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Lynn Ahrens

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New York indigenous Lynn Ahrens is usually, alongside partner Stephen Flaherty, probably one of the most effective writers of contemporary musical theater. After graduating from university with a level in journalism, Ahrens spent many years in marketing, where she’d have her 1st brush using the artwork of managing theme with terms and music like a article writer for the favorite Schoolhouse Rock and roll series. A few of Ahrens’ efforts towards the series consist of “Interplanet Janet,” “A Noun Is really a Person, Place or Thing,” and “Perform the Blood circulation.” After going to theater story Lehman Engel’s BMI Musical Theatre Workshop she created a creative collaboration with Stephen Flaherty, with whom she’d create Lucky Stiff, Once upon this Island, as well as the 1996 Broadway smash Ragtime. Ahrens and Flaherty also published the tunes for the favorite 1997 cartoon feature Anastasia.

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Full Name Lynn Ahrens
Profession Playwright, Screenwriter, Lyricist, Television producer, Film Score Composer
Education Syracuse University
Nationality American
Awards Tony Award for Best Original Score, Mastercard Best New Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Musical, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational/Instructional Programming - Short Form
Music Songs Biggest Blame Fool, Interplanet Janet, Three Ring Government, A Noun Is a Person, Place or Thing, The Preamble, No More Kings, Solar Power to the People, The Little Things We Do, Interjections!, Nice / How Lucky We Are, The Trash Can Band, “I Have a Lyric Sheet in My Hand…”, "I Feel Like My Life Is Flashing Before My Eyes Here…", Telegraph Line, “Hi, I’m Lynn Ahrens & I’m Stephen Flaherty…”, At the Beginning, Raining, The Body Machine
Albums Nice Fighting You: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 BELOW
Nominations Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, Academy Award for Best Original Song, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Academy Award for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score, Satellite Award for Best Original Song, Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score, GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theater, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Instructional Series
Movies Lucky Stiff, A Christmas Carol, Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night, No Big Deal
TV Shows Schoolhouse Rock!, Dear Alex and Annie


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1 Wrote and sang some of Schoolhouse Rock's most recognizable tunes including Interplanet Janet, The Great American Melting Pot, and A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing. She had a rather fortuitous, unconventional start. McCaffrey and McCall hired her as a secretary when she was just 22, and right out of college. Bored with her daily typing tasks, Ahrens often brought a guitar to the office to play during down time. One day, producer George Newall heard her strumming and asked her to try writing a song for the series. "The Preamble" was a hit and she wrote more songs for Schoolhouse Rock. This led to her getting more jobs as a freelance composer and singer which really launched her career and eventually included award-winning work for Broadway and movies.
2 Stephen Flaherty and her musical, "Dessa Rose" at the Bailiwick Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2014 Joseph Jefferson Non-Equity Award for Musical Production.
3 Stephen Flaherty and her musical, "Ragtime", at the Drury Lane Productions in Chicago, Illinois was awarded the 2010 Joseph Jefferson Award for Musical Production (Large).
4 Stephen Flaherty and her musical, "The Glorious Ones", at the Bohemian Theatre Ensemble in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2010 Joseph Jefferson Award (Non-Equity Division) for Production of a Musical.
5 Stephen Flaherty and her musical, "Once on This Island", at the Porchlight Music Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2009 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production of a Musical-Midsize.
6 She and Stephen Flaherty also wrote the libretto for the off-Broadway hit, "Dessa Rose", starring LaChanze.
7 Won Broadway's 1998 Tony Award as Best Original Musical Score, her lyrics with music by collaborator Stephen Flaherty, for "Ragtime." She had previously been twice nominated in 1991 for "Once on this Island": as Best Book (Musical), and, also in collaboration with Flaherty, as Best Score (Musical).
8 She was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Musical of 2003 season for "Ragtime", performed at the Piccadilly Theatre.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucky Stiff 2014 lyrics: "Mr. Witherspoon's Friday Night", "Mr. Witherspoon Got a Telegram ", "Good to Be Alive", "Rita's Confession", "Monte Carlo", "Dogs Versus You", "The Phone Call", "Speaking French", "Times Like This", "Fancy Meeting You Here", "Nice", "Harry's Nightmare", "Luigi's Death", "Lucky Stiff", "Fancy Meeting You Here Reprise", "Good to Be Alive Reprise"
Oh That Grinch! 2013-2014 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2014 TV Special lyrics: "Undefeated Man", "The Fight"
Late Show with David Letterman 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Who High 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Dirties 2013 writer: "It's Possible in McElligot's Pool"
The Voice 2012 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2010 TV Special lyrics: "Back to Before"
Nostalgia Critic 2010 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Angels in New York 2010 TV Series documentary writer: "Mama Will Provide", "Waiting For Life"
Schoolhouse Rock! TV Series writer - 22 episodes, 1973 - 2009 performer - 10 episodes, 1973 - 2009
Patinando por un sueño 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Christmas Carol: The Musical 2004 TV Movie lyrics: "Jolly Good Time", "Nothing to Do With Me Pt. 1", "Nothing to Do With Me Pt. 2", "You Mean More to Me", "Link by Link", "Lights of Long Ago", "God Bless Us Everyone", "A Place Called Home", "Mr. Fezziwig's Annual Christmas Ball", "A Place Called Home Reprise", "Abundance and Charity", "Christmas Together", "Dancing on Your Grave", "You Mean More to Me reprise", "Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today/God Bless Us Every One reprise", "What a Day, What a Sky" - uncredited
Cold Case 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Camp 2003 lyrics: "I Sing for You", "Here's Where I Stand"
The Practice 2001 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night 1998 Video lyrics: "Christmas in Oberndorf", "Things That I've Collected"
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1998 TV Special lyrics: "Ragtime"
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special writer: "Journey To The Past"
Anastasia 1997 lyrics: "Once Upon a December" Prologue, "A Rumor in St. Petersburg", "Journey to the Past", "Once Upon a December", "In the Dark of the Night", "Learn to Do It", "Learn to Do It" Waltz Reprise, "Paris Holds the Key To Your Heart", "Once Upon a December" Reunion, "At the Beginning", "Once Upon A December"
The Magical Journey of 'Anastasia' 1997 Video documentary short lyrics: "A Rumor in St. Petersburg", "Journey to the Past", "Learn to Do It", "Paris Holds the Key To Your Heart"
The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1991 TV Special lyrics: "The Human Heart", "Mama Will Provide"
Schoolhouse Rock!: The Greatest Show on Earth 1987 Video short writer: "The Greatest Show on Earth"
No Big Deal 1983 TV Movie lyrics: "No Big Deal", "Give Your Heart Away"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucky Stiff 2014 writer
A Christmas Carol: The Musical 2004 TV Movie musical / teleplay
Willie Survive 1982 TV Series
Dough Nuts! 1981 TV Series
H.E.L.P! - Dr. Henry's Emergency Lessons for People 1979 TV Series
Dear Alex and Annie 1978 TV Series creator

