John Kander

Composer, Music arranger, Conductor
Since the early 1960s, John Kander and Fred Ebb have been on the forefront of American musical theater. While many of their contemporary songwriting teams (i.e., Bock and Harnick, Strouse and Adams) long ago abandoned ... Read more »
Born: 03/18/1927 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Music (65)

Spectre 2015 (Movie)

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

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)

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)

(Music)

Death to Smoochy 2002 (Movie)

("Cabaret") (Song)

From Broadway: Fosse 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Music

Loser 2000 (Movie)

("Cabaret") (Song)

Bitva o Zivot 1999 (Movie)

("Tomorrow Belongs to Me") (Song)

Cincinnati Pops Holiday: Love Is in the Air 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music

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)

Music

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)

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

Music

Stepping Out 1991 (Movie)

("Stepping Out") (Music)

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)

I Want to Go Back Home 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Sing 1989 (Movie)

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

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

Music

The Thorns 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Baryshnikov on Broadway 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

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)

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

Mama Malone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Places in the Heart 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Starman 1984 (Movie)

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

Blue Skies Again 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Still of the Night 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Tempest 1982 (Movie)

("New York New York") (Song)

They All Laughed 1981 (Movie)

("New York New York") (Song)

Kramer vs. Kramer 1979 (Movie)

Music Adaptation("Sonata For Trumpet and Strings 2. Adagio 3. Presto The Gordian Knot Untied 3. Rondo Minuet") (Music)

New York, New York 1977 (Movie)

(Song)

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)

(Music)

Cabaret 1972 (Movie)

(Song)

Something For Everyone 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

An Early Frost (TV Show)

Music

Breathing Lessons (TV Show)

Music

Gypsy (TV Show)

Music Arranger

Soldier's Girl (TV Show)

Song

The Boys Next Door (TV Show)

Music
Actor (3)

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

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

Interviewee
Writer (3)

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

Writer

Three For the Girls 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Writer

Liza With a Z 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (2)

Superheroes 2006 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Shoot First: A Cop's Vengeance (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

Since the early 1960s, John Kander and Fred Ebb have been on the forefront of American musical theater. While many of their contemporary songwriting teams (i.e., Bock and Harnick, Strouse and Adams) long ago abandoned their collaborations, Kander and Ebb have continued to surprise and entertain. Despite odd choices for musical comedy settings (Weimar Germany, a murder trial, marathon dances), their work generally has one driving element: entertainment. Both as a thematic device and a subject, show business and its pleasures are the goals of most of the heroes and heroines of their musicals. It may be an escapist fantasy (as in "Kiss of the Spider Woman") or the professions of the main characters (as in "Woman of the Year"). Whatever the case, Kander composes appropriately bouncy up-tempo numbers and lilting ballads married to Ebb's witty, sometimes caustic, lyrics.

Relationships

Harold Kander

Father

Bernice Kander

Mother

EDUCATION

Oberlin College

Oberlin , Ohio 1951
Began composing music for college productions

Columbia University

New York , New York 1954

Milestones

2011

Final collaboration with Ebb, composing the music for "The Scottsboro Boys"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Original Score

2006

With Ebb composed the score for the Broadway musical, "Curtains"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Original Score

2003

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

1997

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

1996

Scored a revised version of "Chicago" on Broadway

1996

Wrote score for TV-movie "The Boys Next Door", directed by John Erman

1994

Scored the John Erman directed TV-movie, "Breathing Lessons" (CBS)

1992

Scored a revised version of "Kiss of the Spider Woman," starring Rivera; earned third Tony Award for Best Score (shared with Ebb)

1991

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

1991

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"

1988

Wrote special material for the ABC special, "Liza Minnelli in Sam Found Out: A Triple Play"

1988

Wrote special musical material for "The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation"

1985

Scored the groundbreaking TV-movie, "An Early Frost" (NBC); first collaboration with director John Erman

1984

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

1984

Composed the score for the musical, "The Rink," starring Minnelli and Chita Rivera

1982

Scored Robert Benton's "Still of the Night"

1981

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

1979

Created the musical score for Robert Benton's Oscar-winning film, "Kramer vs. Kramer"

1978

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

1977

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

1975

Composed the songs (with lyrics by Ebb) for the film, "Lucky Lady," starring Minnelli

1975

Wrote the score (with Ebb) for the hit Broadway musical "Chicago," directed by Fosse

1975

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

1972

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

1972

Created special material for the Bob Fosse TV special, "Liza with a Z" (NBC)

1968

Scored first motion picture, the Harold Prince directed, "Something for Everyone"

1968

Collaborated with Ebb for the musical, "The Happy End"

1966

Won first Tony for scoring the musical, "Cabaret"; again collaborated with lyricist Fred Ebb

1965

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

1962

Met and began collaborating with lyricist Fred Ebb

1962

Composed score for the Broadway musical, "A Family Affair"; book and lyrics by William and James Goldman

1959

Arranged dance music for the Broadway musical, "Gypsy"

1957

Served as conductor on the musical, "Conversation Piece"

1956

Was a pianist for the NY stage productions of "The Amazing Adele" and "An Evening With Beatrice Lillie"

Served as choral director and conductor at the Warwick Musical Theatre in Rhode Island

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1991.

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Kander and Ebb have the dubious distinction of being part of the creative team of the only two musicals to be nominated for 11 Tony Awards without a single win: the original production of "Chicago" in 1975 and "Steel Pier" in 1997.

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