Lynn Ahrens

Lynn Ahrens

Librettist, Lyricist


Biography


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 Broadway musical Ragtime. Together with Flaherty, they have written many musicals, including Lucky Stiff, Once on This Island, My Favorite Year, Ragtime, Seussical, A Man of No Importance, Dessa Rose, The Glorious Ones, and most recently seen on Broadway, Rocky the Musical. She was also nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for the animated Twentieth Century Fox film Anastasia. She wrote the teleplay of her 1994 musical adaption of A Christmas Carol, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Ahrens. She is a mainstay writer and performer for ABC-TV's Schoolhouse Rock. Ahrens also wrote lyrics for the title song for After the Storm, the documentary film about young Hurricane Katrina survivors putting on Once On This Island. Read her full biography on the Wikipedia: wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_Ahrens


Shows by Lynn Ahrens

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Dessa Rose is the story of pride, perseverance, and the unlikely friendship forged between an abandoned southern belle and a rebellious slave girl escaping the repressive South. The southern belle, Ruth, finds herself living... read more

Harry Witherspoon, an unassuming English shoe salesman, lives an uneventful life in East Grinstead, England. His life takes a dramatic turn when he learns that his uncle Anthony, a casino manager from Atlantic City, has been... read more

It’s 1954, and young Benjy Stone is realizing his life-long dream of writing for television, working as a freshman writer on TV’s most popular comedy show: King Kaiser’s Comedy Cavalcade. Life is crazy but exhilarating, and... read more

From the Tony Award winning songwriting team, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, comes a story inspired from the by Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. With a Caribbean tinged score, follow the story of Ti Moune as s... read more

Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctrow, Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the Am... read more

Tom, a nervous school teacher about to start his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality materialize from the set. These characters show him how to w... read more

A musical perfect for the whole family, Seussical takes us into the world of Dr. Seuss, where we revisit beloved characters including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and JoJo. The Cat in... read more

Overview

Nationality
USA
Born
10/1/1948
Show Categories
Musical
Genres
Comedy, Drama, Historical/Biographical, Farce, Fairy Tale/Fantasy

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