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

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime 1998)

To this day, Ragtime is the most magical experience I ever had in the theatre. It felt as if all of us who dreamt of being actors, writers, and creators somehow were destined to get together and do something special - and we ended up in the same room. The first song I sang was "Wheels of a Dream," before I was formally cast.

I remember the first workshop. We all sat down around a gigantic table, and when the reading started, the first thing you heard was Stephen's Ragtime theme, and the Little Boy talking – it never changed from day one. The second that music started, something huge and wonderful, magical descended on the room and it never left for the entire time the production was on. That's the power of Lynn and Steve and their music.