Just can't stop humming Kander and Ebb tunes


"If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere." "Life is a cabaret."

When you hear these phrases, the music sounds in your head. That's one indication of how well songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb integrate music and lyrics. And, when they're writing for Broadway, as they have in such shows as "Chicago," "Cabaret" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," they weave their songs so neatly into the fabric of the shows, they often seem inseparable.

Nine years ago, however, Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman and David Thompson discovered new and witty contexts for Kander and Ebb's greatest hits, as well as some of their lesser-known gems. The revue these three created, "The World Goes 'Round" quickly became an off-Broadway hit. Now it is being revived by Towson University's Maryland Arts Festival, where it opens Friday.

Scott Susong directed the Towson production, as well as designed the sets and costumes. Musical direction is by Terri Matthews and the cast features Courtney Davis, Shawn Doyle, David Minges, Anya Randall Nebel, Cristen Susong and Shannon Wollman.

Presented in the Center for the Arts Studio Theatre at Osler and Cross Campus drives, "The World Goes 'Round" will continue through July 29. Tickets are $18. Call 410-830-2787.

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