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Biography of Lynn Ahrens

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Lynn Ahrens provided lyrics for the Broadway musical Ragtime, winning the Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards for Best Score and receiving two Grammy nominations. In the same year, she was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes for the score of Twentieth Century Fox's animated feature film, Anastasia. She wrote both book and lyrics for Broadway's Once On This Island (Tony nominations for Best Book and Best Score); Seussical, now one of the most performed shows in America (Grammy nomination); A Christmas Carol (Composer, Alan Menken), presented for ten years at Madison Square Garden; Playwrights Horizons's Lucky Stiff; Lincoln Center Theater's Dessa Rose and The Glorious Ones; and the Kennedy Center world premiere of Little Dancer. In addition to Ragtime, she provided lyrics for My Favorite Year; Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life; In Your Arms; A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award-Best Musical); and Rocky, now a long-running hit in Europe. Her many film and television credits include Camp (IFC Films); After the Storm; Lucky Stiff (screenplay); Hallmark Entertainment's A Christmas Carol (teleplay, NBC); Schoolhouse Rock (ABC). Additional honors include the Emmy Award, London's Olivier Award and the Betty Comden Lilly Award. She serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America and co-founded the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program for Emerging Writers. With her longtime collaborator, composer Stephen Flaherty, she received the 2014 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 2015 was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

Shows by Lynn Ahrens

A Christmas Carol (Broadway)
Lucky Stiff
A Man Of No Importance
My Favorite Year
Once On This Island
Once On This Island JR.
Schoolhouse Rock Live Too!
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.
When The Cookie Crumbles (TYA Collection)…
Ragtime (Version 2)
Ragtime (Version 1)
Dessa Rose
Emperor's New Clothes (Ahrens/Flaherty)
Ragtime School Edition
Seussical TYA
Seussical JR.
The Glorious Ones
Seussical KIDS