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Lynn Ahrens

 
Birth Place:
New York, New York, USA
Bio:
Lynn Ahrens' writing spans the Broadway stage, feature film and network television. She won the Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations as lyricist of the Broadway musical Ragtime; in the same year, she received two Academy Award nominations, two ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: October 01, 1948 (73)

Birth Place: New York, New York, USA

Bio:
Lynn Ahrens' writing spans the Broadway stage, feature film and network television. She won the Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations as lyricist of the Broadway musical Ragtime; in the same year, she received two Academy Award nominations, two ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
2004
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Productions

 
[US Tour, 2018] Cancelled [Replacement]
Lryics[Replacement]
 
[Broadway, 2014]
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Photos

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Photo

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

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11/23/2021
Lynn Ahrens, Kevin Chamberlin and Stephen Flaherty Photo

Lynn Ahrens, Kevin Chamberlin and Stephen Flaherty

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11/23/2021
Janine LaManna, Stephen Flaherty, David Engel, Natascia Diaz, Lynn Ahrens and Sara Ge Photo

Janine LaManna, Stephen Flaherty, David Engel, Natascia Diaz, Lynn Ahrens and Sara Gettelfinger

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11/23/2021
Michael Farina, Tom Plotkin, Sara Gettelfinger, Kevin Chamberlin, Natascia Diaz, Davi Photo

Michael Farina, Tom Plotkin, Sara Gettelfinger, Kevin Chamberlin, Natascia Diaz, David Madore, Janine LaManna, Cameron Bowen, Jerome Vivona , Ann Harada, Catrice Joseph, David Engel, Joyce Chittick, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Eddie Korbich, Darren Lee, Justin Greer, Cathy Rigby, Anthony Blair Hall and Stuart Zagnit

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11/23/2021

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Performer

Productions

[US Tour, 2018] Cancelled [Replacement]
Lryics[Replacement]

[Broadway, 2014]
Lyricist

Writing
Songs
Lyricist
Bookwriter & Lyricist
Lyricist
Title Song Lyrics
Lyricist
Composer
Lyricist
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Lyricist
Lyricist
Bookwriter
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Lynn Ahrens Biography

Lynn Ahrens' writing spans the Broadway stage, feature film and network television. She won the Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations as lyricist of the
Broadway musical Ragtime; in the same year, she received two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Gold Record for Twentieth Century Fox's animated feature film Anastasia. She wrote book and lyrics for Seussical (Grammy nomination, one of the most performed shows in America); Once On This Island (London Olivier Award, Best Musical, Tony nominations for Best Book and Score); Lincoln Center Theater's The Glorious Ones (five Drama Desk nominations); Dessa Rose (Audelco Award, Best Musical, Outer Critics Circle nomination); A Christmas Carol (ten years at Madison Square Garden) and Lucky Stiff (Helen Hayes Award, Best Musical). She provided lyrics for My Favorite Year, A Man Of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Musical) and Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, as well as lyrics for the feature film Camp. For television, she wrote the musical teleplay of A Christmas Carol (Hallmark Entertainment Special, NBC) and is a mainstay songwriter/ singer for the famed series Schoolhouse Rock (ABC-TV) and others. She has received the Emmy Award and four Emmy nominations. Her short stories
and essays have appeared nationally and have been nominated for the Best American Essays and Pushcart anthologies. She serves on the Dramatists Guild Council of America, co-chairs the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, and is a member of AMPAS. 2008 marks her twenty-fifth year of collaboration with composer Stephen Flaherty.

Lynn Ahrens Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Lynn AhrensAnastasia
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Lyrics
Lynn Ahrens, The Glorious Ones
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
Lynn Ahrens, A Man of No Importance
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
Lynn Ahrens, Ragtime
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
Lynn Ahrens, Ragtime
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Musical
Lynn Ahrens, Ragtime
 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
Lynn Ahrens, Ragtime
 
Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Book of a Musical
Lynn Ahrens , Once on this Island
 
Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Lynn Ahrens , Once on this Island

Lynn Ahrens News

Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center Presents  ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Photo Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center Presents ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
by Stephi Wild - Jul 6, 2022

The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center, a cherished tuition-free performing arts education program for elementary and high school students in Los Angeles' Leimert Park, will stage the one-act Lynn Ahrens / Stephen Flaherty coming-of-age musical “Once on This Island” as its summer theatrical production.

