By Ben Rimalower
05 Jul 2014
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty met and began collaborating on musicals at the BMI Workshop in 1982. Their first Off-Broadway show, Lucky Stiff, won them a Richard Rodgers Award and their next, Once On This Island, moved to Broadway and became a staple of the genre with productions on all levels around the world for years to come.
Since then, Ahrens and Flaherty (the rare songwriting team referred to with the lyricist's name first — somehow it just sounds better than "Flaherty and Ahrens") have been a go-to pair for some of the most anticipated productions to come down the pike, including this season's mega-musical Rocky. Ahrens and Flaherty have the rare ability to craft songs that have a contemporary perspective and sound, while seeming inextricably linked to the grand tradition of the Great American Songbook.