John Kander and Fred Ebb are one of my favorite musical theatre songwriting teams of all time. While their most popular shows like Chicago and Cabaret have become standards within the musical theatre canon, the team actually wrote nearly 20 musical scores together before Fred Ebb’s passing in 2004. A number of their tunes are still performed often today, but others have fallen into relative obscurity. If you’re a female performer looking for a great Kander & Ebb audition piece, I generally recommend skipping numbers from Chicago and Cabaret and instead choosing one of the great, lesser-done selections below!
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1. “But the World Goes Round” from NEW YORK, NEW YORK
2. “Sing Happy” from FLORA THE RED MENACE
3. “My Coloring Book” (stand-alone)
4. “How Lucky Can You Get?” and “Isn’t This Better” from FUNNY LADY