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Born: September 18, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: composer, music producer, arranger, pianist

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Once he saw a stage production of "Godspell" at the age of 12, Stephen Flaherty knew he wanted to be a composer and within two years was trying to write his own stage shows. He enrolled at the Cincinnati College Conservatory and encountered Lehman Engel, the famed composer-conductor and administrator of the BMI musical theater workshop in NYC. Over a two year period, Flaherty remained in touch with Engel with the goal of joining the workshop once he had graduated. Engel's 1982 death was not a deterrent and Flaherty managed to talk his way into the workshop without going through the audition process. He was then introduced to songwriter and TV producer Lynn Ahrens and a partnership was born.

Once he saw a stage production of "Godspell" at the age of 12, Stephen Flaherty knew he wanted to be a composer and within two years was trying to write his own stage shows. He enrolled at the Cincinnati College Conservatory and encountered Lehman Engel, the famed composer-conductor and administrator of the BMI musical theater workshop in NYC. Over a two year period, Flaherty remained in touch with Engel with the goal of joining the workshop once he had graduated. Engel's 1982 death was not a deterrent and Flaherty managed to talk his way into the workshop without going through the audition process. He was then introduced to songwriter and TV producer Lynn Ahrens and a partnership was born.

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Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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At age 12, saw his first musical (a production of "Godspell")
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Attempted to write a musical at age 14
1982:
Moved to NYC after college
1982:
Introduced to Lynn Ahrens at the BMI musical theater workshop
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With Ahrens, wrote a musical version of the 1967 film "Bedazzled" for which they could not obtain the stage rights
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First professional production, a one-hour children's musical based on "The Emperor's New Clothes"; premiered at TheaterworksUSA
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Played in piano bars and for nightclub acts to support himself
1988:
Contributed the song "Friendly Neighborhood" to the Marlo Thomas TV special "Free To Be ... a Family" (ABC)
1988:
"Lucky Stiff", the first adult musical by the team, produced at Playwrights Horizons
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Began to entertain offers from film studios to provide song scores for animated films
1990:
Breakthrough stage success, "Once on This Island"; musical transferred to Broadway from Playwrights Horizons; nominated for eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score (Flaherty and Ahrens)
1992:
Wrote the score to Ahrens' lyrics for the stage adaptation of "My Favorite Year"; show was a financial failure
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Were one of 10 songwriting teams to submit material for consideration to write the score for a stage musical based on E L Doctorow's novel "Ragtime"
1996:
"Ragtime" opened in Toronto
1997:
First motion picture credit, the song score for the animated musical "Anastasia"
1998:
"Ragtime" opened on Broadway
1999:
With Ahrens, wrote the score to the stage musical "Seussical", adapted from the stories of Dr. Seuss; produced on Broadway in 2000
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Education

University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music: Cincinnati , Ohio - 1982

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companion:
Trevor Hardwick. Actor, former banker. English; together since 1991.

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