It’s been said that John Kander and Fred Ebb were the Rodgers & Hammerstein of the second half of the 20th Century, and “Perfectly Marvelous” will prove it by honoring the composer of Cabaret, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
TMTP’s artistic director Bill Rudman co-hosts our next Song Is You! concert with Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (pictured above), who starred in three Kander & Ebb shows. The two performances in Playhouse Square (with Kander in the audience) will be music-directed by Nancy Maier in a show featuring three terrific actor-singers: Katherine DeBoer, recently seen in our cabaret, I Am What I Am; Matthew Wright, chair of Oberlin’s theater department; and Derrick Cobey, a Baldwin Wallace alum who appeared in the Broadway production of Kander & Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys (pictured below).
Rudman and Ziemba are your guides for a tour in song of the Kander & Ebb musicals, spiced with video clips and dozens of still images. Our company will perform both favorites and little-known songs by the team — and in their extraordinary 40-year collaboration they were exactly that. “When we walk into our music room,” Ebb once said, “I am Fred Ebb and he is John Kander. When we come out, we are Kander & Ebb.” You’ll also hear musical theater songs composed by John before and after his years with Ebb.
Perfectly Marvelous: The Songs of John Kander
October 31 | 8 PM
November 1 | 2 PM
Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square
Tickets available through the Playhouse Square Box Office;
Call 216-241-6000 or visit PlayhouseSquare.org