Favorite Kander and Ebb song

luvcaroline
Leading Actor
joined:10/19/05
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/10/13 at 09:33pm
Tomorrow (9/11) is the anniversary of Fred Ebb's death. I thought it would be interesting to hear what everyone's favorite song(s) by this incredible team are. I'll start it out with the obvious:

Cabaret - this is the quintessential 11 o'clock number. It says everything you need to know about Sally Bowles in one amazing song. This is a true American Standard.

Next, in no particular order:
Maybe This Time
And the World Goes 'Round
Go Back Home
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/10/13 at 09:44pm
I'd argue that my favorite Kander & Ebb song "What Would You Do?" is the true 11 o'clock number of "Cabaret". The character of Fraulein Schneider represents most people at large during this time (I think there is a common misconception that everyone was either a Nazi or a member of a persecuted group), Her song poses the essential question most people were faced with, simply what to do. (I for one cannot fathom what it must have been like being caught in the middle).
"Cabaret" is Sally's answer to "What Would You Do?".

My other favorite songs:

"Maybe This Time"
"New York, New York" (ever since I heard it when I was three or four at a dance recital, I knew it was about a magical place)
"All That Jazz" (one of the best openings of a musical that I ever saw)
henrikegerman
Broadway Legend
joined:4/29/05
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/10/13 at 09:44pm
"Sing Happy"
GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/10/13 at 09:49pm
The entire Cabaret score
Ring Them Bells
We Both Reached for the Gun
Go Back Home
Show People

I think I might like them better than Sondheim. :)
I leave the room smiling.
CurtainsUpat8
Understudy
joined:6/1/13
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/10/13 at 09:51pm
I always loved "My Own Space"

Others would be

I Don't Remember You
Dear One
A Quiet Thing

Updated On: 9/10/13 at 09:51 PM
best12bars
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/05
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/10/13 at 09:53pm
The Money Song - film version of Cabaret
"Jaws is the Citizen Kane of movies."
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jv92
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/05
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/10/13 at 09:55pm
"But the World Goes 'Round"

"A Quiet Thing"

"Class"

I think it's such a cliche to say, "New York, New York" as well, but it's just one of *those* songs that seems like it wasn't even written. It's as natural as breathing. (Of course, it was written, and took time and effort.) I admire it, too.

I LOVE K&E!
JBroadway
Leading Actor
joined:4/6/12
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/10/13 at 10:24pm
Some of my favorites are:
I Don't Remember You from the Happy Time
Rain from All About Us
Go Back Home from the Scottsboro Boys
Mister Cellophane from Chicago
Married from Cabaret

"Married" is the most under-appreciated song in that score in my opinion
chewy5000
Broadway Legend
joined:12/1/09
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/10/13 at 10:24pm
I'm particularly partial to "I wrote the book", and "Running in place"
IMHO I see Queenie as being more of a brunette...
luvcaroline
Leading Actor
joined:10/19/05
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/10/13 at 10:33pm
I know what you mean, jv92. It's like that song has always existed, which is one of the reasons that it's so perfect.

I'm very happy to see "Ring Them Bells" mentioned. "Liza With a Z" is one of my all time favorite TV specials. Such a great lyric.
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/10/13 at 11:08pm
Hit It, Lorraine (70, Girls, 70)
darquegk
Broadway Legend
joined:2/5/09
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/10/13 at 11:21pm
Though its history post-creation may be spotted and somewhat unfortunate, "Tomorrow Belongs To Me" is another song that seems to defy writership. The sheer fact that a fake German nationalist ballad, written by two gay Jews, is popularly considered to be a genuine Nazi pride anthem or ancient folk song shows how skilled Kander and Ebb were with Broadway melody and European sound palettes.
Wynbish
Broadway Legend
joined:4/27/12
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/10/13 at 11:56pm
Sing Happy

My Coloring Book

Class

I Don't Care Much
WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel
Broadway Legend
joined:5/26/05
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/11/13 at 12:03am
Dressing Them Up

Angel's Rink and Social Center

Funny Honey

First You Dream

What Would You Do?
Marie: Don't be in such a hurry about that pretty little chippy in Frisco. Tony: Eh, she's a no chip!
JayG
Chorus Member
joined:1/2/05
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/11/13 at 12:17am
Seeing Things

I Don't Remember You

Life Is

What Would You Do

Unafraid

michellek45
Leading Actor
joined:5/20/11
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/11/13 at 01:15am
Can't believe no one has mentioned "Walking Among My Yesterdays" from The Happy Time yet. It's at the top of any favorite song list for me. After that, I'd put "Married," "Marry Me," "Cell Block Tango," and "Go Back Home."
broadwaybabytn
Broadway Star
joined:12/30/10
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/11/13 at 01:34am
Married
Commencing in Chattanooga
But the World Goes 'Round
We Both Reached for the Gun
aasjb4ever
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/09
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/11/13 at 02:00am
The arrangement of The Money Tree/Maybe This Time from First You Dream absolutely slays me. Wonderful.
What a colossal piece of crap! It'll probably run for years.
N2N Nate.
Broadway Star
joined:7/11/13
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/11/13 at 09:19am
Show People.
So Lauren Bacall me, anything goes! *wink*
sondheimboy2
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/11/13 at 10:20am
All the ones that you all have mentioned, plus:

"She's a Woman" from "Kiss of the Spider Woman"

and an under-appreciated gem from "Flora, the Red Menace" called "Express Yourself"
"A coherent existance after so many years of muddle" - Desiree' Armfelt, A Little Night Music "Life keeps happening everyday, Say Yes" - 70, Girls, 70 "Life is what you do while you're waiting to die" - Zorba
logan2
Leading Actor
joined:6/15/04
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/11/13 at 10:44am
I've always loved "It's the Strangest Thing" and "The Money Tree" from THE ACT.

Updated On: 9/11/13 at 10:44 AM
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/11/13 at 10:56am
And the World Goes Round
Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
The Money Tree
City Lights
First You Dream
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Life Is
The Happy Time
Please Stay
....but the world goes 'round
jv92
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/05
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/11/13 at 10:57am
I think "The Money Tree" is great, and "Maybe This Time", too, but of all their "screamers" (as they called them), "The World Goes 'Round" is my favorite-- and perhaps the most profound of all of them.

No one has mentioned, "Say Yes" either. That song ALWAYS makes me feel better. ALWAYS. Liza once said, "The greatest thing about Kander and Ebb is that you sing their songs...and you feel better." I think that's true. They wrote dark shows, they wrote wonderfully for some pretty strange characters. But they wrote TRUE optimism. Realistic optimism. And they're wonderful.
BewareTheUndertoad
Chorus Member
joined:4/26/13
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/11/13 at 11:15am
I'm also a big fan of "Yes" (although I prefer the Liza arrangement) and "Sing Happy" from Flora.

Also, "Where You Are" from Kiss of the Spiderwoman.
SonofRobbieJ
Broadway Legend
joined:12/10/09
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/11/13 at 11:16am
I choose Colored Lights.
eperkins
Leading Actor
joined:5/21/07
Favorite Kander and Ebb song
Posted: 9/11/13 at 02:18pm
Very odd, but I came out of "Big Fish" with the song "I Don't Remember You" from The Happy Time in my head. Don't know why, and I had not heard the song in literally years. When I got home from the theatre I found the song on YouTube and played it.

Is there a song in "Big Fish" that sounds like "I Don't Remember You?"

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