Ahrens and Flaherty Get Star-Packed College Salute at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Cabaret & Concert News   Ahrens and Flaherty Get Star-Packed College Salute at Feinstein’s/54 Below
It will be the second celebration of the Anastasia songwriting team in two nights.
Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens
Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Broadway alumni of The College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati will turn out April 2 to salute the work of the songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and CCM graduate Stephen Flaherty in a pair of concerts at 7 and 9:30 PM.

The songwriters of Ragtime, Seussical, and the currently previewing Anastasia will hear their songs performed by a lineup of CCM graduates who have gone on to Broadway fame. Here are a few of the three dozen accomplished alumni who are scheduled to take the stage at one or the other of the performances that night, alongside 20 current students who constitute the class of 2017:

Christy Altomare (Anastasia), Shoshana Bean (Wicked), Nicholas Belton (The Great Comet), Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys), Jessica Boevers Bogart (Oklahoma!, Rent), Kristy Cates (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wicked), Max Chernin (Sunday in the Park with George, Bright Star), Max Clayton (Bandstand), Nikki Renee Daniels (The Book of Mormon), Julian Decker (Sunset Boulevard), Alysha Deslorieux (Hamilton), and Betsy Wolfe (Falsettos).

Organizers told Playbill that audiences can expect to see numbers including the following (it is still being decided which songs will be sung at which of the two performances):

Kristy Cates and Danette Holden on “Back to Before” from Ragtime
Shoshana Bean on “Mama Will Provide” from Once on This Island
Blaine Krauss and Kimber Elayne Sprawl on “Wheels of a Dream” from Ragtime
Max Clayton and Christine Cornish Smith on “Alone in the Universe” from Seussical
Jessica Hendy and Alysha Deslorieux on “Waiting for Life” from Once on This Island
Nicholas Belton and John Riddle on “Streets of Dublin” from A Man of No Importance

Tickets, at $40 and up, can be ordered on the Feinstein’s website. There is an additional food & beverage minimum of $25.

Visit PlaybillEDU to learn more about the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

The first week in April promises to be a busy one for Ahrens and Flaherty. The following night, April 3, the pair will be celebrated in another celebrity-packed concert, The Flip Side: Unknown Musical Comedy Gems by Ahrens & Flaherty at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan, as a fundraiser for Off-Broadway’s AMAS Musical Theatre.


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