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John Kander

 
Date Of Birth:
March 18, 1927 (95)
Birth Place:
USA
Bio:
American composer John Kander (b. Kansas City, MO, March 18, 1927) is the musical partner of the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb, who together created at least sixteen Broadway shows, Flora the Red Menace (1965), Cabaret (1966), Chicago (1975), and Curtains (2007) among them. They also ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: March 18, 1927 (95)

Birth Place: USA

Bio:
American composer John Kander (b. Kansas City, MO, March 18, 1927) is the musical partner of the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb, who together created at least sixteen Broadway shows, Flora the Red Menace (1965), Cabaret (1966), Chicago (1975), and Curtains (2007) among them. They also ... (read complete bio)

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

 
[West End, 2021]
Music
 
[Broadway, 2015]
Music
 
[West End, 2014]
Music and Lyrics
 
[Williamstown, MA (Regional), 2014]
Music
 
[Broadway, 2014]
Music and Lyrics
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Dance Music Arranger
 
[West End, 2006] [Replacement]
Music[Replacement]
 
[Broadway, 2003]
Dance Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1993]
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1991]
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1989]
Dance Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1974]
Dance Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1962]
Composer
 
[US Tour, 1962]
Dance Music
 
[Broadway, 1960]
Dance Music
 
[Broadway, 1959]
Rehearsal Pianist
Dance Music Arranger
 
[West End, 1958]
Dance Music

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Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
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John Kander Biography

American composer John Kander (b. Kansas City, MO, March 18, 1927) is the musical partner of the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb, who together created at least sixteen Broadway shows, Flora the Red Menace (1965), Cabaret (1966), Chicago (1975), and Curtains (2007) among them. They also contributed material to fourteen films and television specials over their forty-year association. Independently John Kander supplied the scores to many films, including Something For Everyone (1970), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Places in the Heart (1984), and Billy Bathgate (1991).

John Kander Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Music
John Kander, The Visit
 
Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
John Kander, The Visit
 
Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
John Kander, The Scottsboro Boys
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Lyrics
John Kander, Curtains
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Music
John Kander, Curtains
 
Drama League Awards - 2007 - Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Gold Star
John Kander
 
Olivier Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Musical Production
John Kander, Cabaret
 
Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
John Kander, Curtains
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1999 - The American Express Tribute Gold Star
John Kander
 
Olivier Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Musical Production Gold Star
John Kander, Chicago
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Music
John Kander, Steel Pier
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
John Kander, Steel Pier
 
Olivier Awards - 1994 - Best Musical Revival
John Kander, Cabaret
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1993 - Outstanding Music
John Kander , Kiss of the Spider Woman
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1993 - Best Musical Gold Star
John Kander, Kiss of the Spider Woman
 
Olivier Awards - 1993 - The American Express Award for Best New Musical
John Kander, Kiss Of The Spider Woman
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
John Kander, Kiss of the Spider Woman
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
John Kander, Kiss of the Spider Woman
 
Tony Awards - 1984 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
John Kander, The Rink
 
Tony Awards - 1981 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
John Kander, Woman of the Year
 
Olivier Awards - 1979 - Musical of the Year
John Kander, Chicago
 
Tony Awards - 1978 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
John Kander, The Act
 
Tony Awards - 1976 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
John Kander, Chicago
 
Tony Awards - 1968 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
John Kander, The Happy Time
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1967 - Best Musical Gold Star
John Kander, Cabaret
 
Tony Awards - 1967 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
John Kander, Cabaret

John Kander News

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?

Photos: See Julianna Margulies, Phillipa Soo & More at MCC Theater's Season Kick-Off  Photo Photos: See Julianna Margulies, Phillipa Soo & More at MCC Theater's Season Kick-Off Party
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 21, 2022

See photos from MCC Theater's season kick-off party celebrating their current lineup of programming this year.

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 “Velma Kelly” beginning tonight, Monday, November 21, 2022.

Review: A Dazzling, Haunting, and Relevant CABARET Opens at Asolo Repertory Theatre Photo Review: A Dazzling, Haunting, and Relevant CABARET Opens at Asolo Repertory Theatre
by Drew Eberhard - Nov 20, 2022

Saturday’s opening night crowd was all a buzz as they stepped into the halls of the Asolo Repertory Theatre for the opening of their 2022/2023 season. Their season opener being the stunningly beautiful, sexy, and haunting work of Kander & Ebb, and a production none other than Cabaret. This was my first experience at the Asolo, and after what I saw Saturday night, I will be back again and again. First off, let me start by saying that there is truly nothing like sitting in an audience of 400+, with everyone sharing the same excitement, all leading up to the moment the lights descend and we are plunged head first into a world much different from our own, but also very similar all the same.

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

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

Review: CHICAGO at National Theatre Photo Review: CHICAGO at National Theatre
by David Friscic - Nov 17, 2022

It is no secret why the musical Chicago, now playing at the National Theatre, is such a long-running hit lauded by the public and critics alike. It is the ultimate in cynical musicals and will be applauded as long as “the world goes round” with avarice, immorality, and greed.

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

Loxen Productions Brings CABARET To Miami Photo Loxen Productions Brings CABARET To Miami
by Stephi Wild - Nov 16, 2022

Loxen Productions will begin their 2023 season with the provocative, award-winning musical Cabaret at the historic ARTime Theater. The production will run for a limited time, starting January 6 through January 15, with performances running from Friday to Sunday. Ticket prices begin at $35 and are on sale now.

John Kander 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.

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.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Jelani Remy Led CABARET at Goodspeed Musicals Videoplay
VIDEO: 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.


John Kander Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has John Kander written?
John Kander has written 33 shows including A Family Affair (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Flora, the Red Menace (Composer), Go Fly a Kite (Composer), Cabaret (Composer), The Happy Time (Composer), Zorba (Composer), 70, Girls, 70 (Composer), An Evening with Fred Ebb and John Kander (Composer), Liza (Composer), Chicago (Composer), 2 by 5 (Composer), The Act (Composer), Joe Masiell Not at the Palace (Material), The Madwoman of Central Park West (Composer), Woman of the Year (Composer), The Rink (Composer), Diamonds (Composer), How Lucky Can You Get? (Composer), And the World Goes 'Round (Composer), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Composer), Steel Pier (Composer), Over and Over (Composer), Fosse (Composer), The Visit (Composer), Curtains (Lyricist), Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Composer), First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb (Composer), The Scottsboro Boys (Composer), Come Fly Away (Composer), The Landing (Composer), Kid Victory (Music, Story), The Beast in the Jungle (Composer), New York, New York (Music).

What awards has John Kander been nominated for?
Outstanding Music (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 Curtains , Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Curtains , Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards) , Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Cabaret , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Curtains , The American Express Tribute (Helen Hayes Awards) for , Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Chicago , Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Steel Pier , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Steel Pier , Best Musical Revival (Olivier Awards) for Cabaret , Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Kiss of the Spider Woman , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Kiss of the Spider Woman , The American Express Award for Best New Musical (Olivier 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 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 Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Chicago , 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 John Kander won?
Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards), The American Express Tribute (Helen Hayes Awards) for , Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Chicago, 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 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.