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Biography of John Kander

John Kander (born March 18, 1927) is the composer of a series of musical theatre successes as part of the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb.

John Kander graduated from Oberlin College. He began his Broadway career as rehearsal pianist for GYPSY, for which he also did the dance arrangements. His first produced musical was A FAMILY AFFAIR, written with James Goldman and William Goldman. In 1962 he teamed up with Fred Ebb to write FLORA THE RED MENACE, produced by Hal Prince, directed by George Abbott, and with book by George Abbott and Robert Russell, in which Liza Minnelli made her initial Broadway appearance.

Kander and Ebb have since been associated with writing material for Minnelli and for Chita Rivera, and have produced special material for their appearances live and on television.

Their musicals CABARET and CHICAGO have been made into films.


KANDER AND EBB MUSICALS

  • A FAMILY AFFAIR (1962)
  • FLORA THE RED MENACE (1965)
  • CABARET (1966)
  • THE HAPPY TIME (1968)
  • ZORBA (1968)
  • 70, GIRLS, 70 (1971)
  • CHICAGO (1972)
  • THE ACT (1978)
  • WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1981)
  • THE RINK (1984)
  • AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND (1991)
  • KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (1992)
  • STEEL PIER (1997)
  • FOSSE (1999)
  • THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (1999)
  • THE VISIT (2001)
  • CURTAINS (2006)
  • THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (2010)


KANDER AND EBB FILMS
  • Cabaret (1972)
  • Chicago (2002)


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
John Kander on Wikipedia
John Kander on Playbill Vault

Shows by John Kander

Family Affair, A
World Goes 'Round, The
Scottsboro Boys