John Kander Biography (1927-)

Full name, John Harold Kander; born March 18, 1927, in Kansas City, MO; son of Harold S. and Bernice (maiden name, Aaron) Kander. Addresses: Agent:International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Composer, director, conductor, musician
Birth Details
March 18, 1927
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Work
  • Pianist, The Amazing Adele, New York City, 1956
  • Pianist, An Evening with Bea Lillie, Florida, 1956
  • Conductor, Conversation Piece, Barbizon-Plaza Theatre, New York City, 1957
  • Dance music arranger, Gypsy, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1959
  • Dance music arranger, Irma la Douce, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1960
  • Dance music arranger, Gypsy, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1989-1990
  • Music director, Three Men on a Horse, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1993
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Producer, Shoot First: A Cop's Vengeance (also known as Cause of Death, Death of a San Antonio Cop, and The San Antonio Cops), NBC, 1991
  • Dance music arranger, Gypsy, CBS, 1993
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • "The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle," Great Performances,PBS, 1997
  • The Kennedy Center Honors, CBS, 1998
  • Film Work
  • Music adaptor, Kramer vs. Kramer, Columbia, 1979
  • RECORDINGS
  • Original Cast Albums
  • (With James and William Goldman) A Family Affair, 1961
  • (With Fred Ebb) Flora, the Red Menace, c. 1965
  • (With Ebb) Cabaret, Columbia, 1967
  • (With Ebb) The Happy Time, RCA, 1968
  • (With Ebb) Zorba, Capitol, 1969
  • (With Ebb) 70, Girls, 70, 1971
  • (With Ebb) Chicago, Artist, 1975
  • (With Ebb) Woman of the Year, Arista, 1981
  • (With Ebb) The Rink, 1984
  • (With Ebb) Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1993, second Broadway cast recording, 1995
  • A Letter from Sullivan Ballou, RCA, 1994
  • Other Albums
  • And the World Goes 'Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb, c. 1991
  • (With Lucile Adler) 3 Songs to Poem by Lucile Adler, 1992
  • Singles include (with Ebb) "My Coloring Book," Colpix, c. 1962.
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Music
  • Second Square, Theatre at Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, 1950
  • Opus Two, Theatre at Oberlin College, 1950
  • Requiem for Georgie, Theatre at Oberlin College, 1951
  • (With James Goldman and William Goldman) A Family Affair, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1962
  • Never Too Late, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1962
  • Flora, the Red Menace (lyrics by Fred Ebb), Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1965 revival with new songs, Vineyard Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Cabaret (lyrics by Ebb), Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1966 published by Random House (New York City), 1967 revised selections published as The Complete Cabaret Collection: Vocal Selections, Carlin America/Hal Leonard, 1999
  • The Happy Time (lyrics by Ebb), Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Zorba (lyrics by Ebb), Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1968 published by Random House, 1969
  • 70, Girls, 70 (lyrics by Ebb), Broadhurst Theatre, 1971
  • Contributor of original material (lyrics by Ebb), Liza, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1974
  • Chicago (libretto by Ebb and Bob Fosse; lyrics by Ebb), St. JamesTheatre, New York City, 1975
  • In Person, Chicago, IL, 1977 produced as The Act (lyrics byEbb), Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1978
  • Woman of the Year (lyrics by Ebb), Palace Theatre, New York City,1981
  • "Playing the Palace," Parade of Stars Playing the Palace, Palace Theatre, 1983
  • The Rink (lyrics by Ebb), Martin Beck Theatre, 1984
  • "A New Pair of Shoes," Night of 100 Stars II, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985
  • Contributor, Diamonds, Circle in the Square Theatre Downtown, NewYork City, 1985 published by Samuel French (New York City), 1986
  • Contributor of special material (lyrics by Ebb) Chita Rivera in the Grove, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami, FL, 1990-1991
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman (lyrics by Ebb), produced in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1990 then Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 1992 later Broadhurst Theatre, 1992-1993 published by Samuel French, 1997
  • And the World Goes 'Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb (lyrics byEbb), Downstairs, Westside Theatre, New York City, 1991 published by Fiddleback Music Publishing, 1991
  • Contributor of special material (lyrics by Ebb) Liza Minnelli: Stepping out at Radio City, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1991
