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Fred Ebb

 
Date Of Birth:
April 08, 1933
Date Of Death:
September 11, 2004 (71)
Birth Place:
USA
Bio:
As a writer, lyricist, composer and director, Fred Ebb made incalculable contributions to the New York theatrical community. Mr. Ebb is a Tony, Grammy, Emmy, Olivier and Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award winning recipient. Fred Ebb's first professional songwriting assignment came in ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: April 08, 1933
Date of Death: September 11, 2004 (71)

Birth Place: USA

Bio:
As a writer, lyricist, composer and director, Fred Ebb made incalculable contributions to the New York theatrical community. Mr. Ebb is a Tony, Grammy, Emmy, Olivier and Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award winning recipient. Fred Ebb's first professional songwriting assignment came in ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

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Concert [Off-Off-Broadway], 1973
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[West End, 2021]
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[Broadway, 2015]
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[West End, 2014]
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[Williamstown, MA (Regional), 2014]
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[Broadway, 2014]
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[West End, 2006] [Replacement]
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[Broadway, 1999]
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[Off-Broadway, 1967]
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Fred Ebb Biography

As a writer, lyricist, composer and director, Fred Ebb made incalculable contributions to the New York theatrical community. Mr. Ebb is a Tony, Grammy, Emmy, Olivier and Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award winning recipient. Fred Ebb's first professional songwriting assignment came in 1953 when he and Phil Springer were hired by Columbia Records to write a song for Judy Garland called "Heartbroken." Mr. Ebb was introduced to composer John Kander in 1964 by music publisher Tommy Valando and became one of the most legendary songwriting teams in American history. The first successful collaboration was on the song "My Coloring Book," recorded by Barbra Streisand. Their second theatrical collaboration, Flora, the Red Menace, created a star out of Liza Minnelli in her Tony Award-winning Broadway debut. In 1966, their collaboration Cabaret, opened and received seven Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score. A 1972 movie version of Cabaret starring Liza Minnelli was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won eight awards and was nominated for nine Golden Globe Awards and won three including Best Picture, Musical or Comedy. The same year, the songwriting team wrote a number of songs for Minnelli's television special "Liza With a Z," which received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Program - Variety or Popular Music. In 1975, the two wrote the Broadway musical Chicago, directed by Bob Fosse and starring Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera and Jerry Orbach. The musical was successfully revived 20 years later at City Center ENCORES! and subsequently transferred to Broadway where it is currently the longest running revival in Broadway history. In 1977, the team collaborated with Martin Scorsese on the movie New York, New York; the title song was introduced by Minnelli and later recorded by Frank Sinatra becoming the unofficial theme song of New York City. The Minnelli Broadway vehicle The Act also opened that year. After a four-year absence, Mr. Ebb and Mr. Kander returned with Woman of the Year (1981), The Rink (1984), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (1985) and Steel Pier (1997). They were honored by the Kennedy Center with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. Miramax's 2002 feature film Chicago was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture and was nominated for eight Golden Globe Awards and won three, including Best Picture, Musical or Comedy.

Fred Ebb Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Lyrics
Fred Ebb, The Visit
 
Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Fred Ebb, The Visit
 
Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Music
Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Lyrics
Fred Ebb, Curtains
 
Drama League Awards - 2007 - Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Gold Star
Fred Ebb
 
Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Fred Ebb, Curtains
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1999 - The American Express Tribute Gold Star
Fred Ebb
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Fred Ebb, Steel Pier
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1993 - Best Musical Gold Star
Fred Ebb, Kiss of the Spider Woman
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
Fred Ebb, Kiss of the Spider Woman
 
Tony Awards - 1984 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Fred Ebb, The Rink
 
Tony Awards - 1981 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
Fred Ebb, Woman of the Year
 
Olivier Awards - 1979 - Musical of the Year
Fred Ebb, Chicago
 
Tony Awards - 1978 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Fred Ebb, The Act
 
Tony Awards - 1976 - Best Book of a Musical
Fred Ebb , Chicago
 
Tony Awards - 1976 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Fred Ebb, Chicago
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1969 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
Fred Ebb, Zorba
 
Tony Awards - 1968 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Fred Ebb, The Happy Time
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1967 - Best Musical Gold Star
Fred Ebb, Cabaret
 
Tony Awards - 1967 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
Fred Ebb, Cabaret

Fred Ebb News

Photos: Go Inside the 2022 Fred Ebb Award Ceremony Photo Photos: Go Inside the 2022 Fred Ebb Award Ceremony
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 30, 2022

See photos from the eighteenth annual Fred Ebb Award ceremony. Julia Riew was the recipient of the Fred Ebb Award. The award, named in honor of the late award-winning lyricist Fred Ebb, was presented by Beth Leavel on Monday November 28th from 6-8pm at a by-invitation-only ceremony in the Penthouse Lounge of The American Airlines Theater.

