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September 13, 2004 |
Fred Ebb, who wrote the lyrics for such hit Broadway musicals as "Chicago" and "Cabaret" as well as the big-city anthem "New York, New York," has died of a heart attack. Ebb died Saturday at his home, said David McKeown, an assistant to composer John Kander, Ebb's longtime collaborator. The lyricist was believed to be 76, although Ebb always was "sweetly vague" about his age, said director Scott Ellis, who worked with him on several shows.
February 17, 1995 |
The Wicked North, a $10,000 horse who made the most of his 17 races, earning $1.1 million and winning a divisional title, has been retired. Phil Hersh, who owns The Wicked North with his wife Sophie, said Thursday that the 6-year-old has a slight ligament tear in his lower left foreleg. "We would have had to lay him up for three or four months before we brought him back," Hersh, 76, said.
January 28, 1990 |
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.
November 30, 1986 |
Imagine being on the phone for four hours. Nonstop. Imagine Stephen Sondheim being on the other end. Imagine the conversation. "All about commas," confided Craig Zadan, the wizard kid movie producer ("Footloose") who's just published a revised, enlarged, updated version of "Sondheim & Co.," his 1973 volume on the shows and times of the composer-lyricist-legend. The book, with commas approved but otherwise without censorship from Sondheim, isn't merely a labor of love.
March 17, 1996 |
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.