Gender
Male
Born
Apr 08, 1928
New York, New York, USA
Died
Sep 11, 2004
New York, New York, USA
Director Composer Writer Lyricist Other
Comments
Biography: Fred Ebb was born on April 8, 1928 in New York City to Anna Evelyn and Harry Ebb. He studied at New York University and Columbia University. He worked for songwriter Philip Springer in the 1950s. He met his longtime collaborator John Kander in 1963. They had a nearly 40-year presence on Broadway and a dozen different musicals.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Chicago," "Cabaret," "Funny Lady," and "Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There." Television credits include: "Liza with a Z," "Baryshnikov on Broadway," "Goldie and Liza Together," "Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra," and "First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb."

Other Awards: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Program - Variety and Popular Music for "Liza with a Z" in 1973. Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music for "Gypsy in My Soul" in 1976.Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics for "Liza Minnelli Live from Radio City Music Hall" in 1993. Kennedy Center Honoree in 1998.

Trivia:
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on September 14, 2004.
  • CREDITS
    Prince of Broadway (Aug 24, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017)
    • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalRevueOriginal
    The Visit (Apr 23, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    Cabaret (Apr 24, 2014 - Mar 29, 2015)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDramaRevival
    The Scottsboro Boys (Oct 31, 2010 - Dec 12, 2010)
    • Music by Fred Ebb
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    Come Fly Away (Mar 25, 2010 - Sep 05, 2010)
    • Featuring songs by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDanceOriginal
    Liza's at the Palace.... (Dec 03, 2008 - Jan 04, 2009)
    • Special Thanks: Fred Ebb
    SpecialConcert SoloOriginal
    Curtains (Mar 22, 2007 - Jun 29, 2008)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Dec 11, 2005 - Feb 19, 2006)
    • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalOriginal
    Barbara Cook's Broadway! (Mar 28, 2004 - Apr 18, 2004)
    • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
    SpecialConcertOriginal
    Minnelli on Minnelli (Dec 08, 1999 - Jan 02, 2000)
    • Directed by Fred Ebb
    • Book by Fred Ebb
    SpecialConcertOriginal
    Fosse (Jan 14, 1999 - Aug 25, 2001)
    • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalRevue DanceOriginal
    Cabaret (Mar 19, 1998 - Jan 04, 2004)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Steel Pier (Apr 24, 1997 - Jun 28, 1997)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalOriginal
    Chicago (Nov 14, 1996 - Present)
    • Book by Fred Ebb
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyRevival
    Candles, Snow & Mistletoe (Dec 27, 1993 - Dec 30, 1993)
    • Featuring songs by Fred Ebb
    • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
    SpecialOriginal
    Kiss of the Spider Woman (May 03, 1993 - Jul 01, 1995)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    Cabaret (Oct 22, 1987 - Jun 04, 1988)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Hay Fever (Dec 12, 1985 - Mar 29, 1986)
    • "No, My Heart" by Fred Ebb
    PlayComedyRevival
    The Rink (Feb 09, 1984 - Aug 04, 1984)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalOriginal
    Zorba (Oct 16, 1983 - Sep 02, 1984)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalRevival
    Woman of the Year (Mar 29, 1981 - Mar 13, 1983)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    The Madwoman of Central Park West (Jun 13, 1979 - Aug 25, 1979)
    • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    The American Dance Machine (Jun 14, 1978 - Dec 03, 1978)
    • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
    SpecialDanceOriginal
    The Act (Oct 29, 1977 - Jul 01, 1978)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalOriginal
    Shirley MacLaine (Jul 09, 1976 - Jul 24, 1976)
    • Book by Fred Ebb
    SpecialSolo RevueOriginal
    Shirley MacLaine (Apr 19, 1976 - May 01, 1976)
    • Written by Fred Ebb
    SpecialSolo RevueOriginal
    Chicago (Jun 03, 1975 - Aug 27, 1977)
    • Book by Fred Ebb
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Liza (Jan 06, 1974 - Jan 26, 1974)
    • Book by Fred Ebb
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    SpecialOriginal
    70, Girls, 70 (Apr 15, 1971 - May 15, 1971)
    • Book by Fred Ebb
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalOriginal
    Zorba (Nov 16, 1968 - Aug 09, 1969)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalOriginal
    The Happy Time (Jan 18, 1968 - Sep 28, 1968)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Cabaret (Nov 20, 1966 - Sep 06, 1969)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    Flora, The Red Menace (May 11, 1965 - Jul 24, 1965)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalOriginal
    Vintage '60 (Sep 12, 1960 - Sep 17, 1960)
    • Additional Material By: Fred Ebb
    MusicalRevueOriginal
    From A to Z (Apr 20, 1960 - May 07, 1960)
    • Featuring songs by Fred Ebb
    • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalRevueOriginal
    Cabaret (Jan 26, 2016 - Aug 06, 2017)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Chicago (Sep 03, 2013 - Jun 09, 2019)
    • Book by Fred Ebb
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyRevival
    Chicago (May 10, 2011 - Nov 11, 2012)
    • Book by Fred Ebb
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyRevival
    Chicago (Nov 11, 2008 - Jun 27, 2010)
    • Book by Fred Ebb
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyRevival
    Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Dec 19, 2006 - Jun 10, 2007)
    • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalOriginal
    Chicago (Jun 03, 2003 - Sep 09, 2007)
    • Book by Fred Ebb
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyRevival
    Fosse (Sep 14, 1999 - Feb 17, 2002)
    • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalRevue DanceOriginal
    Cabaret (Feb 23, 1999 - May 20, 2001)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Chicago (Dec 12, 1997 - Oct 22, 2000)
    • Book by Fred Ebb
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyRevival
    Chicago (Mar 25, 1997 - Apr 30, 2000)
    • Book by Fred Ebb
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyRevival
    Kiss of the Spider Woman (Nov 01, 1994 - May 04, 1996)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    The World Goes 'Round (Sep 27, 1992 - Jun 27, 1993)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalRevueOriginal
    Cabaret (Feb 26, 1987 - Jun 04, 1989)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDramaRevival
    Woman of the Year (Jun 09, 1983 - Mar 04, 1984)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Zorba (Jan 25, 1983 - Jun 30, 1985)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalRevival
    Chicago (Sep 12, 1977 - Aug 05, 1978)
    • Book by Fred Ebb
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Zorba (Sep 11, 1970 - May 18, 1971)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalOriginal
    Zorba (Dec 26, 1969 - Aug 30, 1970)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalOriginal
    Cabaret (Aug 19, 1969 - May 02, 1970)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    Cabaret (Dec 23, 1967 - Jul 27, 1969)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    The Visit (Nov 30, 2011 - Nov 30, 2011)
    • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    SpecialBenefitConcertRevival
    Happy Birthday, Mr. Abbott! (Jun 22, 1987 - Jun 22, 1987)
    • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
    SpecialBenefitOriginal
  • AWARDS

