Fred Ebb

Lyricist, Screenwriter, Librettist
In the annals of theatrical collaborations, there have been many songwriting partnerships, including Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bock and Harnick, Strouse and Adams and Kander and Ebb. For the last four ... Read more »
Born: 04/08/1932 in New York City, New York, USA


Music (55)

Gone Girl 2014 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

The Other Woman 2014 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

A Good Day to Die Hard 2013 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

Friends with Benefits 2011 (Movie)

("New York, New York (FWB Remix)") (Song)

Moneyball 2011 (Movie)

("New York New York") (Song)

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

Shame 2011 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

Burlesque 2010 (Movie)

("Sitting Pretty") (Song)

War, Inc. 2008 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

Lucky You 2007 (Movie)

("Maybe This Time") (Song)

Chestnut: Hero of Central Park 2006 (Movie)

("New York, New York" (theme)) (Song)

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 2005 (Movie)

("Cabaret") (Song)

Connie and Carla 2004 (Movie)

("Maybe This Time") (Song)

Le Divorce 2003 (Movie)

("Money Makes the World Go Round") (Song)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)


Death to Smoochy 2002 (Movie)

("Cabaret") (Song)

From Broadway: Fosse 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Loser 2000 (Movie)

("Cabaret") (Song)

Bitva o Zivot 1999 (Movie)

("Tomorrow Belongs to Me") (Song)

Mystery, Alaska 1999 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

("Theme from 'New York, New York'") (Song)

The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Love! Valour! Compassion! 1997 (Movie)

("Willkommen") (Song)

A Life Apart: Hasidism in America 1995 (Movie)

("New York New York") (Song)

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

("Nobody Doesn't Like Sara Lee") (Song)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Stepping Out 1991 (Movie)

("Stepping Out") (Song)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan 1989 (Movie)

("Theme From 'New York, New York'") (Song)

Sing 1989 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


The Thorns 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Who's That Girl 1987 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

Highlander 1986 (Movie)

("New York New York") (Song)

Bring on the Night 1985 (Movie)

("New York New York") (Song)

Lost in America 1985 (Movie)

("New York New York) (Song)

Transylvania 6-5000 1985 (Movie)

("Transylvania 6-5000") (Song)

Mama Malone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Starman 1984 (Movie)

("Theme From New York New York") (Song)

Tempest 1982 (Movie)

("New York New York") (Song)

They All Laughed 1981 (Movie)

("New York New York") (Song)

New York, New York 1977 (Movie)


A Matter of Time 1975 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Funny Lady 1975 (Movie)

songs("How Lucky Can You Get" "Let's Hear It For Me" "I Like Him/Her") (Song)

Lucky Lady 1975 (Movie)

songs("Get While the Gettin' Is Good" "Lucky Lady") (Song)

Cabaret 1972 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Cabaret 1972 (Movie)


Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Soldier's Girl (TV Show)

Actor (6)

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Funny 1989 (Movie)

Songwriter (Actor)

Standing Room Only: Liza in London 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Writer (5)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

(from musical play: "Chicago") (Source Material)

Baryshnikov on Broadway 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Three For the Girls 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Liza With a Z 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Producer (2)

Liza Minnelli in Sam Found Out: A Triple Play 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Goldie and Liza Together 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director (1)

Liza Minnelli Live! From Radio City Music Hall 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)



In the annals of theatrical collaborations, there have been many songwriting partnerships, including Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bock and Harnick, Strouse and Adams and Kander and Ebb. For the last four decades, Kander and Ebb have been creating successful stage musicals with the dominant theme of entertainment, whether in the nightclubs of Weimar Germany ("Cabaret"), a court of law ("Chicago"), the imagination of a prisoner ("Kiss of the Spider Woman") or the dance marathons of the Depression ("Steel Pier"). The welding of Ebb's wry, witty and sometimes biting lyrics to Kander's mournful ballads and brassy showstoppers has resulted in several contemporary classics, notably the title song from "Cabaret".


Harry Ebb


Anna Evelyn Ebb



New York University

New York , New York 1955

Columbia University

New York , New York 1957



Final collaboration with Kander before his death, composed the music for "The Scottsboro Boys"; earned a Tony nomination


With Kander wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical, "Curtains"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Original Score


Received a Grammy nomination for his work on the feature adaptation of "Chicago"


Directed and wrote Liza Minnelli's comeback stage vehicle, "Minnelli on Minnelli"


With Kander, wrote the music for Broadway's "Steel Pier"


Wrote songs for the revised version of "Chicago" on Broadway


Wrote songs for the revised version of "Kiss of the Spider Woman," starring Rivera; earned third Tony Award for Best Score (shared with Kander)


Contributed special material to "Liza Minnelli: Stepping Out at Radio City"; later aired on PBS under the title "Liza Minnelli Live! From Radio City Music Hall"


A collection his songs with Kander was showcased in the off-Broadway musical revue, "And the World Goes 'Round"


Contributed special material to Rivera's nightclub act


Was one of the executive producers and wrote one sketch for "Liza Minnelli in Sam Found Out: A Triple Play" (ABC)


Wrote lyrics for the musical, "The Rink," starring Minnelli and Chita Rivera


With Kander, wrote the theme music for the CBS sitcom, "Mama Malone"


Won second Tony for creating the score for the stage adaptation of "Woman of the Year"


Directed and served as a producer for "Liza in Concert at Carnegie Hall"


Wrote lyrics for "The Act," starring Minnelli and directed by Scorsese


Co-wrote with Kander, the song "New York, New York" for Martin Scorsese's film musical starring Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro


With composer Cy Coleman, produced Shirley MacLaine's TV special, "Gypsy in My Soul"


Earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for "How Lucky Can You Get?" from "Funny Lady"; shared nomination with Kander


Wrote the book (with Kander) for the hit Broadway musical "Chicago," directed by Fosse


Was one of the writers on the TV special, "Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra" (NBC)


Wrote one-act of the TV special, "Three For the Girls" (CBS)


Made debut as a producer with the Bob Fosse TV special, "Liza with a Z" (NBC)


Collaborated with Kander to write new songs for Bob Fosse's feature adaptation of "Cabaret," starring Liza Minnelli


Provided special material for Minnelli's NBC TV special, "Liza"


Created lyrics for "Zorba," adapted from the film "Zorba the Greek"


Wrote lyrics for "The Happy Time," starring Robert Goulet


Revised book for revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical, "By Jupiter"


Won first Tony for the musical, "Cabaret"; again collaborated with composer John Kander


First stage musical with Kander, "Flora, the Red Menace"; also first collaboration with Liza Minnelli


Wrote book and lyircs for the stage musical, "Morning Sun"


Met and began collaborating with John Kander


Collaborated with Jerry Herman on songs for the Broadway revue, "A to Z"


Collaborated with Phil Springer on the song, "I Never Loved Him Anyhow"


First theatrical writing job, co-wrote the lyrics for the musical revue, "Baker's Dozen"

Bonus Trivia


Sources vary on Mr. Ebb's year of birth: some list 1932, others 1933, while others 1936.


In 1991, Kander and Ebb were inducted into the Theatre Hall.


Kander and Ebb have the dubious distinction of having created the only two musicals nominated for 11 Tony Awards which did not win a single award: the 1975 production of "Chicago" and 1997's "Steel Pier."