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Dynamic Duos #1 - John Kander and Fred Ebb

Musical Minutes with John and John

John N. is back with a few solo episodes - and trying something a little different. This week, he introduces the short series of "Dynamic Duos" - pairs of collaborators on Broadway that you may or may not be aware of, but probably should; then pairs it with a show that you'll probably know and maybe even love from that duo. First up is the writing team of John Kander (composer) and Fred Ebb (lyricist). What began as an introduction in 1962 fermented into a 42-year collaboration with movies, shows, and songs to their credit. They started modestly with "Flora: The Red Menace", but soon had such hits as "Cabaret", "Chicago", and many more. Find the episode on your favorite podcast app or by going to https://anchor.fm/musicalminutes Intro and outro music ("BeBop 25") provided under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com Have a question for John or John? Want to leave feedback or tell us how wrong we are? Email us at musicalminutespodcast@gmail.com For more info on our hosts - please visit https://norine62.wixsite.com/musicalminutes

8mins

7 Apr 2021

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Happy 94th Birthday John Kander

Waldina

Today is the 94th birthday of the composer John Kander. His songs and soundtracks are some of the post popular and immediately recognizable pieces of the last half of the 20th century. The world is a better place because he is in it.This episode is also available as a blog post.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/waldina/message

9mins

19 Mar 2021

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On Broadway - Happy Birthday John Kander

On Broadway

The prolific composer celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday. We play music from his Broadway musicals, most with his long-time collaborator Fred Ebb.

20 Mar 2017

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On Broadway - Happy Birthday John Kander

ON BROADWAY

The prolific composer celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday. We play music from his Broadway musicals, most with his long-time collaborator Fred Ebb.

58mins

19 Mar 2017

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John Kander on Cabaret, The Scottsboro Boys and Chicago

Front Row: Archive 2014

Kirsty Lang talks to John Kander, composer of Cabaret, New York New York and Chicago and one half of Broadway partnership Kander and Ebb.87 year old John Kander discusses The Scottsboro Boys, his final work with lyricist Fred Ebb, which is currently a hit in London's West End.How he and Ebb discovered Liza Minnelli, and why Judi Dench remains his favourite Sally Bowles (Cabaret) on stage.

28mins

24 Dec 2014

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John Kander (#300) - December, 2010

Tony Award Winners on Downstage Center

Composer John Kander (Tony Award winner for Best Original Score in 1967 for “Cabaret”, 1981 for “Woman of the Year”, and 1993 for “Kiss of the Spider-Woman”) talks about his decades-long collaboration with Fred Ebb, with particular focus on the four projects that were not fully completed before Ebb's death in 2004: “The Scottsboro Boys”, “The Visit”, “All About Us” (aka “Over and Over”) and “Curtains”, speaking directly to the issues of utilizing the minstrel show construct for “Scottsboro”. He recalls his first meeting Ebb and their earliest, never produced collaboration, “Golden Gate”; beginning work on “Cabaret”, at the behest of Hal Prince, the morning after “Flora the Red Menace” opened; what factors resulted in “Chicago” being only a moderate success in the 70s but a smash in the 90s; why he thinks musicals are best written at a certain "remove" from their subjects; whether he believes there is a "signature" Kander & Ebb writing style; how he, Ebb and their collaborators spent a great deal of time talking, asking "what if," long before any writing began; whether any of the more than 60 songs written for “Cabaret”, most unused, will ever escape his "trunk"; what it was like to write for the particular voices of Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera; whether he thinks writing teams benefit from working in the same room, as he and Ebb did throughout their career together; and what he's working on now. Kander also demonstrates how the same melody can be used to change tone over the course of a show, using examples from “Cabaret” and “The Visit”.

48mins

29 Dec 2010

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John Kander (#300) - December, 2010

ATW - Downstage Center

Composer John Kander talks about his decades-long collaboration with Fred Ebb, with particular focus on the four projects that were not fully completed before Ebb's death in 2004: "The Scottsboro Boys", "The Visit", "All About Us" (aka "Over and Over") and "Curtains", speaking directly to the issues of utilizing the minstrel show construct for "Scottsboro". He recalls his first meeting Ebb and their earliest, never produced collaboration, "Golden Gate"; beginning work on "Cabaret", at the behest of Hal Prince, the morning after "Flora the Red Menace" opened; what factors resulted in "Chicago" being only a moderate success in the 70s but a smash in the 90s; why he thinks musicals are best written at a certain "remove" from their subjects; whether he believes there is a "signature" Kander and Ebb writing style; how he, Ebb and and their collaborators spent a great deal of time talking, asking "what if," long before any writing began; whether any of the more than 60 songs written for "Cabaret", most unused, will ever escape his "trunk"; what it was like to write for the particular voices of Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera; whether he thinks writing teams benefit from working in the same room, as he and Ebb did throughout their career together; and what he's working on now. Kander also demonstrates how the same melody can be used to change tone over the course of a show, using examples from "Cabaret" and "The Visit". Original air date - December 29, 2010.

48mins

29 Dec 2010