Currently alive, at 89 years of age.
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1927 – He was John Harold Kander born on the 18th day of March this year in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He attended The Pembroke Hill School and Oberlin College before earning a master’s degree at Columbia University. He began his Broadway career as substitute rehearsal pianist for West Side Story.
1959 – The stage manager for West Side Story then asked Kander to play the auditions for her next show Gypsy. During the auditions, Kander met the choreographer, Jerome Robbins, who then suggested that Kander actually write the dance music for the show in this year.
1960 – This year, he wrote dance arrangements for Irma la Douce. His first produced musical was A Family Affair, written with James and William Goldman.
1967 – He won his first award at the Tony Award for Cabaret, Woman Of The year in 1981, and Kiss of the Spiderwoman in 1993.
1962 – He teamed up with Fred Ebb to write Flora the Red Menace, produced by Hal Prince, directed by George Abbott, and with book by George Abbott and Robert Russell, in which Liza Minnelli made her initial Broadway appearance.
1969 – His first ever film score was “Something for Everyone” in this year and the recent was “The Boys Next Door” in 1996.
1970 – His first television work is “Liza”!
1984 – He collaborated with Ebb for the musical “The Rink” and “Diamonds” with 1 song “Winter in New York”, both in this year.
1992 – His recent TV project was Liza Minnelli, Live from Radio City Music Hall.
1998 – He won Grammy Award for Chicago in Musical Show Album Category. Also in this year, The Kennedy Center honored them with a Lifetime Achievement Award.