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Fred Ebb

Fred Ebb (lyricist, born April 8, 1935, New York, New York; died September 12, 2004) For nearly five decades, composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb have been one of Broadway's preeminent songwriting teams, the longest-running music-and-lyrics partnership in Broadway musical history. They are the Rodgers and Hart and Hammerstein of the second half of the twentieth century. They've given the world some of the great creations of the American musical stage: Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and nearly a dozen more, ranging from The Act to Zorba. Their scores have a breathtaking ability to capture the flavor of a specific time and place, with gutsy music brimming with vitality and brilliantly droll, penetrating lyrics. They've tackled serious, challenging subjects--Nazism, abortion, murder, capital punishment, prison torture, greed, corruption--with an originality and fearlessness rarely seen in popular entertainment.