    Tony Award®

     

    Best Original Score Written for the Theatre

    2015 | Nominee  | The Visit
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb
     

    Best Original Score Written for the Theatre

    2011 | Nominee  | The Scottsboro Boys
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb
    Music by Fred Ebb
     

    Best Original Score

    2007 | Nominee  | Curtains
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb
     

    Best Original Musical Score

    1997 | Nominee  | Steel Pier
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb

    Best Original Score

    1993 | Winner  | Kiss of the Spider Woman
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb
     

    Best Original Score

    1984 | Nominee  | The Rink
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb

    Best Original Score

    1981 | Winner  | Woman of the Year
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb
     

    Best Original Score

    1978 | Nominee  | The Act
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb
     

    Best Book of a Musical

    1976 | Nominee  | Chicago
    Book by Fred Ebb
     

    Best Original Score

    1976 | Nominee  | Chicago
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb
     

    Best Musical

    1969 | Nominee  | Zorba
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb
     

    Best Composer and Lyricist

    1968 | Nominee  | The Happy Time
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb
     

    Best Musical

    1968 | Nominee  | The Happy Time
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb

    Best Composer and Lyricist

    1967 | Winner  | Cabaret
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb

    Best Musical

    1967 | Winner  | Cabaret
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb

    Drama Desk Award

     

    Outstanding Lyrics

    2015 | Nominee  | The Visit
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb

