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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#1
Posted: 8/11/12 at 5:19am
I just adore them and think that they are a severely underrated songwriting team. My favorites:

Back To Before
Your Daddy's Son
Journey To The Past
Waiting for Life
Mama Will Provide
Solla Sollew
Alone In The Universe
Larger Than Life

And you all?
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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#2
Posted: 8/11/12 at 5:50am
I'm not really sure there's a weak song in Ragtime. I love it all, especially New Music
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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#2
Posted: 8/11/12 at 6:57am
So much of The Glorious Ones is wonderful:

Opposite You
The World She Writes
My Body Wasn't Why
I Was Here
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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#3
Posted: 8/11/12 at 8:43am
"Shoes" from LUCKY STIFF.
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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#4
Posted: 8/11/12 at 9:16am
Come Down From the Tree
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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#5
Posted: 8/11/12 at 9:53am
They are one of my favorite song-writing teams. They have so many brilliantly beautiful songs:

Your Daddy's Son
Wheels of a Dream
Sarah Brown Eyes
Make Them Hear You
I Was Here
My Body Wasn't Why
Come Down From the Tree
Mama Will Provide
Waiting For Life to Begin
Forever Yours
It's Possible
Notice Me Horton
Larger Than Life

The list goes on and on.
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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#6
Posted: 8/11/12 at 10:10am
Something Beautiful, a song on Stephanie J. Block's CD
Solla Sollew
Your Daddy's Son
Back to Before
Once Upon a December
The Human Heart
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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#7
Posted: 8/11/12 at 10:18am
I love "Rita's Confession" from LUCKY STIFF. Mary Testa's performance maximizes all the song's comic potential. Lots of fun! I too, love the entire RAGTIME score.
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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#8
Posted: 8/11/12 at 11:03am
there are so many, but certainly:
Wheels of a Dream
Back to Before
Come Down from the Tree
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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#9
Posted: 8/11/12 at 12:05pm
Every singe Ragtime song, and most of the Anastasia score
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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#10
Posted: 8/11/12 at 12:16pm
Come Down From the Tree is the definitive answer.
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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#11
Posted: 8/11/12 at 1:42pm
Waiting For Life
Ragtime
Wheels of a Dream
Streets of Dublin
Twelve Children
Armanda's Sack
Larger Than Life
Times Like This
20 Million People
How Lucky You Are


Regarding Glorious Ones:

I like the score very much, but it depresses the **** out of me. It really bums me out.

I was wondering if anyone else feels this way?
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#12
Posted: 8/11/12 at 2:12pm
"Streets of Dublin" is definitely in the upper section of my list....
Love the whole show!
In the real world the only people who burst into song are the hopelessly deranged...
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#13
Posted: 8/11/12 at 2:34pm
He wanted to say- Ragtime
Journey To the past-Anastasia
Waiting for life to begin- Once on this island
Oh the things you can think- Seussical
Ragtime- Ragtime
Antything's possible- seussical
Wheel of Dream- Ragtime.
and many many more
I know the team composed anastasia, but I wonder why they have never done a project for Disney? Or any other animated film? Seussical would've been fantastic.
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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#14
Posted: 8/11/12 at 4:45pm
Wheels of a Dream
Back to Before
Henry Ford
He Wanted To Say
The Night That Goldman Spoke at Union Square
Coalhouse Demands
Till We Reach That Day
What Kind of Woman
A Shtetl iz Amereke

Times Like This (Lucky Stiff)

In the Dark of the Night
Learn to Do It
Once Upon a December
Journey to the Past
Paris Holds the Key (To Your Heart)

Updated On: 8/11/12 at 04:45 PM
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#15
Posted: 8/11/12 at 6:41pm
I met Lynn years ago at a Broadway Opening Night party. OMG she was just amazing...nice, gracious and loved the fact that I knew a lot of her work...very humble indeed.

I once watched an interview with Lynn stating they love non-profit type theaters that let them embrace their work with out fears of failing. If it goes on too bigger life from there, great, but their intentions are never to go "oh, what Broadway house is next?"...
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#16
Posted: 8/11/12 at 7:31pm
I have to say I love Ragtime to death but it's a lonely masterpiece in A & F's otherwise mixed bag of shows. Once On This island would be second best, I guess, and Lucky Stiff is wonderfully funny, a great show to SEE. But the level drops off pretty quickly after that.
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#17
Posted: 8/11/12 at 8:41pm
How has no one mentioned Goodbye My Love/Journey On. The last minutes is just GAHHHH. The harmonies, the emotions, just beautiful music! Sorry, I'm being shill.
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#18
Posted: 8/11/12 at 8:56pm
In addition to loving RAGTIME and LUCKY STIFF, I'm also quite fond of A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE. Unfortunately, MY FAVORITE YEAR, SEUSSICAL, DESSA ROSE and THE GLORIOUS ONES were all disappointments to me (score/cast recordings not the shows themselves).
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#19
Posted: 8/11/12 at 10:40pm
"Armanda's Sack" sounds an awful lot like "Our Children"

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#20
Posted: 8/11/12 at 10:50pm
Chronologically:
"Times Like This" from LUCKY STIFF
"We Dance" from ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
"What Kind of Woman" from RAGTIME (Weird choice, but the line about the maids and hired hands is just spectacular.)
"Wheels of a Dream" from RAGTIME
"Alone in the Universe" from SEUSSICAL
"Welcome to the World" from A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE (This is probably my favorite A&F show, and I'd gladly cite the entire score, but this song is my particular favorite.)
"I Was Here" from THE GLORIOUS ONES

Only seven songs, but trust me, I do really love their work. Part of my reason for listing only a few is because as a whole, their scores work so well. I can't wait to see what they do next, even ROCKY.


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Favorite Ahrens and Flaherty Songs?

#21
Posted: 8/12/12 at 8:30am
Streets of Dublin. I can listen to it forever.
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#22
Posted: 8/12/12 at 6:37pm
Man of No Importance is a tiny masterpiece, IMHO. I think it succeeds partly because it's so unprepossessing. And yes STreets of Dublin is thrilling (even if it's the only real stand out song in the score, I think that speaks to the way the show was written).
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#23
Posted: 8/12/12 at 6:53pm
"I think it succeeds partly because it's so unprepossessing."

Uprepossessing means unattractive or nondescript. How could this show succeed or be a "tiny masterpiece" by being either of these?



Updated On: 8/12/12 at 06:53 PM
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#24
Posted: 8/12/12 at 7:34pm
I appreciated the score to A Man of No Importance much more after I actually saw a production of the show - which I think is true of most A & F shows. The music is beautifully integrated into and supportive of the story.

For me, only Ragtime stands on its own as a great score, period.
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