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Fred Ebb

 
Date Of Death:
September 11, 2004 (???)
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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John Kander and Fred Ebb's plaque Photo

John Kander and Fred Ebb's plaque

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06/27/2012

 

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Performances
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Concert [Off-Off-Broadway], 1973
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Productions

[West End, 2021]
Lyrics

[Broadway, 2015]
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[West End, 2014]
Music and Lyrics

[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

Hangar Theatre Mainstage Returns To The Indoor Niederkorn Stage With CABARET! Photo Hangar Theatre Mainstage Returns To The Indoor Niederkorn Stage With CABARET!
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 21, 2022

The Hangar Theater has announced the upcoming production of Cabaret.  One of the most successful stage productions of all time, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff, Cabaret tells the story of the Kit Kat Club's  provocative performers, curious audience members, and mysterious Master of Ceremonies during the dawning of the Nazi era in Berlin, Germany.

MJ, PARADISE SQUARE, TICK, TICK...BOOM! and More Win 2022 Chita Rivera Awards Photo MJ, PARADISE SQUARE, TICK, TICK...BOOM! and More Win 2022 Chita Rivera Awards
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 20, 2022

Winners for the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards were announced this evening. In keeping with the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards, nominators considered outstanding choreography, featured dancers, and ensemble in shows on Broadway and Off Broadway, as well as outstanding choreography in film that opened pre-Covid as well as in the 2021-2022 season.

Emma Pittman Extends Run as Roxie Hart in CHICAGO Photo Emma Pittman Extends Run as Roxie Hart in CHICAGO
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 20, 2022

Emma Pittman has taken to Instagram to share that she will be continuing to star as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway for another week! Check out her post here!

Cygnet Theatre Announces Tony Award-Winning CABARET Photo Cygnet Theatre Announces Tony Award-Winning CABARET
by Stephi Wild - Jun 20, 2022

Cygnet Theatre has announced the cast and creative team for the remount of one of its best selling hit musicals, Cabaret.

ArtsCentric Announces 2022/2023 Season Of Reimagined Works, Remounts, And More! Photo ArtsCentric Announces 2022/2023 Season Of Reimagined Works, Remounts, And More!
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 15, 2022

ArtsCentric is a color-conscious organization committed to reexamining traditional roles in the arts, advancing original stories of minority cultures, and fostering educational advancement to strengthen the community through the power of theatre.

Charlotte d'Amboise and Bianca Marroquín to Host the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards Photo Charlotte d'Amboise and Bianca Marroquín to Host the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 15, 2022

Charlotte d’Amboise (Chicago; A Chorus Line) and Bianca Marroquín (Chicago; Fosse/Verdon) will host the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards, it was announced today.

CABARET Will Hold Performance in Aid of the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Hum Photo CABARET Will Hold Performance in Aid of the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal
by Stephi Wild - Jun 15, 2022

The performance of the multi-Olivier Award winning CABARET at the Kit Kat Club on Thursday 14 July will be held in aid of the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. 

Peterborough Players Opens Season With Bold And Daring Musical CABARET Photo Peterborough Players Opens Season With Bold And Daring Musical CABARET
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 14, 2022

The Players' stage comes roaring back to life with Cabaret, the daring, bold, and provocative classic musical, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and a book by Joe Masteroff. This celebrated, show-stopping, musical masterpiece is the first mainstage Players' production to return indoors since February of 2020. Cabaret opens on Thursday, June 23rd and runs until Sunday, July 3rd.

Photos: First Look at Jennifer Holliday, Emma Pittman, and Lana Gordon in CHICAGO Photo Photos: First Look at Jennifer Holliday, Emma Pittman, and Lana Gordon in CHICAGO
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2022

All new production photos have been released of¬†Jennifer Holliday¬†as ‚ÄúMatron Mama Morton‚ÄĚ and¬†Emma Pittman¬†as ‚ÄúRoxie Hart‚ÄĚ in Chicago,¬†Broadway‚Äôs longest running American musical, now celebrating it‚Äôs 25th¬†year on Broadway.

MTC Announces Summer Cabaret Series of Broadway and NYC Talent Photo MTC Announces Summer Cabaret Series of Broadway and NYC Talent
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2022

Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC), Fairfield County's professional award-winning theatre, announces the return of its summer cabaret series, MTC’s Hot Summer Nights.

Fred Ebb Videos

VIDEO: Go Inside the Recreation of Mein Herr's Original Choreography for CABARET at G VideoVIDEO: 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 VideoWATCH: 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 VideoVIDEO: 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 VideoVIDEO: 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 VideoVIDEO: 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.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Jelani Remy Led CABARET at Goodspeed Musicals VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Jelani Remy Led CABARET at Goodspeed Musicals
by Stage Tube - Apr 27, 2022

Go inside rehearsals 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: Pamela Anderson Talks Joining CHICAGO on THE VIEW VideoVIDEO: Pamela Anderson Talks Joining CHICAGO on THE VIEW
by Michael Major - Apr 5, 2022

Pamela Anderson sat down with the women of The View this morning to discuss her upcoming Broadway debut in Chicago on Broadway. Anderson will play the role of Roxie Hart for an 8-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre. Watch the new interview now!

VIDEO: Pamela Anderson Talks CHICAGO Debut on GOOD MORNING AMERICA VideoVIDEO: Pamela Anderson Talks CHICAGO Debut on GOOD MORNING AMERICA
by Michael Major - Mar 23, 2022

Pamela Anderson appeared on Good Morning America this morning to discuss making her Broadway debut as Roxie in Chicago. Anderson reveals that her experience stepping into the role will be featured in her upcoming two-part documentary with Netflix. She also discusses taking on the iconic choreography, how she relates to the role, and more.

VIDEO: First Look at CHICAGO in Brazil! VideoVIDEO: First Look at CHICAGO in Brazil!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 28, 2022

The Tony Award-winning, record-breaking musical¬†CHICAGO¬†opened this week in Brazil for a limited engagement at Teatro Santander through May 29, 2022. This Portuguese-language production stars¬†Emanuelle Ara√ļjo¬†as Velma Kelly,¬†Carol Costa¬†as Roxie Hart and Tony Award winner¬†Paulo Szot¬†as Billy Flynn, who recently starred in the Broadway production.

CHICAGO Announces 25th Anniversary Celebration Events! VideoCHICAGO Announces 25th Anniversary Celebration Events!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 15, 2021

Chicago will celebrate 25 years on Broadway tomorrow Tuesday, November 16th at 6:30PM with a very special performance. Beginning at 5PM on the TKTS Red Steps in Times Square the Brooklyn United Marching Band will march to 49th Street playing Kander & Ebb music. The Ambassador Theatre will be lit in red with a star-studded red carpet. 


Fred Ebb Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Fred Ebb written?
Fred Ebb has written 33 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).

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.