Andrea Martin, Marin Mazzie, Brian Stokes Mitchell and More Pay Tribute to Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's 30 Years of Collaboration

By Adam Hetrick
26 Sep 2013

Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Seussical 2000)

Ahrens and Flaherty's music was the soundtrack of my childhood. A moment I remember in particular was when we were rehearsing for the backer's audition of Seussical. There was a song they'd written called "Alone in the Universe." I had learned a verse and Kevin Chamberlin (Horton) had learned another verse. I remember Lynn and Steve bringing us into the lobby of the Richard Rodgers Theatre and telling us that they'd written a little scene and duet portion for the end of the song. They quickly taught it to Kevin and me, and I'll never forget the first time we read the lines "When you think, do you think you could fly to the stars?/Little friend, no one else could have thinks such as ours!" The music swelled and these two lonely characters began to sing together, now in harmony. It was one of the most tingly moments I've ever experienced, and to this day it remains my favorite Ahrens and Flaherty song.