The recording boasts the talents of Ahrens, Annaleigh Ashford, Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway, Kevin Chamberlin, Quentin Earl Darrington, Flaherty, Lewis Grosso, Julie Halston, Jeremy Jordan, LaChanze, Kecia Lewis, Rebecca Luker, Marin Mazzie, Sean McCourt, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessica Molaskey, Bobby Steggert and Mary Testa.
"Nice Fighting You: A 30th Anniversary Celebration" was recorded live over a series six performances last September at 54 Below.
“This double album contains some of the songs we’ve written along the way, performed by our brilliant friends and ranging from the earliest days of our collaboration until now. I still recall the hours of heated discussion, the caffeine and the enjoyment that has gone into it all,” said Ahrens in a statement.
Flaherty added, “We’ve been having a wonderful time for the past thirty years since writing that first song - Broadway, Hollywood, the world stage - a shared life of writing in theaters. It doesn’t get better than that.” The music director for “Nice Fighting You" was Ted Sperling, and the recording is produced by Michael J. Moritz, Jr., co-produced by Neil Douglas Reilly and executive-produced by Van Dean.
The complete track listing follows:
At The Beginning/Patter – Lynn Ahrens And Stephen Flaherty
Journey To The Past – Liz Callaway
Waiting For Life – LaChanze
Mama Will Provide – Kecia Lewis
Rain – Quentin Earl Darrington
Love Who You Love – Jessica Molaskey
The Cuddles Mary Gave – Sean McCourt
The Streets Of Dublin – Sean McCourt
Rita’s Confession – Mary Testa & Stephen Flaherty
Fancy Meeting You Here – Mary Testa
Ballerina – Stephanie J. Block
Dancing Still - Jeremy Jordan
Raining (Hamburg Version) – Lynn Ahrens
Raining – Liz Callaway
Speaking French – Marin Mazzie
Times Like This -Liz Callaway
The Show Biz – Kevin Chamberlin & Lewis Grosso
Alone In The Universe – Kevin Chamberlin & Lewis Grosso
Solla Sollew – Kevin Chamberlin
Green Eggs & Ham – Kecia Lewis
Never Really Knew The Guy – Liz Callaway
Close But No Cigar – Annaleigh Ashford & Bobby Steggert
White Milk & Red Blood – Kecia Lewis
Larger Than Life – Bobby Steggert
Funny/The Joke – Annaleigh Ashford & Julie Halston
Something Beautiful – Rebecca Luker
Sarah Brown Eyes – Brian Stokes Mitchell & LaChanze
The Night That Goldman Spoke At Union Square – Bobby Steggert
Something Of My Own – LaChanze
Wheels Of A Dream – Brian Stokes Mitchell & LaChanze
Ragtime (Piano Solo) – Stephen Flaherty
Make Them Hear You – Quentin Earl Darrington
Goodbye My Love/Back To Before – Marin Mazzie
I Was Here – Brian Stokes Mitchell
How Lucky We Are – Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty are currently represented on Broadway with Rocky, and their numerous credits also include Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical, My Favorite Year, A Man of No Importance as well as the animated film "Anastasia."
Ahrens and Flaherty will return to 54 Below May 12 at 7 PM and 9:30 PM to celebrate the launch of their new CD. Joining them at the 7 PM show will be Liz Callaway, Louis Grosso, Julie Halston, Brian Michael Hoffman, Kecia Louis, Sean McCourt, Janet Metz, Mary Testa and Margo Seibert, and at the 9:30 PM show, their guests are Liz Callaway, Louis Grosso, Julie Halston, Brian Michael Hoffman, Kecia Louis, Sean McCourt, Janet Metz, Bobby Steggert, Mary Testa, Margo Seibert and Andy Karl. Visit www.54Below.com.