The Top 10 Kander & Ebb Songs

By Ben Rimalower
12 Oct 2013


10. "All I Need (Is One Good Break)" from Flora the Red Menace

 

 



It’s hard to separate this catchy tune from Liza Minnelli’s reedy, open-lunged (19 year-old, Tony-winning) performance. I’m so grateful the Ed Sullivan broadcast (unfortunately taken down from YouTube) preserves it with the inclusion of her introductory verse — a fleeting fragment of original cast album bliss I’ve long treasured, although Minnelli's solo "single" version (available on "Liza Minnelli: The Complete Capitol Collection") offers its own pleasures. All that aside, Kander & Ebb have delivered the epitome of the musical theatre trope, the "I want" song, and indeed, they have raised the stakes to "need."

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