Fred Ebb

Writer, Director

Male

Born: April 8, 1928
New York, New York

Died: September 11, 2004
New York, New York

Freb Ebb, the lyricist half of the Broadway composing team of Kander and Ebb, which produced such classic musicals as Cabaret and Chicago, has died. He was 71. John Kander and Freb Ebb collaboration was one of the longest in Broadway musical history. Their first Broadway show was 1965's Flora the Red Menace. But it was their next effort, Cabaret in 1966, that established them as innovative theatre songwriters. The dark-hued show, drawn from Christopher Isherwood's "Berlin Stories," was set in and around a lurid club during pre-war Nazi Germany. Harold Prince's production became a hit which ran for 1165 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Kander and Ebb also won a Tony for their score.

Obituary: The film was later made into an Oscar-winning film directed by Bob Fosee and starring Liza Minelli and original stage star Joel Grey.

Mr. Ebb's next few efforts with Kander were less successful. Neither The Happy Time or Zorba ran a year. And 1971's 70 Girls 70 lived for only a month. 1975, however, brought them their second biggest hit and the show for which they are now arguably best known, the gallows humor Jazz Age tale Chicago.

Bob Fosee directed Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera in the tuneful, vaudeville-like tale of murder, adultery and chichanery. The show was a success, running two years. But it was the 1996 Broadway revival (which is still running) and the 2002 Oscar-winning film which truly established the title as a classic.

The team has another hit the 1981 Lauren Bacall vehicle Woman of the Year, adapted from the film of the same name,

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - Cabaret Cabaret
Apr. 24, 2014 - Aug. 31, 2014
Lyrics
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Scottsboro Boys The Scottsboro Boys
Oct. 31, 2010 - Dec. 12, 2010
Lyrics
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Curtains Curtains
Mar. 22, 2007 - Jun. 29, 2008
Lyrics
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Barbara Cook's Broadway! Barbara Cook's Broadway!
Mar. 28, 2004 - Apr. 18, 2004
Featured Songs with Lyrics
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Minnelli on Minnelli Minnelli on Minnelli
Dec. 8, 1999 - Jan. 2, 2000
Director
(Original)
Who's Who
    Book
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Fosse Fosse
Jan. 14, 1999 - Aug. 25, 2001
Featured Songs with Lyrics ("Nowadays", "Mein Herr", "Razzle Dazzle")
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Cabaret Cabaret
Mar. 19, 1998 - Jan. 4, 2004
Lyrics
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Steel Pier Steel Pier
Apr. 24, 1997 - Jun. 28, 1997
Lyrics
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Chicago Chicago
Nov. 14, 1996
Lyrics
(Original)
Who's Who
    Book
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Kiss of the Spider Woman Kiss of the Spider Woman
May 3, 1993 - Jul. 1, 1995
Lyrics
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Cabaret Cabaret
Oct. 22, 1987 - Jun. 4, 1988
Lyrics
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Hay Fever Hay Fever
Dec. 12, 1985 - Mar. 29, 1986
"No, My Heart"
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Rink The Rink
Feb. 9, 1984 - Aug. 4, 1984
Lyrics
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Zorba Zorba
Oct. 16, 1983 - Sep. 2, 1984
Lyrics
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Woman of the Year Woman of the Year
Mar. 29, 1981 - Mar. 13, 1983
Lyrics
(Original)
 
The Madwoman of Central Park West
Jun. 13, 1979 - Aug. 25, 1979
Featured Songs with Lyrics
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The American Dance Machine The American Dance Machine
Jun. 14, 1978 - Dec. 3, 1978
Featured Songs with Lyrics
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Act The Act
Oct. 29, 1977 - Jul. 1, 1978
Lyrics
(Original)
 
Shirley MacLaine
Jul. 9, 1976 - Jul. 24, 1976
Book
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Shirley MacLaine Shirley MacLaine
Apr. 19, 1976 - May 1, 1976
Writer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Chicago Chicago
Jun. 3, 1975 - Aug. 27, 1977
Lyrics
(Original)
 
    Book
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Playbill Cover - Liza Liza
Jan. 6, 1974 - Jan. 26, 1974
Book
(Original)
 
    Lyrics
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - 70, Girls, 70 70, Girls, 70
Apr. 15, 1971 - May 15, 1971
Book
(Original)
 
    Lyrics
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Zorba Zorba
Nov. 16, 1968 - Aug. 9, 1969
Lyrics
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Happy Time The Happy Time
Jan. 18, 1968 - Sep. 28, 1968
Lyrics
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Cabaret Cabaret
Nov. 20, 1966 - Sep. 6, 1969
Lyrics
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Flora, the Red Menace Flora, the Red Menace
May 11, 1965 - Jul. 24, 1965
Lyrics
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Vintage '60 Vintage '60
Sep. 12, 1960 - Sep. 17, 1960
Additional Material
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - From A to Z From A to Z
Apr. 20, 1960 - May 7, 1960
Featured Songs
(Original)
 
    Featured Songs with Lyrics
(Original)
 

Videos (4)

 

Inside the Playbill (8)

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Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
2007 Outstanding Lyrics Curtains Nominee
2007 Special Award Winner
1969 Outstanding Lyrics Zorba Winner

New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1993 Best Musical Kiss of the Spider Woman Winner
1967 Best Musical Cabaret Winner

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
2007 Outstanding New Score Curtains Nominee

Tony Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
2011 Original Score The Scottsboro Boys Nominee
2007 Original Score Curtains Nominee
1997 Original Score Steel Pier Nominee
1993 Original Score Kiss of the Spider Woman Winner
1984 Original Score The Rink Nominee
1981 Original Score Woman of the Year Winner
1978 Original Score The Act Nominee
1976 Book of a Musical Chicago Nominee
1976 Original Score Chicago Nominee
1968 Composer and Lyricist The Happy Time Nominee
1967 Composer and Lyricist Cabaret Winner
 
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