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Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's 30-year collaboration cemented on CD

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Their three-decade collaboration will be celebrated with Nice Fighting You: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 Below to be released on June 3rd, 2014. The double CD set is now available for pre-order at This star-studded double album features performances by (in alphabetical order): Lynn Ahrens, Annaleigh Ashford, Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway, Kevin Chamberlin, Quentin Earl Darrington, Stephen Flaherty, Lewis Grosso, Julie Halston, Jeremy Jordan, LaChanze, Kecia Lewis, Rebecca Luker, Marin Mazzie, Sean McCourt, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessica Molaskey, Bobby Steggert and Mary Testa.
The award winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty are currently represented on Broadway with Rocky.
Nice Fighting You: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 Below was recorded live over a series of six performances last September. Winner of Broadway World’s NYC Cabaret Award for “Best Revue” of 2013, the concerts featured hits and rarities from across Ahrens and Flaherty’s storied career and offered previews of material from new shows as well.
“This double album contains some of the songs we’ve written along the way, performed by our brilliant friends and ranging from the earliest days of our collaboration until now. I still recall the hours of heated discussion, the caffeine and the enjoyment that has gone into it all,” said Ahrens.
Flaherty adds: “We’ve been having a wonderful time for the past thirty years since writing that first song---Broadway, Hollywood, the world stage---a shared life of writing in theaters. It doesn’t get better than that.”
Van Dean, co-founder of Broadway Records, mused: "“One of my most vivid theatrical memories was seeing the utterly brilliant original production of Ragtime on Broadway. It greatly enhanced my perspective on what was possible to do in theater and was a major early inspiration for my own career as a Broadway producer and co-founder of Broadway Records. It’s a truly incredible honor to work with two of my idols on this first, but long overdue, retrospective of their integral contribution to musical theater over their first three decades. I can’t wait to see what the next 30 years of their career will bring.”
We can't wait either.

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