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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)

Stage Credits

  [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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Photos

John Kander, Karen Mason Photo

John Kander, Karen Mason

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John Kander, Karen Mason, Karen Ziemba Photo

John Kander, Karen Mason, Karen Ziemba

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03/30/2022
John Kander, Karen Mason Photo

John Kander, Karen Mason

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03/30/2022
John Kander, Karen Mason Photo

John Kander, Karen Mason

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Paul Rolnick, John Kander, Karen Mason Photo

Paul Rolnick, John Kander, Karen Mason

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03/30/2022

 

Stage

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

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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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

Ryoko Yonekura Will No Longer Return to CHICAGO in November Due to Injury Photo Ryoko Yonekura Will No Longer Return to CHICAGO in November Due to Injury
by Stephi Wild - Sep 28, 2022

Ryoko Yonekura has withdrawn from her previously announced engagement in CHICAGO,‚ÄĮwhich she was scheduled to perform on Broadway from November 7th‚ÄĮthru November 20th, under doctor's orders due to a lower back injury.

THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND Comes to the Cotuit Center Photo THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND Comes to the Cotuit Center
by Stephi Wild - Sep 28, 2022

For four nights only, Cotuit Center for the Arts will present The World Goes 'Round, a musical revue showcasing the songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The show will run on the Main Stage on October 20-23, with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday’s performances at 7:30pm and Sunday’s performance at 2:00pm. 

Student Blog: Transforming Space Over Time Photo Student Blog: Transforming Space Over Time
by Student Blogger: Kat Mokrynski - Sep 24, 2022

In August, Transforming Space Over Time: Set Design and Visual Storytelling with Broadway’s Legendary Directors by Beowulf Boritt was released. After reading the book, I had the chance to speak with Beowulf about the book’s release and his years of experience as a set designer.

Show Your Pet Performing a Favorite Number From CHICAGO For the Chance to Win a Trip  Photo Show Your Pet Performing a Favorite Number From CHICAGO For the Chance to Win a Trip to NYC
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 23, 2022

CHICAGO¬†is for the dogs ‚ÄĒ and cats, and rabbits, and birds, and all animal friends! Show your pet performing a favorite number from¬†CHICAGO¬†the musical for a chance to win a trip to travel to NYC to see¬†CHICAGO. To enter, post a video of your performance using #RazzleDazzlePets before October 21.¬†

Photos: CHICAGO Welcomes Angelica Ross, Brandon Victor Dixon And More! Photo Photos: CHICAGO Welcomes Angelica Ross, Brandon Victor Dixon And More!
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 19, 2022

See first look photos at the new cast of Chicago on Broadway featuring Angelica Ross as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Brandon Victor Dixon as Billy Flynn, and more!

Photos: Inside Rehearsal With Callum Scott Howells, Madeline Brewer and the New Cast  Photo Photos: Inside Rehearsal With Callum Scott Howells, Madeline Brewer and the New Cast of CABARET at the Kit Kat Club
by Stephi Wild - Sep 15, 2022

All new photos have been released of Callum Scott Howells, Madeline Brewer and the new cast of CABARET at the Kit Kat Club in rehearsals.

Photos: Angelica Ross and Brandon Victor Dixon Take Their First Bows in CHICAGO Photo Photos: Angelica Ross and Brandon Victor Dixon Take Their First Bows in CHICAGO
by Bruce Glikas - 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 photos from their first curtain call here!

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

Leslie Uggams and Ted Chapin to be Honored at the 30th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award Photo Leslie Uggams and Ted Chapin to be Honored at the 30th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 12, 2022

The York Theatre Company will honor Tony Award-winning musical theater icon Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) with the 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater and Ted Chapin with The York Theatre Company Founders’ Award at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala.

King Center to Present CHICAGO Tour in October Photo King Center to Present CHICAGO Tour in October
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 10, 2022

The American Theatre Guild is pleased to present the 25th Anniversary Tour of CHICAGO. This production is part of the BROADWAY AT THE KING CENTER SERIES and will take the stage October 13‚Äď14, 2022.

John Kander Videos

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

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. 


John Kander Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has John Kander written?
John Kander has written 32 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).

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.