Lynn Ahrens

Lyricist, Librettist, Composer
To pigeonhole Lynn Ahrens as a lyricist or librettist overlooks her distinguished career as a producer of children's television. Yet it is in the former capacity that she has achieved her greatest success. The daughter ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1948 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (6)

Camp 2003 (Movie)

(Song)

Bartok the Magnificent 1999 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Creating Ragtime 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Anastasia 1997 (Movie)

song producer (Song)

Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night 1997 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Starstruck (TV Show)

Music
Writer (3)

Lucky Stiff 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lucky Stiff 2015 (Movie)

(musical, book and lyrics: "Lucky Stiff") (Source Material)

A Christmas Carol: The Musical (TV Show)

Teleplay
Actor (1)

Creating Ragtime 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

To pigeonhole Lynn Ahrens as a lyricist or librettist overlooks her distinguished career as a producer of children's television. Yet it is in the former capacity that she has achieved her greatest success. The daughter of bohemian parents, Ahrens was born and raised in Manhattan. After earning a degree in journalism from Syracuse University, Ahrens embarked on a career in advertising as a copywriter and composer of jingles. When a co-worker overheard Ahrens singing, she was invited to audition to work on a children's television show. Soon thereafter, she became a contributing songwriter to "Schoolhouse Rock!" (ABC). In the late 1970s, Ahrens founded her own production company and went on to create a number of successful children's informational programs, earning an Emmy for "H.E.L.P.! (Dr. Henry's Emergency Lessons for People)," about the Heimlich maneuver, as well as nominations for "Kids Are People Too," "The Doughnuts" and "Willie Survives."

Relationships

Neil Costa

Husband

EDUCATION

Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York 1970

Milestones

1999

Collaborated with Flaherty on "Seussical", a stage musical adapted from the stories of Dr. Seuss; produced on Broadway in 2000; credited with book and lyrics

1998

"Ragtime" opened on Broadway in January

1997

First feature credit, with Flaherty wrote the song score for the animated musical "Anastasia"

1996

"Ragtime" opened in Toronto

1994

Co-wrote the book (with director Mike Ockrent) and penned the lyrics (to music by Alan Menken) for a stage adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"; show has become an annual staple at the Paramount Theater in NYC

1992

Had first stage flop with the adaptation of the 1982 film "My Favorite Year"

1990

Breakthrough stage musical, wrote libretto and lyrics for "Once on This Island"; show originally produced at Playwrights Horizons then moved to Broadway where it was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best

1988

With Flaherty, wrote the adult musical "Lucky Stiff"; produced at Playwrights Horizons

1982

Introduced to Stephen Flaherty at the BMI musical theater workshop in NYC

1978

Formed a production company

1973

Began contributing songs to the ABC animated children's series "Schoolhouse Rock"

Was one of 10 songwriting teams who submitted material for consideration to write the score for a musical based on E L Doctorow's novel "Ragtime"

With Flaherty wrote first stage musical, an adaptation of the 1967 film "Bedazzled"; staged in a workshop but the writers were unable to obtain the rights to further produce the show

After college, worked as advertising copywriter and jingle writer

Began to entertain offers from film studios to write songs for animated musicals

Worked as a producer of children's programming in the late 1970s and early 1980s

Born and raised in NYC

First produced show, a one-hour children's musical based on "The Emperor's New Clothes", staged at NYC's TheaterworksUSA

Overheard singing at work, invited to audition for a children's TV show

Bonus Trivia

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As a child, one of Ahrens' baby-sitters was the famed photographer Weegee.

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