 Off-Broadway revival of Best Foot Forward and won a Tony Award for starring in Flora the Red Menace in 1965, which marked the start of her lifelong collaboration with John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Kander and Ebb

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The Kander and Ebb team frequently wrote for such performers as Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera.
Kander and Ebb were a highly successful American songwriting team consisting of composer John Kander (born March 18, 1927) and lyricist Fred Ebb (April 8, 1928 – September 11, 2004).

Cabaret (musical)

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Their second collaboration, Cabaret, was considerably more successful, running for 1,165-performances.
Cabaret is a 1966 musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Joe Masteroff, based on John Van Druten's 1951 play I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood.

Flora the Red Menace

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However, the quality of the score convinced producer Harold Prince to hire them for their first professional production, the George Abbott-directed musical Flora the Red Menace (1965), based on Lester Atwell's novel Love is Just Around the Corner.
Flora the Red Menace is a musical with a book by George Abbott and Robert Russell, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

From A to Z

He also worked with composer Paul Klein from the early 1950s onward, contributing songs to the cabaret revue Isn't America Fun (1959) and the Broadway revue From A to Z (1960), directed by Christopher Hewett.
From A to Z is a musical revue with a book by Woody Allen, Herbert Farjeon, and Nina Warner Hook and songs by Jerry Herman, Fred Ebb, Mary Rodgers, Everett Sloane, Jay Thompson, Dickson Hughes, Jack Holmes, Paul Klein, Norman Martin, William Dyer, and Charles Zwar.

Tommy Valando

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Music publisher Tommy Valando introduced Ebb to Kander in 1962.
In 1964, he introduced John Kander and Fred Ebb who became a prominent songwriting team.

George Abbott

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However, the quality of the score convinced producer Harold Prince to hire them for their first professional production, the George Abbott-directed musical Flora the Red Menace (1965), based on Lester Atwell's novel Love is Just Around the Corner.
Among those who worked with Abbott early in their careers are Desi Arnaz, Gene Tierney, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, Elaine Stritch, John Kander, Fred Ebb, Carol Burnett and Liza Minnelli.

70, Girls, 70

Zorba (1968), directed by Prince, also ran less than a year, though it was more successful in its 1983 revival; and 70, Girls, 70 (1971), which was originally intended as an off-Broadway production, closed after 35 performances.
70, Girls, 70 is a musical with a book by Fred Ebb and Norman L. Martin adapted by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Ebb, and music by John Kander.

Zorba (musical)

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Zorba (1968), directed by Prince, also ran less than a year, though it was more successful in its 1983 revival; and 70, Girls, 70 (1971), which was originally intended as an off-Broadway production, closed after 35 performances.
Zorba is a musical with a book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander.

Chicago (musical)

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Chicago (1975) had mixed reviews but ran for more than two years on Broadway.
Chicago is an American musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse.

Chita Rivera

The Kander and Ebb team frequently wrote for such performers as Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera. The team's musical adaptation of Kiss of the Spider Woman opened in 1993, starring Chita Rivera.
Rivera returned to Broadway in The Visit, the final musical written by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Terrence McNally.

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Fred Ebb (April 8, 1928 – September 11, 2004) was an American musical theatre lyricist who had many successful collaborations with composer John Kander.
John Kander and Fred Ebb explored the rise of Nazism in Germany in Cabaret, and murder and the media in Prohibition-era Chicago, which relied on old vaudeville techniques.

Tony Award for Best Musical

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The original Broadway production opened on November 20, 1966 and won eight of the 11 Tony Awards for which it was nominated, including Best Musical and Best Score.

Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra

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In 1973 Ebb wrote the television special that marked Frank Sinatra's comeback from retirement, Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra (also known as Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back).
The special was written by Fred Ebb, directed by Marty Pasetta, and produced by Howard W. Koch.

The Happy Time

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Their next few works were less successful: The Happy Time (1968), directed by Gower Champion and starring Robert Goulet, ran for less than a year.
The play was also adapted into a musical in 1968 by composer John Kander, lyricist Fred Ebb, and librettist N. Richard Nash, and starred Robert Goulet.

Encores!

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Though rumors of a film production directed again by Fosse were heard, the show was revived in 1996 as part of the Encores! staged concert series.

The Act (musical)

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The following year, Kander and Ebb worked with Minnelli and Martin Scorsese twice: first, in the film New York, New York, which had them write what is their best-known song, the title track; and, again in The Act (1977) a musical about a fictional nightclub act.
The Act is a musical with a book by George Furth, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander.

New York, New York (1977 film)

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The following year, Kander and Ebb worked with Minnelli and Martin Scorsese twice: first, in the film New York, New York, which had them write what is their best-known song, the title track; and, again in The Act (1977) a musical about a fictional nightclub act.
It is a musical tribute, featuring new songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb as well as jazz standards, to Scorsese's home town of New York City, and stars Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli as a pair of musicians and lovers.

Woman of the Year (musical)

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After contributing a song to Phyllis Newman’s one-woman musical, The Madwoman of Central Park West (1979), the team wrote Woman of the Year (1981), which starred Lauren Bacall and won the team their second Tony Award for Best Score.
Woman of the Year is a musical with a book by Peter Stone and score by John Kander and Fred Ebb.

The Rink (musical)

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The Rink (1984) teamed Kander and Ebb again with Minnelli and Rivera.
The Rink is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, the tenth Kander and Ebb collaboration.

Funny Lady

In 1975, the team wrote the score to Funny Lady, the sequel to Funny Girl.
The primary score was by John Kander and Fred Ebb.

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The cast also included Jason Alexander and Rob Marshall.
On Broadway he appeared in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, Kander & Ebb's The Rink, Neil Simon's Broadway Bound, Accomplice, and Jerome Robbins' Broadway, for which he garnered the 1989 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

And the World Goes 'Round

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In 1991, the revue And The World Goes 'Round opened Off-Broadway, featuring Karen Ziemba, Susan Stroman and Scott Ellis.
And the World Goes 'Round is a musical revue showcasing the songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Kiss of the Spider Woman (musical)

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The team's musical adaptation of Kiss of the Spider Woman opened in 1993, starring Chita Rivera.
Kiss of the Spider Woman is a musical with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with the book by Terrence McNally.