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Arts & Entertainment - July 29, 2011

A must for musical fans

'Curtains' is Kander and Ebb's valentine to Broadway

by Kevin Kirby

Beginning with "Flora the Red Menace" in 1965 and ending with Ebb's death in 2004, composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb enjoyed one of the longest Broadway collaborations, producing such landmark musicals as "Cabaret" and "Chicago." Their simple song forms, innuendo-laced lyrics and penchant for gritty characters marked them more as descendants of Weil and Brecht than of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

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