Feature: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude - Day Thirty - The Last Word Photo Feature: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude - Day Thirty - The Last Word
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 30, 2022

Broadway World Cabaret is looking at the Lady, the Legend, THE LAST WORD.

Chita Rivera to Present CHITA: THE RHYTHM OF MY LIFE at Segerstrom Center for the Art Photo Chita Rivera to Present CHITA: THE RHYTHM OF MY LIFE at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2022

 Come celebrate the one and only CHITA RIVERA in a unique concert event CHITA: THE RHYTHM OF MY LIFE for a single performance only on Sunday, December 11 at 2:00pm presented by Segerstrom Center for the Arts at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Review Roundup: KPOP Opens on Broadway! Photo Review Roundup: KPOP Opens on Broadway!
by Review Roundups - Nov 27, 2022

Critics have weighed in on KPOP, starring K-pop superstar Luna as MwE, directed by Teddy Bergman, with a book by Jason Kim, and music and lyrics by Max Vernon. KPOP officially opened on Sunday, November 27th at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

Review: Kander & Ebb's Brilliant, Terrifically Terrifying CABARET at the Asolo Rep Photo Review: Kander & Ebb's Brilliant, Terrifically Terrifying CABARET at the Asolo Rep
by Peter Nason - Nov 25, 2022

It's a technical marvel from all aspects, with an outstanding cast beautifully directed by Josh Rhodes.

Oakland Theater Project Announces Six-Production 2023 Season: HISTORY VS. HOPE Photo Oakland Theater Project Announces Six-Production 2023 Season: HISTORY VS. HOPE
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 21, 2022

Oakland Theater Project has announced its 2023 Season: History vs. Hope, a six-production  lineup featuring groundbreaking new plays, re-mounted classics, and the company's first musical.

Review: CABARET at Asolo Repertory Theatre Photo Review: CABARET at Asolo Repertory Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - Nov 21, 2022

What did our critic think of CABARET at Asolo Repertory Theatre?

Ford's A CHRISTMAS CAROL & More Lead Washington DC's Holiday Top Picks Photo Ford's A CHRISTMAS CAROL & More Lead Washington DC's Holiday Top Picks
by BWW Staff - Nov 21, 2022

Washington, DC is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. Coming up in September are The Color Purple, No Place To Go, Shear Madness and more!

Lana Gordon Returns to CHICAGO Tonight Photo Lana Gordon Returns to CHICAGO Tonight
by Stephi Wild - Nov 21, 2022

The Broadway company of Chicago¬†will welcome¬†back Lana Gordon in the role of ‚ÄúVelma Kelly‚ÄĚ beginning¬†tonight, Monday, November 21, 2022.

Review: QETC Theatre's CABARET at CC Amstel ‚≠źÔłŹ‚≠źÔłŹ‚≠źÔłŹ‚≠źÔłŹ Photo Review: QETC Theatre's CABARET at CC Amstel ‚≠źÔłŹ‚≠źÔłŹ‚≠źÔłŹ‚≠źÔłŹ
by Chantal Kunst - Nov 20, 2022

What did our critic think of QETC Theatre's CABARET at CC Amstel?

Fred Ebb Videos

VIDEO: John Kander Discusses the Origins of 'New York, New York' Videoplay
VIDEO: John Kander Discusses the Origins of 'New York, New York'

by Michael Major - Nov 16, 2022

In a new video preview ahead of New York, New York's premiere on Broadway, John Kander discusses the original song and the process writing it. Kander explains how he and Fred Ebb wrote songs for the film and presented them to Martin Scorsese, Liza Minelli, and Robert DeNiro.

Video: CHICAGO Celebrates 26 Years On Broadway! Videoplay
Video: CHICAGO Celebrates 26 Years On Broadway!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 14, 2022

On Monday, November 14th, the Tony, Olivier, and Grammy Award-winning smash hit musical Chicago celebrated its 26th year as a Broadway institution. Go inside tonight's curtain call as they celebrate their fabulous milestone with a cake! See video of the celebration!

Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda on NEW YORK, NEW YORK- 'I'm Trying to Keep Up with John Kan Videoplay
Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda on NEW YORK, NEW YORK- 'I'm Trying to Keep Up with John Kander'

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 8, 2022

The brand new Kander & Ebb musical, New York, New York, will begin performances on Broadway Friday, March 24, 2023 and officially open Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Broadway's St. James Theatre. Lin-Manuel Miranda is contributing to the new project and he is telling us all about the process in this exclusive video!