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, The Musical, Will Play At The Baxter Flipside For A Short Season Photo ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, The Musical, Will Play At The Baxter Flipside For A Short Season This Month
by Grace Cutler - Jul 5, 2022

The Tony-award-winning musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, based on a Caribbean interpretation of Hans Christian Anderson’s, The Little Mermaid, will come to the Baxter Flipside for a short season from 8 to 16 July 2022 at 7pm with matinees at 2pm.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, WEST SIDE STORY, 1776 & More Lead Boston's July Theater Top 1 Photo MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, WEST SIDE STORY, 1776 & More Lead Boston's July Theater Top 10
by BWW Staff - Jul 1, 2022

Boston is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month.

Student Blog: Celebrate Fourth of July with these Patriotic Musicals Photo Student Blog: Celebrate Fourth of July with these Patriotic Musicals
by Student Blogger: Emily Pugh - Jul 1, 2022

With the long days full of sunshine, the rising temperatures, and the extra time off for students, individuals, and families alike, it becomes clear that summer is here and so is the unique American holiday - the Fourth of July. I have listed the four quintessentially patriotic musicals to help get you ready for this coming weekend. Whether you stream these works in your free time or listen to the curated playlist below, these musicals are sure to put you in a patriotic mood.

Photos: First Look Of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at The Public Theater of San Antonio Photo Photos: First Look Of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at The Public Theater of San Antonio
by Stephi Wild - Jun 30, 2022

First look of Tony Award winning musical Once on This Island: A Musical at The Public Theater of San Antonio, featuring a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty and based upon the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy.

Twelfth Night Productions to Present RAGTIME THE MUSICAL at the Highline Performing A Photo Twelfth Night Productions to Present RAGTIME THE MUSICAL at the Highline Performing Arts Center
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 28, 2022

Twelfth Night Productions has announced its summer production – Ragtime the Musical, playing at the Highline Performing Arts Center. 

Jim Parsons to Star in A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE at Classic Stage Company This Fall Photo Jim Parsons to Star in A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE at Classic Stage Company This Fall
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 28, 2022

Classic Stage Company announced that Jim Parsons will lead the cast of their fall production of A Man of No Importance, portraying Alfie Byrne. See the full schedule for the production and how to get tickets. 

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Opens Summer Theatre of New Canaan's 19th Season Photo ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Opens Summer Theatre of New Canaan's 19th Season
by Stephi Wild - Jun 27, 2022

The Summer Theatre of New Canaan (STONC), will open its 19th season July 7 with Broadway's Tony-Winning Musical Revival Once On This Island, Directed and Choreographed by George Faison, the first African American to win a Tony for choreography for The WIZ on Broadway.

A KISS FOR CINDERELLA & More Announced for National Youth Music Theatre's Summer Seas Photo A KISS FOR CINDERELLA & More Announced for National Youth Music Theatre's Summer Season of Musicals
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 20, 2022

This summer, National Youth Music Theatre will present two major musicals, ‘Chess’ at the Curve, Leicester and ‘Ragtime’ together with the world premiere’ of  ‘A Kiss for Cinderella’ at The MCT at Alleyn’s, Dulwich, and for one night only, NYMT in Concert at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.

Cast Announced For ONCE ON THIS ISLAND: A MUSICAL At The Public Theater Of San Antoni Photo Cast Announced For ONCE ON THIS ISLAND: A MUSICAL At The Public Theater Of San Antonio
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 15, 2022

The Public Theater has announced the cast for Tony Award winning musical Once on This Island: A Musical, featuring a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty and based upon the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy.

Lynn Ahrens Videos

VIDEO: First Look at Jason Danieley & More in the World Premiere of Ahrens & Flaherty VideoVIDEO: First Look at Jason Danieley & More in the World Premiere of Ahrens & Flaherty's KNOXVILLE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 22, 2022

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Asolo Repertory Theatre's world premiere of the new musical KNOXVILLE. The project reunites Frank Galati, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the Tony Award-winning creative team behind Broadway's Ragtime.

VIDEO: Cynthia Erivo Performs 'The Good' on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT! VideoVIDEO: Cynthia Erivo Performs 'The Good' on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT!
by Stage Tube - Jun 8, 2021

The single hails from her forthcoming album 'Ch. 1 Vs. 1' due out on September 17th on Verve Records.

