The Ahrens and Flaherty Musicals – A Full List

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty are an extremely successful songwriting duo who have been working together since the 1980s. They have together won multiple prestigious awards, including Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement.

They’ve also been nominated for two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe awards, and four Grammys. And for your convenience, here’s our list of all of the Ahrens and Flaherty musicals, sorted chronologically.

* The featured photo above is by Nathan Johnson.

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Musicals by Ahrens and Flaherty

Lucky Stiff (1988)

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Lucky Stiff was the first collaboration between Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. It was initially performed Off-Broadway and won the Richard Rodgers Award in 1988. It later moved over to London’s West End in 1997.

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Once on This Island (1990)

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Once on This Island opened on Broadway in 1990 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical for its 1994 West End production. And in contemporary news, it is currently being adapted into a feature film by Disney +!

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My Favorite Year (1992)

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Joseph Dougherty

Based on the 1982 film, My Favorite Year premiered on Broadway in 1992 and received mixed reviews. It closed in 1993 after just 36 performances.

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Ragtime (1996)

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Terrence McNally

Ragtime was a massive success for the duo. The show won multiple Tony Awards, and was nominated for Best Musical in 1998. There have been numerous revivals since.

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Seussical (2000)

Music/Book: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

This Dr. Seuss-inspired musical premiered on Broadway in 2000. Although it wasn’t an immediate success, it turned out to be a great show to revive through children’s theatre. It is still frequently produced by smaller companies today.

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A Man of No Importance (2002)

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Terrence McNally

A Man of No Importance was initially produced at Lincoln Center in NYC, and it won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical the next year in 2003.

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Dessa Rose (2005)

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Similarly to A Man of No Importance, Dessa Rose also began Off-Broadway and later moved to London’s West End. It was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical in 2005.

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The Glorious Ones (2007)

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics/Books: Lynn Ahrens

The Glorious Ones made its debut in Pittsburgh, followed by a production Off-Broadway that same year. The show was nominated for five Drama Desk Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards.

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Rocky (2012)

Music:  Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Thomas Meehan, Sylvester Stallone

Rocky: The Musical is unique in that it originally premiered in Hamburg, Germany under the name Rocky: Das Musical. It moved to Broadway two years later and received nominations and wins for multiple awards.

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Anastasia (2016)

Music: Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Terrence McNally

Based on the 1997 film, Anastasia premiered on Broadway in 2017. It was nominated for multiple Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Circle Critics Awards. Ahrens and Flaherty were also nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for the music in the animated film.

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Additional Work by Ahrens & Flaherty

“I Eat (Gluttony)” from The Seven Deadly Sins  Sheet Music

Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life (2005 musical revue)  Learn More

Marie, Dancing Still (2014)  Learn More

Knoxville (2020)  Learn More

Musicals by Lynn Ahrens

A Christmas Carol

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Mike Ockrent

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1994)

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Which of these musicals by Ahrens and Flaherty your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of these Ahrens and Flaherty musicals? Feel free to share in the comments below! And if you like these types of lists, check out the musical database. That’s where you’ll find musicals sorted by composer, theme, setting, and more!

Stacy Karyn, author of Ahrens and Flaherty Musicals.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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