Video: Isaac Mizrahi Takes His First Bows In CHICAGO On Broadway Videoplay
Video: Isaac Mizrahi Takes His First Bows In CHICAGO On Broadway

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 7, 2022

Fashion designer, media personality, and cabaret star, Isaac Mizrahi has taken his first bows as Amos Hart in CHICAGO on Broadway! Mizrahi is playing a three-week limited engagement through November 26 at the Ambassador Theatre. See video of his opening night curtain call!

VIDEO: Angelica Ross and Brandon Victor Dixon Take First Bows in CHICAGO Videoplay
VIDEO: Angelica Ross and Brandon Victor Dixon Take First Bows in CHICAGO

by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 13, 2022

Last night, September 12, Angelica Ross ('Pose,' 'American Horror Story') made her Broadway debut in the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago.  Also joining the company on Monday were Brandon Victor Dixon in the role of 'Billy Flynn' and Amra-Faye Wright who returned to the role of 'Velma Kelly'. Check out video of their first curtain call!

VIDEO: Go Inside the Recreation of Mein Herr's Original Choreography for CABARET at G Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside the Recreation of Mein Herr's Original Choreography for CABARET at Goodspeed

by Stage Tube - Jun 8, 2022

See how choreographer Lainie Sakakura reconstructed Bob Fosse's original choreography for 'Mein Herr' from the 1972 film for Goodspeed Musicals' production of Cabaret.

WATCH: Hannah Corneau Stars in 'Getting Closer' Music Video Videoplay
WATCH: Hannah Corneau Stars in 'Getting Closer' Music Video

by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 3, 2022

Songwriting team Will Reynolds and Eric Price, winners of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Writing, have released of a music video for their song ‚ÄúGetting Closer‚ÄĚ from their forthcoming musical Radioactive, performed by Hannah Corneau (Wicked).

VIDEO: Get A First Look At 'Mein Herr' From CABARET at Goodspeed Featuring Original F Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At 'Mein Herr' From CABARET at Goodspeed Featuring Original Fosse Choreography

by Stage Tube - Jun 2, 2022

Get a first look at the company in action as Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its first full season of musicals since 2019 with the spring production of Kander and Ebb's dazzling and daring classic, Cabaret.

VIDEO: First Look At Jelani Remy & More In CABARET at Goodspeed Musicals Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look At Jelani Remy & More In CABARET at Goodspeed Musicals

by Stage Tube - May 18, 2022

Get a first look at the company in action as Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its first full season of musicals since 2019 with the spring production of Kander and Ebb's dazzling and daring classic, Cabaret.

VIDEO: Jelani Remy Sings CABARET at Goodspeed Musicals Videoplay
VIDEO: Jelani Remy Sings CABARET at Goodspeed Musicals

by Stage Tube - May 2, 2022

Get a first look at the company in action as Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its first full season of musicals since 2019 with the spring production of Kander and Ebb's dazzling and daring classic, Cabaret.


Fred Ebb Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Fred Ebb written?
Fred Ebb has written 34 shows including By Jupiter (Additional Material), Put It in Writing (Material), Morning Sun (Bookwriter), Flora, the Red Menace (Lyricist), Go Fly a Kite (Lyricist), Cabaret (Lyricist), The Happy Time (Lyricist), Zorba (Lyricist), 70, Girls, 70 (Bookwriter), An Evening with Fred Ebb and John Kander (Lyricist), Liza (Bookwriter), Chicago (Bookwriter), Shirley MacLaine (Bookwriter), 2 by 5 (Lyricist), The Act (Lyricist), The Madwoman of Central Park West (Lyricist), Woman of the Year (Lyricist), The Rink (Lyricist), Diamonds (Lyricist), How Lucky Can You Get? (Lyricist), And the World Goes 'Round (Lyricist), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Lyricist), Steel Pier (Lyricist), Over and Over (Lyricist), Fosse (Lyricist), Minnelli on Minnelli (Bookwriter), The Visit (Lyricist), Barbara Cook's Broadway! (Lyricist), Curtains (Lyricist), Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Lyricist), First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb (Lyricist), The Scottsboro Boys (Lyricist), Come Fly Away (Lyricist), New York, New York (Lyrics).

What awards has Fred Ebb been nominated for?
Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Visit , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Visit , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Scottsboro Boys , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Scottsboro Boys , Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for The Scottsboro Boys , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Curtains , Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards) , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Curtains , The American Express Tribute (Helen Hayes Awards) for , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Steel Pier , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Kiss of the Spider Woman , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Kiss of the Spider Woman , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Rink , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Woman of the Year , Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Chicago , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Act , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Chicago , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Chicago , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Zorba , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Happy Time Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Cabaret and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Cabaret .

What awards has Fred Ebb won?
Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Scottsboro Boys, Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards), The American Express Tribute (Helen Hayes Awards) for , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Kiss of the Spider Woman, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Kiss of the Spider Woman, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Woman of the Year, Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Zorba Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Cabaretand Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Cabaret.