Song of the day

Going back now to the 1960s on Broadway. John Kander and Fred Ebb were very successful with a number of hit musicals. Their most well known is probably Cabaret from 1966. They are also knows for the musical Chicago (1975) which did not really get fame until it was done in revival in 1996. Both musicals were made into highly successful movies.

Kander and Ebb were also well known for their collaboration with Liza Minnelli and they received an Emmy for their TV special Liza with a Z.

Their shows were groundbreaking. Their musical style had never been seen before and they were not afraid of using sex (or at least the idea of sex) through their work. Both shows were choreographed by Bob Fosse who’s style matched up very well with their own.

The first clip below is from the movie version of Chicago and the second from a tribute when Kander and Ebb were given the Kennedy Center Honors.


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