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

Marin Mazzie
Photo by Mike Sharkey

Marin Mazzie (Ragtime 1998)

When I first read the script to Ragtime, I was immediately taken with the piece and knew I had to be a part of it. When I heard "Back To Before," which I had to sing for the audition, I knew it even more. Thankfully I got the role of Mother, and embarked on an amazing journey of over two years with the show. To this day Ragtime remains close to my heart for many reasons, one of the main ones being the extraordinary score that Lynn and Stephen wrote. To me, a perfect song is one that continues to grow, change and inspire every time you sing it. I have performed "Back to Before" literally hundreds of times and it still astonishes me that when I sing it in concert or for a benefit, it takes on new meaning every time and touches me so very deeply. It is truly transcendent. I am so lucky to have Lynn and Stephen in my life, and here's to at least 30 more years of collaborative genius!