Lynn Ahrens Biography

Lynn Ahrens
Lynn Ahrens

Lynn Ahrens (born October 1, 1948) is an American writer and lyricist for the musical theatre, television and film. She has collaborated with Stephen Flaherty for many years. She won the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for the musical Ragtime.

Ahrens met Stephen Flaherty at the BMI Workshop in 1982 and they started working together the following year. Their first musical together was Lucky Stiff, which premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in April 1988. Their next musical was Once on This Island, which premiered on Broadway in 1990 and which was nominated for eight Tony Awards. My Favorite Year opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center in October 1992 but ran for only 36 performances.

Ragtime followed, opening on Broadway in January 1998 and running for 834 performances. Ragtime was nominated for twelve Tony Awards and won the Best Original Score, in addition to the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics. Ragtime was revived on Broadway in 2009.

Seussical the Musical opened on Broadway on November 2000, and received a Grammy nomination. The musical later ran Off-Broadway in 2007, where it was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award as Outstanding Revival and the Drama League Award as Distinguished Revival of a Musical. This is one of the most performed musicals in the US.[2] Ahrens and Flaherty's next musicals, A Man of No Importance (2002), Dessa Rose (2005), and The Glorious Ones (2007) were produced at the Newhouse Theatre in Lincoln Center. They have frequently worked with director and choregrapher Graciela Daniele.

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Recent Performances of works by Lynn Ahrens
Production/Credit WhereOpening Night
Lucky Stiff ...... (Book & Lyrics) 4th Wall Theatre 6/7/2013
Ragtime: The Musical ...... (Music & Lyrics) Villagers Theatre 6/11/2010
Ragtime: The Musical ...... (Music & Lyrics) Pennington Players 6/4/2010
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Lyrics) Marlboro Players 1/29/2010
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Book) Marlboro Players 1/29/2010
My Favorite Year ...... (Lyrics) Barn Theatre 11/20/2009
Ragtime: The Musical ...... (Music & Lyrics) MOC Musical Theatre 10/16/2009
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Lyrics) Livingston Community Players 11/15/2008
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Book) Livingston Community Players 11/15/2008
Dessa Rose ...... (Book & Lyrics) 4th Wall Theatre 10/3/2008
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Lyrics) Main Street Theatre Company 8/8/2008
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Book) Main Street Theatre Company 8/8/2008
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Book) Bergen County Players 12/1/2007
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Lyrics) Bergen County Players 12/1/2007
Once on This Island. ...... (Book & Lyrics) Pennington Players 8/17/2007
Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! ...... (Lyrics) Stage Presence, Inc. 3/16/2007
Once on This Island. ...... (Book & Lyrics) Livingston Theatre Company 11/16/2006
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Lyrics) Middlesex County Plays in the Park 7/19/2006
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Book) Middlesex County Plays in the Park 7/19/2006
Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! ...... (Lyrics) Brundage Park Playhouse 7/14/2006
Ragtime: The Musical ...... (Music & Lyrics) Livingston Theatre Company 4/13/2006
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Lyrics) Park Players Productions Inc 3/9/2006
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Book) Park Players Productions Inc 3/9/2006
Once on This Island. ...... (Book & Lyrics) Off Broad Street Players 2/10/2006
Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! ...... (Lyrics) Middlesex County Plays in the Park 10/9/2005
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Lyrics) K.T. Productions 7/22/2005
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Book) K.T. Productions 7/22/2005
Ragtime: The Musical ...... (Music & Lyrics) Paper Mill Playhouse 6/8/2005
Lucky Stiff ...... (Book & Lyrics) Middlesex High School Performing Arts Department 3/10/2005
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Book) JCC Musical Theater Company 2/12/2005
Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! ...... (Lyrics) Under The Rainbow Productions 2/12/2005
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Lyrics) JCC Musical Theater Company 2/12/2005
Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! ...... (Lyrics) The Kelsey Players 2/11/2005
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Lyrics) Allegro Productions 12/3/2004
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Lyrics) Triple Threat Foundation for the Arts 12/3/2004
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Book) Triple Threat Foundation for the Arts 12/3/2004
Seussical: The Musical ...... (Book) Allegro Productions 12/3/2004
Once on This Island. ...... (Book & Lyrics) Villagers Theatre 10/29/2004
Lucky Stiff ...... (Book & Lyrics) Bergen County Players 5/1/2004
Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! ...... (Lyrics) Old Library Theatre 2/28/2004
Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! ...... (Lyrics) Allegro Productions 10/25/2003
Ragtime: The Musical ...... (Music & Lyrics) Battery Factory Theater 7/25/2003
Ragtime: The Musical ...... (Music & Lyrics) Middlesex County Plays in the Park 7/23/2003
Ragtime: The Musical ...... (Music & Lyrics) Barn Theatre 5/16/2003
Once on This Island. ...... (Book & Lyrics) Main Street Theatre Company 7/12/2002
Once on This Island. ...... (Book & Lyrics) Barn Theatre 5/25/2001
Lucky Stiff ...... (Book & Lyrics) Livingston Theatre Company 3/22/2001
Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! ...... (Lyrics) Studio Players 3/4/2000
Once on This Island. ...... (Book & Lyrics) Union County Arts Center 12/4/1998
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