Colored Lights Though they've been writing songs since the early '60s, Kander and Ebb reached new heights after "Chicago" won the Oscar last March. Over the years,… Colored Lights Though they've been writing songs since the early '60s, Kander and Ebb reached new heights after "Chicago" won the Oscar last March. Over the years,…
Book Review

Colored Lights (Fall 2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Writers: Fred Ebb, John Kander, Greg Lawrence

Though they've been writing songs since the early '60s, Kander and Ebb reached new heights after ''Chicago'' won the Oscar last March. Over the years, there were plenty of hits (''Cabaret,'' ''Kiss of the Spider Woman'') and flops (the ironically titled ''Happy Time''). Longtime muse Liza Minnelli provides a glowing introduction to this frank, funny memoir, in which the pair dishes about stars like ''Liza With a Z'' (as they dubbed her in song) and Frank Sinatra, who ''murdered everybody's lyrics'' -- including Ebb's for ''New York, New York.'' While two 40-year careers could fill more than one book, ''Lights'' is more illuminating than any ''Behind the Music.''

Originally posted Nov 21, 2003 Published in issue #738 Nov 21, 2003 Order article reprints
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