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West Side Story was originally envisioned as East Side Story by its creators, the show was to be a conflict centered around the romance between a Jewish girl and an Gentile boy.

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Biography of Lynn Ahrens

LYNN AHRENS is a lyricist, librettist and author. She is the recipient of the Tony Award, the Emmy, Londonís Olivier Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award and a Gold Record. She has been nominated for two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, three Grammys and four Emmys. For Broadway, she wrote lyrics for Ragtime, My Favorite Year, Chita Rivera:The Dancerís Life, and both book and lyrics for Once On This Island, Seussical and A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden). Off-Broadway: Lyrics for A Man of Importance and book and lyrics for Dessa Rose and The Glorious One (all produced by Lincoln Center Theater), and Lucky Stiff (Playwrights Horizons). Feature film: Lyrics for Anastasia (Twentieth Century Fox), Camp, After the Storm and others. Television: Mainstay songwriter and singer for the renowned animated series, Schoolhouse Rock; musical teleplay, A Christmas Carol (Hallmark Entertainment/NBC); she has created, written and produced many network shows for young audiences. Publishing: Her short stories and essays have appeared nationally and have been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Anthology. She serves on the Dramatists Guild Council of America and co-chairs the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program for emerging writers. 2008 marked her twenty-fifth year of collaboration with composer Stephen Flaherty.

For complete information on this and other Lynn Ahrens shows, as well as links to purchase CDs, vocal selections and other publications, please go to www.AhrensandFlaherty.com.

Shows by Lynn Ahrens

Christmas Carol, A (Broadway)
Lucky Stiff
Man Of No Importance, A
My Favorite Year
Once On This Island
Once On This Island JR.
Schoolhouse Rock Live Too!
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.
Seussical
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.
Glorious Ones, The