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Kander, John



  • Existence: March 18, 1927 -
  • Existence: 1927-03-18    


John Kander is an American composer from Kansas City. He is arguably the most prolific Broadway musical composer in American history. He has collaborated with lyricist Fred Ebb on some of the greatest theater and film productions in American history. Kander composed the music for Cabaret (1966), Steel Pier (1997), and, most famously, Chicago (1975). He also wrote the theme song for Martin Scorsese’s New York, New York (1977), which later became a hit song when performed by Frank Sinatra. He contributed compositions for Kramer versus Kramer (1979), Still of the Night (1982) and many other films. Individually, and with Fred Ebb, Kander has been won or nominated for 11 Tony awards, 3 Emmys, 2 Grammys, 3 Golden Globes, 2 Oscars, and a Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award. He and Ebb were also inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. Kander was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983. Kander also worked frequently with actresses Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera, writing much of their TV and film material.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

John Kander Collection

Identifier: MS-0093
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of lacquer disc recordings of John Harold Kander, American composer from Kansas City, and part of the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb, composers of the musical theater hits Cabaret and Chicago.

Dates: 1958 - 1985