    Outstanding Lyrics

    2010 | Winner
    Fred Ebb (for "The Scottsboro Boys")
     

    Outstanding Music

    2010 | Nominee
    Fred Ebb (for "The Scottsboro Boys")
     

    Outstanding Lyrics

    2007 | Nominee  | Curtains
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb

    Special Award

    2007 | Recipient
    Fred Ebb (for 42 years of excellence in advancing the art of the musical theatre)

    Outstanding Lyrics

    1969 | Winner  | Zorba
    Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Prince of Broadway (Aug 24, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalRevueOriginal
The Visit (Apr 23, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalDramaOriginal
Cabaret (Apr 24, 2014 - Mar 29, 2015)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalDramaRevival
The Scottsboro Boys (Oct 31, 2010 - Dec 12, 2010)
  • Music by Fred Ebb
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalDramaOriginal
Come Fly Away (Mar 25, 2010 - Sep 05, 2010)
  • Featuring songs by Fred Ebb
MusicalDanceOriginal
Liza's at the Palace.... (Dec 03, 2008 - Jan 04, 2009)
  • Special Thanks: Fred Ebb
SpecialConcert SoloOriginal
Curtains (Mar 22, 2007 - Jun 29, 2008)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyOriginal
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Dec 11, 2005 - Feb 19, 2006)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalOriginal
Barbara Cook's Broadway! (Mar 28, 2004 - Apr 18, 2004)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
SpecialConcertOriginal
Minnelli on Minnelli (Dec 08, 1999 - Jan 02, 2000)
  • Directed by Fred Ebb
  • Book by Fred Ebb
SpecialConcertOriginal
Fosse (Jan 14, 1999 - Aug 25, 2001)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalRevue DanceOriginal
Cabaret (Mar 19, 1998 - Jan 04, 2004)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalDramaRevival
Steel Pier (Apr 24, 1997 - Jun 28, 1997)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalOriginal
Chicago (Nov 14, 1996 - Present)
  • Book by Fred Ebb
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyRevival
Candles, Snow & Mistletoe (Dec 27, 1993 - Dec 30, 1993)
  • Featuring songs by Fred Ebb
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
SpecialOriginal
Kiss of the Spider Woman (May 03, 1993 - Jul 01, 1995)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalDramaOriginal
Cabaret (Oct 22, 1987 - Jun 04, 1988)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalDramaRevival
Hay Fever (Dec 12, 1985 - Mar 29, 1986)
  • "No, My Heart" by Fred Ebb
PlayComedyRevival
The Rink (Feb 09, 1984 - Aug 04, 1984)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalOriginal
Zorba (Oct 16, 1983 - Sep 02, 1984)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalRevival
Woman of the Year (Mar 29, 1981 - Mar 13, 1983)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyOriginal
The Madwoman of Central Park West (Jun 13, 1979 - Aug 25, 1979)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyOriginal
The American Dance Machine (Jun 14, 1978 - Dec 03, 1978)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
SpecialDanceOriginal
The Act (Oct 29, 1977 - Jul 01, 1978)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalOriginal
Shirley MacLaine (Jul 09, 1976 - Jul 24, 1976)
  • Book by Fred Ebb
SpecialSolo RevueOriginal
Shirley MacLaine (Apr 19, 1976 - May 01, 1976)
  • Written by Fred Ebb
SpecialSolo RevueOriginal
Chicago (Jun 03, 1975 - Aug 27, 1977)
  • Book by Fred Ebb
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyOriginal
Liza (Jan 06, 1974 - Jan 26, 1974)
  • Book by Fred Ebb
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
SpecialOriginal
70, Girls, 70 (Apr 15, 1971 - May 15, 1971)
  • Book by Fred Ebb
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalOriginal
Zorba (Nov 16, 1968 - Aug 09, 1969)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalOriginal
The Happy Time (Jan 18, 1968 - Sep 28, 1968)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyOriginal
Cabaret (Nov 20, 1966 - Sep 06, 1969)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalDramaOriginal
Flora, The Red Menace (May 11, 1965 - Jul 24, 1965)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalOriginal
Vintage '60 (Sep 12, 1960 - Sep 17, 1960)
  • Additional Material By: Fred Ebb
MusicalRevueOriginal
From A to Z (Apr 20, 1960 - May 07, 1960)
  • Featuring songs by Fred Ebb
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalRevueOriginal
Cabaret (Jan 26, 2016 - Aug 06, 2017)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalDramaRevival
Chicago (Sep 03, 2013 - Jun 09, 2019)
  • Book by Fred Ebb
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyRevival
Chicago (May 10, 2011 - Nov 11, 2012)
  • Book by Fred Ebb
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyRevival
Chicago (Nov 11, 2008 - Jun 27, 2010)
  • Book by Fred Ebb
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyRevival
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Dec 19, 2006 - Jun 10, 2007)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalOriginal
Chicago (Jun 03, 2003 - Sep 09, 2007)
  • Book by Fred Ebb
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyRevival
Fosse (Sep 14, 1999 - Feb 17, 2002)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalRevue DanceOriginal
Cabaret (Feb 23, 1999 - May 20, 2001)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalDramaRevival
Chicago (Dec 12, 1997 - Oct 22, 2000)
  • Book by Fred Ebb
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyRevival
Chicago (Mar 25, 1997 - Apr 30, 2000)
  • Book by Fred Ebb
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyRevival
Kiss of the Spider Woman (Nov 01, 1994 - May 04, 1996)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalDramaOriginal
The World Goes 'Round (Sep 27, 1992 - Jun 27, 1993)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalRevueOriginal
Cabaret (Feb 26, 1987 - Jun 04, 1989)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalDramaRevival
Woman of the Year (Jun 09, 1983 - Mar 04, 1984)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyOriginal
Zorba (Jan 25, 1983 - Jun 30, 1985)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalRevival
Chicago (Sep 12, 1977 - Aug 05, 1978)
  • Book by Fred Ebb
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalComedyOriginal
Zorba (Sep 11, 1970 - May 18, 1971)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalOriginal
Zorba (Dec 26, 1969 - Aug 30, 1970)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalOriginal
Cabaret (Aug 19, 1969 - May 02, 1970)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalDramaOriginal
Cabaret (Dec 23, 1967 - Jul 27, 1969)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
MusicalDramaOriginal
The Visit (Nov 30, 2011 - Nov 30, 2011)
  • Lyrics by Fred Ebb
SpecialBenefitConcertRevival
Happy Birthday, Mr. Abbott! (Jun 22, 1987 - Jun 22, 1987)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Fred Ebb
SpecialBenefitOriginal

