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Episode 33
Sheldon Harnick & Lynn Ahrens


As a part of DG Academy, Sheldon Harnick and Lynn Ahrens joined Guild members for a conversation about writing for musical theatre. The award-winning lyricists discuss how the theatre drew them to writing and how their careers developed over time.


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Librettist, Lyricist

Lynn Ahrens won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and received two Grammy nominations for Ragtime. In the same year, she received double Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Anastasia. Stage credits include Once On This Island (two Tony nominations, Olivier Award), My Favorite Year, Lucky Stiff, Dessa Rose, A Man of No Importance, The Glorious Ones, A Christmas Carol, and Seussical (Grammy nomination), now one of the most performed shows in America. With long-time collaborator Stephen Flaherty, she co-founded the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. www.ahrensandflaherty.com

Works Include: Lucky Stiff (1988); Once On This Island (1990); My Favorite Year (1993); A Christmas Carol (1994); Ragtime (1998); Seussical (2000); A Man of No Importance (2003); Dessa Rose (2005); The Glorious Ones (2008); Rocky (2012).  


Librettist, Lyricist

Sheldon Harnick’s career began in the 1950's with songs in revues both on and off Broadway. With Jerry Bock he created a number of memorable musicals including Fiorello, She Loves Me and Fiddler on the Roof. Other collaborations: Rex (Richard Rodgers), A Wonderful Life (Joe Raposo), A Christmas Carol (Michel Legrand) and The Phantom Tollbooth (with Arnold Black and Norton Juster). He has written two musicals himself: Dragons and A Doctor in Spite of Himself.

Works Include: The Body Beautiful (1958);  Fiorello! (1959); Tenderloin (1960) She Loves Me (1963);  Fiddler on the Roof (1964); The Apple Tree (1966);  The Rothschilds (1970);  Free to Be...You and Me (1974); Rex (1976); The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1979);  Sutter's Gold (1980); A Christmas Carol (1981) A Wonderful Life (1986).