  • Incidental music, The Crucible, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1991-1992
  • A Letter from Sullivan Ballou (commissioned by Richard Tucker foundation), Avery Fisher Hall, 1993
  • Steel Pier (lyrics by Ebb), Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City), published by Samuel French, 1998
  • The Visit (lyrics by Ebb), Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA, 1998
  • Over and Over (lyrics by Ebb), Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA, 1999
  • Lyrics and Lyricists: A Tribute to John Kander and Fred Ebb, Theatre at the 92nd Street "Y", New York City, 2000
  • Also composer for a production of The Skin of Our Teeth.
  • Film Music
  • Scores
  • Something for Everyone (also known as Black Flowers for the Bride and The Rook), National General, 1969
  • Cabaret (lyrics by Ebb), Allied Artists, 1972
  • Norman Rockwell's World ... an American Dream (short film; lyricsby Ebb), 1972
  • Songs (lyrics by Ebb), "How Lucky Can You Get," "I Like Him/Her," and "Let's Hear It for Me," Funny Lady, Columbia, 1975
  • Songs (lyrics by Ebb), "Get While the Gettin' Is Good" and title song, Lucky Lady, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1975
  • A Matter of Time (also known as Nina; lyrics by Ebb), American International Pictures, 1976
  • New York, New York (lyrics by Ebb; includes theme song), United Artists, 1977
  • French Postcards (lyrics by Ebb), Paramount, 1979
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (lyrics by Ebb), Columbia, 1979
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," They All Laughed, 1981
  • Still of the Night, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," Tempest, 1982
  • Blue Skies Again, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Places in the Heart (lyrics by Ebb), TriStar, 1984
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," Starman, 1984
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," Bring On the Night, 1985
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," Lost in America, 1985
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," Transylvania 6-5000, 1985
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," Highlander, 1986
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," Who's That Girl, 1987
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," Friday the 13th Part VIII--Jason Takes Manhattan, 1989
  • I Want to Go Home (also known as Je veux rentrer a la maison), MK2, 1989
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," Sing, 1989
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," Gremlins 2: The New Batch, 1990
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," My Blue Heaven, 1990
  • Billy Bathgate, 1991
  • Title song (lyrics by Ebb), Stepping Out, 1991
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," It Could Happen to You, 1994
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," A Life Apart: Hasidism inAmerica, 1996
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "Willkommen," Love! Valour! Compassion!, 1997
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," Mystery Alaska, 1999
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "New York, New York," Summer of Sam, 1999
  • Song (lyrics by Ebb), "Cabaret," Loser, 2000
  • Television Music
  • Specials
  • Liza with a "Z" (also known as Singer Presents Liza with a "Z"; lyrics by Ebb), NBC, 1972
  • "Story 2," in Three for the Girls (lyrics by Ebb), CBS, 1973
  • Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back (lyrics by Ebb), 1974
  • Gypsy in My Soul (lyrics by Ebb), CBS, 1976
  • Goldie and Liza Together (lyrics by Ebb), CBS, 1980
  • Baryshnikov on Broadway (lyrics by Ebb), 1980
  • Standing Room Only: Liza in London (lyrics by Ebb), HBO, 1986
  • (With others) Liza Minnelli in Sam Found Out: A Triple Play (alsoknown as Liza Minnelli: Triple Play and Sam Found Out: A Triple Play; lyrics by Ebb), ABC, 1988
  • Contributor of special music material (with Ebb), The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1988
  • Contributor of special music material (with Ebb) Liza Minnelli Live! From Radio City Music Hall, PBS, 1992
  • "Ladies Day at Last" (lyrics by Ebb), The 65th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1993
  • Movies
  • An Early Frost, NBC, 1985
  • Breathing Lessons, CBS, 1994
  • The Boys Next Door, CBS, 1996
  • Series
  • Theme song "Mama Malone" (lyrics by Ebb), Mama Malone, 1984
  • Theme song "We're All Right" (lyrics by Ebb), The Thorns, ABC, 1988

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography Supplement, Volume 21, Gale, 2001
    • Guernsey, Otis J., editor, Broadway Song and Story: Playwrights/Lyricists/Composers Discuss Their Hits, Dodd (New York City), 1985
    Periodicals
    • American Theatre, February, 1997, p. 10
    • New York Times, April 13, 1997, p. 4
    • USA Today, April 23, 1997
    • Variety, September 27, 1999, p. 157

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