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November 24, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Quick, who wrote the music for "New York, New York," "Funny Lady," "Cabaret" and the Broadway-bound "Kiss of the Spider Woman"? Don't know? Try this one: Who coined the phrase "Money makes the world go 'round" and said of New York, 'If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere"?
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May 29, 2013 | By Barbara Isenberg
Actor Joshua Henry admits he didn't know much about the Scottsboro defendants before auditioning to play one of them in the musical "The Scottsboro Boys. " But the scenes he received to prepare for that audition were powerful. As for the "gorgeous" song excerpts from songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb, Henry says, "I thought to myself, 'I'd like to be singing these songs eight times a week.'" He did just that when "The Scottsboro Boys" was on Broadway in fall 2010, and he'll be singing them again when the show opens at the Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday.
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May 29, 2013 | By Barbara Isenberg
Actor Joshua Henry admits he didn't know much about the Scottsboro defendants before auditioning to play one of them in the musical "The Scottsboro Boys. " But the scenes he received to prepare for that audition were powerful. As for the "gorgeous" song excerpts from songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb, Henry says, "I thought to myself, 'I'd like to be singing these songs eight times a week.'" He did just that when "The Scottsboro Boys" was on Broadway in fall 2010, and he'll be singing them again when the show opens at the Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday.
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August 12, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The crowd was growing restless at the Hollywood Bowl for Liza Minnelli to take the stage. An announcement explaining that there was some "technical difficulty" didn't prevent an outbreak of rhythmic clapping or a wildfire of snarky speculation on the precise nature of the snafu. Was it really a sound problem or had Minnelli suffered one of her, define the word as you like, relapses? Her reassurance to the audience from offstage that she was here and dying to perform hardly settled the matter.
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March 17, 1996 | Barbara Isenberg, Barbara Isenberg is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Lyricist Fred Ebb and composer John Kander were tossing around ideas for a musical to work on when Ebb suggested "Kiss of the Spider Woman." He'd seen Hector Babenco's 1985 film a few years earlier and thought it might have potential. Kander agreed immediately and so did their frequent collaborator, director Harold Prince. No matter that the film, like Manuel Puig's 1979 novel, was set in a Latin American prison and had some very unusual protagonists.
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August 12, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The crowd was growing restless at the Hollywood Bowl for Liza Minnelli to take the stage. An announcement explaining that there was some "technical difficulty" didn't prevent an outbreak of rhythmic clapping or a wildfire of snarky speculation on the precise nature of the snafu. Was it really a sound problem or had Minnelli suffered one of her, define the word as you like, relapses? Her reassurance to the audience from offstage that she was here and dying to perform hardly settled the matter.
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May 7, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
SAN DIEGO - Musicals are supposed to raise your spirits and warm your heart, right? Not necessarily. And certainly not in the case of "The Scottsboro Boys," the fearlessly inventive show about one of the most notorious episodes of racial injustice in America. It disturbs audiences as much as it entertains them. Who else but Kander & Ebb could pull off such a daring combination? Best known for "Cabaret" and "Chicago," John Kander and Fred Ebb were masters of "the concept musical," and "The Scottsboro Boys," created with book writer David Thompson and completed after the death of Ebb in 2004, is arguably the duo's most audacious crack at the form.
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January 28, 1990 | MARTIN GOTTFRIED, Gottfried's biography of Bob Fosse, "All His Jazz," will be published this year by Bantam Books. Next year, Harry N. Abrams Inc. will publish his sequel, "More Broadway Musicals." and
Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb still write as if Broadway were Broadway and not Wall Street. Years after their big hit shows ("Cabaret," "Zorba" and "Chicago," among others) they remain partners, recalling the tradition of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Lerner and Loewe. They keep stretching stage traditions.
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October 31, 2010 | By Barbara Isenberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
? It all started at lyricist Fred Ebb's kitchen table about eight years ago. Ebb and composer John Kander, the legendary songwriting team that crafted celebrated scores for "Chicago," "Cabaret" and nearly a dozen other Broadway shows, were ready to start a new show, and so were their frequent collaborators, director Susan Stroman and librettist David Thompson. As the four friends talked first about the Depression, in which two of their earlier musicals were set, then about great American trials, they returned again and again to the infamous Scottsboro Boys case.
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March 27, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Singers Salute Songwriters: Rosemary Clooney will be joined by an array of stars at the Fifth Annual Singers' Salute to the Songwriter anniversary concert on April 24 to benefit the Betty Clooney Foundation for Persons with Brain Injury at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Liza Minnelli, Linda Ronstadt, Martin Short, Bob Hope, Gary Morris, Debby Boone, the Hi-Los, Michael Feinstein and Glen Campbell will help Clooney honor Marvin Hamlisch, John Kander and Fred Ebb and Jimmy Webb.
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May 7, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
SAN DIEGO - Musicals are supposed to raise your spirits and warm your heart, right? Not necessarily. And certainly not in the case of "The Scottsboro Boys," the fearlessly inventive show about one of the most notorious episodes of racial injustice in America. It disturbs audiences as much as it entertains them. Who else but Kander & Ebb could pull off such a daring combination? Best known for "Cabaret" and "Chicago," John Kander and Fred Ebb were masters of "the concept musical," and "The Scottsboro Boys," created with book writer David Thompson and completed after the death of Ebb in 2004, is arguably the duo's most audacious crack at the form.
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October 31, 2010 | By Barbara Isenberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
? It all started at lyricist Fred Ebb's kitchen table about eight years ago. Ebb and composer John Kander, the legendary songwriting team that crafted celebrated scores for "Chicago," "Cabaret" and nearly a dozen other Broadway shows, were ready to start a new show, and so were their frequent collaborators, director Susan Stroman and librettist David Thompson. As the four friends talked first about the Depression, in which two of their earlier musicals were set, then about great American trials, they returned again and again to the infamous Scottsboro Boys case.
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March 17, 1996 | Barbara Isenberg, Barbara Isenberg is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Lyricist Fred Ebb and composer John Kander were tossing around ideas for a musical to work on when Ebb suggested "Kiss of the Spider Woman." He'd seen Hector Babenco's 1985 film a few years earlier and thought it might have potential. Kander agreed immediately and so did their frequent collaborator, director Harold Prince. No matter that the film, like Manuel Puig's 1979 novel, was set in a Latin American prison and had some very unusual protagonists.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Quick, who wrote the music for "New York, New York," "Funny Lady," "Cabaret" and the Broadway-bound "Kiss of the Spider Woman"? Don't know? Try this one: Who coined the phrase "Money makes the world go 'round" and said of New York, 'If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere"?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 1990 | MARTIN GOTTFRIED, Gottfried's biography of Bob Fosse, "All His Jazz," will be published this year by Bantam Books. Next year, Harry N. Abrams Inc. will publish his sequel, "More Broadway Musicals." and
Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb still write as if Broadway were Broadway and not Wall Street. Years after their big hit shows ("Cabaret," "Zorba" and "Chicago," among others) they remain partners, recalling the tradition of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Lerner and Loewe. They keep stretching stage traditions.
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January 26, 1990
Composers John Kander and Fred Ebb ("Cabaret," "Chicago," "New York, New York" and "Zorba") will be honored at an AIDS benefit Friday and Saturday at the Embassy Theatre. Staged by Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event, the shows will benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles. Stars scheduled to perform at the tribute include Lucie Arnaz, Jane Carr and Donna McKechnie. Information: (213) 962-1600.
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