Celebrating Black History Month: RAGTIME Arrives on Ellis Island VideoCelebrating Black History Month: RAGTIME Arrives on Ellis Island
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 18, 2021

Ragtime originally opened on Broadway in 1998 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, where it played for 834 performances. With music by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and a book by Terrence McNally, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in the United States: African Americans, upper-class suburbanites, and Eastern European immigrants.

VIDEO: Cynthia Erivo Talks About Playing Aretha Franklin on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! VideoVIDEO: Cynthia Erivo Talks About Playing Aretha Franklin on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!
by Stage Tube - Jan 19, 2021

Cynthia talks about moving to Los Angeles, meeting Oprah and Jason Bateman for the first time, getting a Critics Choice Award nomination for “The Outsider,” and playing Aretha Franklin in “Genius: Aretha.”

BWW Exclusive: Audra McDonald & Brian Stokes Mitchell Perform 'Wheels of a Dream' fro VideoBWW Exclusive: Audra McDonald & Brian Stokes Mitchell Perform 'Wheels of a Dream' from 'Ragtime' for UNITED IN SONG: CELEBRATING THE RESILIENCE OF AMERICA
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 16, 2020

In this exclusive clip from the upcoming PBS special “United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America,” Tony winners Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell perform “Wheels of a Dream” from “Ragtime.”

BWW TV: The Cast Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Discuss The Staged Musical Concert VideoBWW TV: The Cast Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Discuss The Staged Musical Concert
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 27, 2020

The cast of A Christmas Carol chat to Tom Hayden Millward (@WestEndReporter) about their upcoming West End run at the Dominion Theatre.

VIDEO: Quentin Garzon, Diane Phelan, and More Sing "Goodbye My Love/Journey On' from  VideoVIDEO: Quentin Garzon, Diane Phelan, and More Sing "Goodbye My Love/Journey On' from RAGTIME
by Stage Tube - Nov 13, 2020

Quentin Garzon is back with another video! This time he teamed up with some fellow performers to sing 'Goodbye My Love/Journey On' from Ragtime.

VIDEO: 122 Performers Come Together For Virtual RAGTIME Medley VideoVIDEO: 122 Performers Come Together For Virtual RAGTIME Medley
by Stage Tube - Nov 6, 2020

NYC-based actor and A.M.D.A. alumni, Conor Stepnowski, assembled and directed over 120 actors and musicians to perform in a completely virtual medley of five songs from the Tony award winning musical Ragtime.

Broadway Rewind: ROCKY Takes Center Ring on Broadway VideoBroadway Rewind: ROCKY Takes Center Ring on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 30, 2020

Today we rewind to 2014, when Rocky was getting ready to take center ring on Broadway. Rocky opened March 13 at the Winter Garden Theatre, where it ran for 180 performances.

Broadway Rewind: RAGTIME Brings Rhythm & Rhyme to Ellis Island in 2016 VideoBroadway Rewind: RAGTIME Brings Rhythm & Rhyme to Ellis Island in 2016
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 22, 2020

Today we rewind to 2016, for a special concert presentation of Ragtime on Ellis Island. The musical originally opened on Broadway in 1998 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, where it played for 834 performances.


Lynn Ahrens Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Lynn Ahrens written?
Lynn Ahrens has written 17 shows including Lucky Stiff (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Once On This Island (Bookwriter), My Favorite Year (Lyricist), A Christmas Carol (Lyricist), Ragtime (Lyricist), Patti LuPone: Matters of the Heart (Lyricist), Seussical (Conceiver), A Man of No Importance (Lyricist), Dessa Rose (Lyricist), Chef's Theater: A Musical Feast (Songs), Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Lyricist), The Glorious Ones (Lyricist), Rocky (Lyricist), In Your Arms (Title Song Lyrics), Anastasia (Lyricist), Marie, Dancing Still (Bookwriter & Lyricist), Knoxville (Lyricist).

What awards has Lynn Ahrens been nominated for?
Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Anastasia , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Glorious Ones , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for A Man of No Importance , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Ragtime , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Ragtime , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Ragtime , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Ragtime Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Once on this Island and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Once on this Island .

What awards has Lynn Ahrens won?
Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for A Man of No Importance, Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Ragtime Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Ragtimeand Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Ragtime.