Tony Award®

 

Best Original Score Written for the Theatre

2015 | Nominee  | The Visit
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
 

Best Original Score Written for the Theatre

2011 | Nominee  | The Scottsboro Boys
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Music by Fred Ebb
 

Best Original Score

2007 | Nominee  | Curtains
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
 

Best Original Musical Score

1997 | Nominee  | Steel Pier
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Best Original Score

1993 | Winner  | Kiss of the Spider Woman
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
 

Best Original Score

1984 | Nominee  | The Rink
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Best Original Score

1981 | Winner  | Woman of the Year
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
 

Best Original Score

1978 | Nominee  | The Act
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
 

Best Book of a Musical

1976 | Nominee  | Chicago
Book by Fred Ebb
 

Best Original Score

1976 | Nominee  | Chicago
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
 

Best Musical

1969 | Nominee  | Zorba
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
 

Best Composer and Lyricist

1968 | Nominee  | The Happy Time
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
 

Best Musical

1968 | Nominee  | The Happy Time
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Best Composer and Lyricist

1967 | Winner  | Cabaret
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Best Musical

1967 | Winner  | Cabaret
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Lyrics

2015 | Nominee  | The Visit
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Outstanding Lyrics

2010 | Winner
Fred Ebb (for "The Scottsboro Boys")
 

Outstanding Music

2010 | Nominee
Fred Ebb (for "The Scottsboro Boys")
 

Outstanding Lyrics

2007 | Nominee  | Curtains
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Special Award

2007 | Recipient
Fred Ebb (for 42 years of excellence in advancing the art of the musical theatre)

Outstanding Lyrics

1969 | Winner  | Zorba
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

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