Kept from the wrestling team because of knee injury, a teen-age Tom Cruise auditioned and won the role of Nathan Detroit in his Glen Ridge, NJ high school production of Guys And Dolls, and so began his acting career.
STEPHEN FLAHERTY is the composer of the Broadway musicals Rocky, Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Awards, two Grammy nominations), Seussical (Grammy, Drama Desk nominations) and Once on This Island (Tony nomination, Olivier Award, Best Musical.) Additional Broadway includes Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (original songs) and Neil Simon's Proposals (incidental music). Stephen has also written four musicals at Lincoln Center Theatre: The Glorious Ones (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), Dessa Rose (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), A Man of No Importance (OCC, Best Musical, Drama Desk nomination) and My Favorite Year. Other theater includes Lucky Stiff, Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein (Chicago's Jefferson Award, Best New Musical) and In Your Arms, a new dance theater piece with director-choreographer Christopher Gattelli and ten noted playwrights. Film includes Anastasia (two Academy Award and two Golden Globe nominations), the documentary After The Storm and the upcoming Lucky Stiff. This year celebrates Stephen's 30-year collaboration with lyricist-librettist Lynn Ahrens. A double live CD commemorating their body of work titled Nice Fighting You has just been released by Broadway Records. Upcoming: Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center, Fall 2014, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, and the stage adaptation of Anastasia, currently in development. Mr. Flaherty's concert music has premiered at the Hollywood Bowl, Boston's Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum and Symphony Space. Stephen and Lynn are members of the Dramatists Guild Council and cofounders of the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. AhrensAndFlaherty.com.
A Man Of No Importance
My Favorite Year
Once On This Island
Once On This Island JR.
When The Cookie Crumbles (TYA Collection)…
Ragtime (Version 2)
Ragtime (Version 1)
Emperor's New Clothes (Ahrens/Flaherty)
Ragtime School Edition
The Glorious Ones