This star-studded double album features performances by (in alphabetical order): Lynn Ahrens, Annaleigh Ashford, Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway, Kevin Chamberlin, Quentin Earl Darrington, Stephen Flaherty, Lewis Grosso, Julie Halston, Jeremy Jordan, LaChanze, Kecia Lewis, Rebecca Luker, Marin Mazzie, Sean McCourt, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessica Molaskey, Bobby Steggert and Mary Testa.
The award winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty are currently represented on Broadway with Rocky and are behind numerous other Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals including Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical, My Favorite Year, A Man of No Importance as well as the classic animated film, Anastasia.
Nice Fighting You: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 BELOW was recorded live over a series 6 performances last September. Winner of Broadway World’s NYC Cabaret Award for “Best Revue” of 2013, the concerts featured hits and rarities from across Ahrens and Flaherty’s storied career and offered previews of material from new shows as well.
“This double album contains some of the songs we’ve written along the way, performed by our brilliant friends and ranging from the earliest days of our collaboration until now. I still recall the hours of heated discussion, the caffeine and the enjoyment that has gone into it all,” reminisced Lynn Ahrens.
Spanning two discs, there are copious performances to adore across the 48 tracks. Liz Callaway's charming, youthful rendition of "Journey to the Past" kicks off the album with spirit. Sean McCourt's lively, invigorating performance of "The Streets of Dublin" is a standout. Stephanie J. Bock's vocals are stunning on the lovely "Ballerina." Marin Mazzie brings "Speaking French" to thrilling life. On "Solla Sollew," Kevin Chamberlain makes the song touch the heart. Annaleigh Ashford and Bobby Steggert sing with grace on the sweet duet "Close (But No Cigar)." "White Milk and Red Blood" is sung with sensational emotional power by Kecia Lewis. Rebecaa Luker's radiant and mesmerizing version of "Something Beautiful" astounds. Brian Stokes Mitchell blows audiences away with his graceful and lush rendition of "I Was Here" from THE GLORIOUS ONES. Additionally, both Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty step into performances, signing with cheer and joy on several of the tracks as well. Broadway Records' AHRENS & FLAHERTY: NICE FIGHTING YOU (A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 BELOW) is a must-own for any Broadway enthusiast and for anyone who enjoys Broadway vocalists at their finest.