Broadway: Lyrics, Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Score, two Grammy nominations); Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life; My Favorite Year (Lincoln Center Theatre); Book and lyrics: Once On This Island (Tony nominations for Best Book, Score and Musical, London's Olivier Award for Best Musical); Seussical (Grammy nomination); A Christmas Carol (ten years at Madison Square Garden). Off-Broadway: Lyrics, A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Musical); Book and lyrics, Lucky Stiff (Playwrights Horizons); Dessa Rose (LCT); The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center Theatre). Feature film: Anastasia(Twentieth Century Fox. Two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations); Camp(IFC). Television: Teleplay, A Christmas Carol (Hallmark Entertainment, NBC); Schoolhouse Rockand numerous other shows. (Emmy Award and four Emmy nominations.) Concert: With Voices Raised (Boston Pops); Audra McDonald's Seven Deadly Sins (contributor). Publications: Tallgrass Literary Anthology, Narrative Magazine, American Theater Magazine, The Kenyon Review (forthcoming). Ms. Ahrens is a member of ASCAP and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, serves on the Dramatists Guild of America Council and co-chairs the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program for emerging writers. She has collaborated with Stephen Flaherty since 1983.
Bio as of December, 2007.
STEPHEN FLAHERTY is probably best known as the Tony Award-winning composer of the Broadway musical Ragtime. His other music for Broadway includes the scores for the musicalsOnce On This Island, Seussical, My Favorite Year, songs for Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, and incidental music for Neil Simon's Proposals. He is also the composer of A Man of No Importanceand Dessa Rose (both produced by Lincoln Center Theater), Lucky Stiff, and Loving Repeating: A musical of Gertrude Stein, adapted from the works of Ms. Stein by Frank Galati. Film work includesAnastasia, for which Stephen received two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Golden Globe nominations, and a gold record for its soundtrack. His concert work includes With Voices Raised(Boston Pops commission, Carnegie Hall performance), Ragtime Symphonic Suite (Hollywood Bowl Orchestra), as well as commisions from Carnegie Hall and The Guggenheim Museum in New York City. As a performer, he made his Carnegie Hall in April 2007 with the New York Pops Orchestra, debuting a new song of his with the singer Anika Noni Rose. His numerous awards as a composer include the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Los Angeles Critics Circle, Chicago's Joseph Jefferson and London's Olivier Award. He has been nominated for the Grammy three times. He has enjoyed collaborating with lyricist/librettist Lynn Ahrens for over twenty years. Their latest musical, The Glorious Ones, will receive its New York premiere this fall at Lincoln Center Theatre.
Bio as of December, 2007.
A 90-minute Caribbean fairy tale told in rousing song and dance, this show is a joyous marriage of the slick and the folkloric, of the hard-nosed sophistication of Broadway musical theater and the indigenous culture of a tropical isle. No doubt the evening will nettle purists who insist that all American musicals be urbane or that all foreign entertainments exhibited in New York be home grown. Most everyone else is likely to emerge from the theater ready to dance down the street.—Frank Rich, New York Times |Read Full Article