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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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John Kander

John Kander

Born: March 18, 1927, Kansas City, Missouri

(p.321) John Kander
Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the work of John Kander. It starts with an extended commentary of his career, and also gives details on productions, with data and song information. Kander attended Oberlin College in Ohio, where he wrote songs with childhood friend James Goldman. Coming to New York for a master’s degree from Columbia, Kander began to take work as an accompanist. He moved into the orchestra pit as a replacement on West Side Story (Bernstein: September 26, 1957). This led to the dance arrangement assignment on two Merrick musicals, Gypsy (Styne: May 21, 1959) and Irma la Douce (September 29, 1960)—both of which had especially fine dance arrangements.

Keywords:   John Kander, composers, James Goldman, musical theater, West Side Story, dance arrangement, Gypsy

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