a writer, lyricist, composer and director, Fred Ebb
made incalculable contributions to the New York theatrical
community. Mr. Ebb is a Tony®, Grammy®, Emmy®, Olivier®
and Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award winning
recipient. Fred Ebb's first professional songwriting assignment
came in 1953 when he and Phil Springer were hired by Columbia
Records to write a song for Judy Garland called "Heartbroken."
Mr. Ebb was introduced to composer John Kander in 1964 by
music publisher Tommy Valando and became one of the most
legendary songwriting teams in American history. The first
successful collaboration was on the song "My Coloring Book,"
recorded by Barbra Streisand.
second theatrical collaboration, Flora, the Red Menace,
created a star out of Liza Minnelli in her Tony® Award-winning
Broadway debut. In 1966, their collaboration Cabaret,
opened and received seven Tony® Awards including Best Musical
and Best Score. A 1972 movie version of Cabaret starring
Liza Minnelli was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won
eight awards and was nominated for nine Golden Globe Awards
and won three including Best Picture, Musical or Comedy.
The same year, the songwriting team wrote a number of songs
for Minnelli's television special "Liza With a Z," which
received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Program -
Variety or Popular Music. In 1975, the two wrote the Broadway
musical Chicago, directed by Bob Fosse and starring
Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera and Jerry Orbach.
musical was successfully revived 20 years later at City
Center ENCORES! and subsequently transferred to Broadway
where it is currently the longest running revival in Broadway
history. In 1977, the team collaborated with Martin Scorsese
on the movie New York, New York; the title song was
introduced by Minnelli and later recorded by Frank Sinatra
becoming the unofficial theme song of New York City. The
Minnelli Broadway vehicle The Act also opened that
year. After a four-year absence, Mr. Ebb and Mr. Kander
returned with Woman of the Year (1981), The Rink
(1984), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993), and Steel
Pier (1997). Miramax's 2002 feature film Chicago
was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won six, including
Best Picture and was nominated for eight Golden Globe Awards
and won three, including Best Picture, Musical or Comedy.