Stephen Flaherty

Stephen Flaherty



Stephen Flaherty is a musical theatre composer best known for his long-time partnership with lyricist/bookwriter Lynn Ahrens. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 18, 1960, Flaherty began studying the piano at age seven and knew at age 12 that he wanted to compose for musical theatre. By 14, he composed his first musical score. Flaherty went on to study musical composition and piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

After receiving his degree from CCM in 1982, Flaherty moved to New York City and joined the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop to hone his craft, and it was there he met Ahrens. During this time, he also was completing graduate studies in musical theatre at New York University. Flaherty and Ahrens’ first collaboration was a musical adaptation of The Emperor’s New Clothes, which was produced by TheatreWorks USA in 1985.

Flaherty’s collaboration with Ahrens flourished, and together, the two wrote Lucky Stiff, Once on This Island (their first Broadway show), Ragtime, and Seussical, among others. Additionally, Flaherty and Ahrens were tasked with writing the score for the 1997 Twentieth Century Fox film Anastasia, which became a critical and commercial success. Almost 20 years later, the duo returned to the piece to expand it for the Broadway stage. Flaherty himself won an Olivier Award for Once on This Island and a Drama Desk Award for Ragtime, and several of his musicals have won awards in other categories.

Shows by Stephen Flaherty


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

A Man of No Importance tells the story of Alfie Byrne, an Oscar Wilde-loving bus driver in 1960’s Dublin. Alfie’s passion is directing an amateur group of thespians called the St. Imelda’s Players. The dedicated performers ar... 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

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


Show Categories
Comedy, Drama, Historical/Biographical, Fairy Tale/Fantasy