Stephen Flaherty Biography

Date of Birth: September 18, 1960 (56)
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Gender: Male

Stephen Flaherty writes music for theater, film, recordings and the concert stage. He is perhaps best known as the composer of the Broadway musicals Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Grammy nominations), Seussical (Grammy and Drama Desk nominations), Once on This Island (Tony nomination, Olivier Award for London's Best Musical), and also contributed music to Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (original songs) and Neil Simon's Proposals (incidental music). He has also written four musicals produced at Lincoln Center Theatre: The Glorious Ones (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations), Dessa Rose (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations), A Man of No Importanc (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, Drama Desk nomination) and My Favorite Year. Other theater scores include Lucky Stiff and Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein (Chicago's Jefferson Award for Best New Musical). Film credits include Anastasia (Academy Award nominations for Best Score and Best Song, two Golden Globe nominations and a gold record for its soundtrack), Bartok the Magnificent (original score and songs) and the upcoming After The Storm. Concert work includes commissions from the Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall and the Guggenheim Museum. "The Ahrens and Flaherty Songbook," a print anthology, is available through Alfred Music. His songs have been recorded by Aaliyah, Johnny Mathis, Richard Marx and Donna Lewis, Renee Fleming and Bryn Terfel, Donny Osmond, Thalia and Deana Carter, among others. Mr. Flaherty serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, where he co-chairs the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program for emerging writers with Lynn Ahrens, his longtime writing partner.

Stephen Flaherty Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Music
Stephen Flaherty, The Glorious Ones
Olivier Awards - 2004 - Best New Musical
Stephen Flaherty, Ragtime
Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Music
Stephen Flaherty, A Man of No Importance
Stephen Flaherty, Seussical the Musical
Drama Desk Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Lyrics
Stephen Flaherty, Ragtime
Drama Desk Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Music
Stephen Flaherty, Ragtime
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Musical
Stephen Flaherty, Ragtime
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Stephen Flaherty, Ragtime
Olivier Awards - 1995 - The American Express Award for Best New Musical
Stephen Flaherty, Once On This Island
Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Stephen Flaherty, Once on this Island


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