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Willie Survive 1982 TV Series producer
ABC Afterschool Specials 1982 TV Series producer - 1 episode
Dough Nuts! 1981 TV Series producer
H.E.L.P! - Dr. Henry's Emergency Lessons for People 1979 TV Series producer
Dear Alex and Annie 1978 TV Series producer
ABC Nutrition Spots 1977 TV Series producer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
After the Storm 2009/I Documentary lyrics
Bartok the Magnificent 1999 Video songs: lyrics by
Anastasia 1997 songs: lyrics by
Political Correction 1995 Short original lyrics / original music

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Big Deal 1983 TV Movie
ABC Afterschool Specials 1981 TV Series 1 episode
Drawing Power 1980 TV Series
Dear Alex and Annie 1978 TV Series

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The ABC's of Schoolhouse Rock 2014 TV Movie thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Broadway.com Show 2014 TV Series Herself
Working in the Theatre 1990-2007 TV Series documentary Herself
The Making of 'Anastasia' 2006 Video documentary Herself
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1998 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Original Score
Great Performances 1998 TV Series Herself
The Magical Journey of 'Anastasia' 1997 Video documentary short Herself
The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Book of a Musical

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures Anastasia (1997) · Stephen Flaherty
1980 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Informational/Instructional Programming - Short Form H.E.L.P! - Dr. Henry's Emergency Lessons for People (1979)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Anastasia (1997) · Stephen Flaherty (music)
1998 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score Anastasia (1997) · Stephen Flaherty
· David Newman
1998 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Anastasia (1997) · Stephen Flaherty (music)
1998 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Anastasia (1997) · Stephen Flaherty (music)
1998 Annie Annie Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production Anastasia (1997) · Stephen Flaherty (songs)
· David Newman
1998 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Original Comedy/Musical Score Anastasia (1997) · Stephen Flaherty
· David Newman
1998 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Original Song Anastasia (1997) · Stephen Flaherty (music by)
· Liz Callaway (performed by)
1998 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Original Song Anastasia (1997) · Stephen Flaherty (music)
1998 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Original Song Anastasia (1997) · Stephen Flaherty (music)
1983 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Informational/Instructional Programming - Short Form Willie Survive (1982)
1981 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Informational/Instructional Programming - Short Form Dough Nuts! (1981) · Ken Greengrass (executive producer)
· Phil Lawrence (executive producer)
1979 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Instructional Series Dear Alex and Annie (1978) · Ken Greengrass (executive producer)
· Phil Lawrence (executive producer)


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