Lynn Ahrens

Birth Place: New York, New York, USA

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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.

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Lynn Ahrens Productions

[West End, 2022]
[US Tour, 2018] Cancelled [Replacement]
[Broadway, 2014]


Bookwriter & Lyricist
Title Song Lyrics

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Narrows Community Theater's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Begins Performances

Narrows Community Theater, one of Brooklyn's longest running community theaters, will bring its audiences a true holiday treat: Alan Menken's musical version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Learn more about the production here!

Christy Altomare, Liz Callaway & More to Take Part in CCM Concert Honoring Stephen Flaherty at Carnegie Hall

Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning Broadway composer, writing partner to book writer/lyricist Lynn Ahrens, will receive a multimedia, multi-ensemble, all-star tribute entitled “The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Honors Alumnus: STEPHEN FLAHERTY AT CARNEGIE HALL!

Cast Set for ANASTASIA at White Plains Performing Arts Center

The White Plains Performing Arts Center has revealed the cast for their Mainstage production of ANASTASIA. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Exclusive: Watch Teal Wicks Sing 'Back to Before' in RAGTIME at Signature Theatre

Watch Teal Wicks sing 'Back to Before' in Ragtime at Signature Theatre.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Opens At Music Mountain Theatre, November 24

A Christmas Carol Opening at Music Mountain Theatre, Friday November 24th will bring a new mainstage production to Music Mountain Theatre (MMT) in Lambertville, New Jersey for a three-weekend run.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of Lincoln Center Theater's THE GARDENS OF ANUNCIA

See photos from opening night of The Gardens of Anuncia at Lincoln Center Theater!

Video: THE SIMPSONS Spoofs RAGTIME in 'Henry Ford' Parody Musical Number

A recent episode of The Simpsons featured a spoof of a song that Broadway fans may recognize! In a scene featuring Mr. Burns at a nuclear power plant, the cartoon program included a parody of 'Henry Ford' from Ragtime.

Video: Watch Nkrumah Gatling Sing 'Make Them Hear You' From RAGTIME at Signature Theatre

Get a first look at 'Make Them Hear You' from Signature Theatre's production of Ragtime. Watch the video here!

Dramatists Guild Foundation To Present Work Of 2022-2023 Playwriting Fellows

The Dramatists Guild Foundation will showcase the work of its 2022-2023 Playwriting Fellows in an upcoming event.


An array of Broadway luminaries, including Danny Burstein, Robert Cuccioli, Jason Danieley, Harvey Fierstein, Rob Fisher, Jessica Hecht, Judy Kuhn, Nancy Opel, and more gathered on Thursday, Nov. 9th at the Music Box Theater to pay tribute to the iconic lyricist Sheldon Harnick. Check out photos here!

Bergen County Players Ring in the Holiday Season with A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL

Bergen County Players will ring in the holiday season with Broadway heavy-hitters Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens's musical adaptation of the timeless Charles Dickens tale 'A Christmas Carol.'

Review: RAGTIME at Signature Theatre

A beautiful tapestry of interwoven stories, Signature's Ragtime takes the audience on a moving emotional journey that celebrates the indomitable spirit of people in search of The American Dream.

Review: The New York Pops Celebrates 21st CENTURY BROADWAY Musicals in Their Rousing Season Opener at Carnegie Hall

Under the talented and guiding hand of music director and conductor Steven Reineke, this exceptional orchestra gives Broadway songs a majesty and heft that most Broadway orchestra pits cannot provide.

Exclusive Photos: Get A First Look At Signature Theatre's RAGTIME

Get a first look at photos of Ragtime at Signature Theatre.

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Comes to TheatreKSU in November

Kennesaw State University's Department of Theatre and Performance Studies (TPS) will present the Tony Award-winning musical 'Once on This Island: The Musical' in the Stillwell Theater on Nov. 2-5 and Nov. 9-12.

Exclusive: Get A First Look At Signature Theatre's RAGTIME

Get an exclusive first look at Signature Theatre's production of Ragtime, now on stage through January 7th, 2024.

Second Street Players Perform A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL Beginning Next Month

Second Street Players presents 'A Christmas Carol: The Musical' at the Riverfront Theater in Milford, DE. Don't miss this joyful family production from November 24 - December 3. Tickets are on sale now!

Star Royale Theatre to Present NJ Premiere of ROCKY THE MUSICAL

Star Royale Theatre presents the NJ Premiere of Rocky the Musical, a hard-hitting yet tender adaptation of the iconic film. Directed and choreographed by Brendan Stackhouse, this production brings the story of Rocky Balboa to life on stage. Get all the details here!

Photos: On the Red Carpet at The Dramatists Guild Foundation 2023 Gala

The Dramatists Guild Foundation 2023 Gala took place last night, October 24. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out all the photos here!

Adrienne Warren, Margo Seibert, and More Join The Lineup For The Dramatists Guild Foundation Gala

Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) has announced that Tony Award Winner Adrienne Warren, Margo Seibert, and more have joined the star-studded line-up for the organization's 2023 Gala tonight, October 23, 2023, at Ziegfeld Ballroom. 


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).

Lynn Ahrens has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. Some of her notable nominations include Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) by the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Anastasia," Outstanding Lyrics by the Drama Desk Awards for "The Glorious Ones," "A Man of No Importance," and two nominations for "Ragtime." She was also nominated for Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for "Ragtime," Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre by the Tony Awards for "Ragtime" and "Once on this Island," and Best Book of a Musical by the Tony Awards for "Once on this Island."

Lynn Ahrens has won several awards for her outstanding lyrics in Broadway shows. She received the Outstanding Lyrics award from the Drama Desk Awards for her work in "A Man of No Importance" and "Ragtime." Additionally, she won the Tony Award for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for "Ragtime." Lynn Ahrens' talent and contributions to the theater industry have been recognized and celebrated through these prestigious awards.

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