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

Christiane Noll

Christiane Noll (Ragtime 2009)

First of all, I would like to say how incredibly supportive Lynn and Stephen have been to me over the years! They have attended other shows I have been a part of, including my own evening at 54 Below. If they have not been able to come, they write and tell me where they are. Kind, courteous, respectful. They are truly generous of their gifts and there support! Working with them on Ragtime still remains my best theatrical memory to date!

The biggest giggle I still get, when I think of it, was how patient they both were when I was learning their gorgeously passionate score! I tend to have the unfortunate bad habit of back phrasing from time to time, something that I have since realized does not help in that particular show. They repeatedly handled my "re-training" with humor and a wry wit! They bring a light and joy to every room they are a part of and every success they gain is earned and deserved! My favorite show of all time is Once On this Island. It still make me cry the ugly cry just as badly now as it did when I first saw the show on Broadway. The most excited fan-girl behavior I've ever displayed was when they asked me to sing back up in "Mama Will Provide" for a 92Y performance. I couldn't stop jumping around. I thank them for the opportunities they have offered me, the beautiful music they have entrusted to me and the joyous spirit that they have shared with me.