MTI is thrilled to celebrate the continuous collaboration of theatrical authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Winners of Broadway’s triple crown – the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award, as well as Grammy, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, Ahrens’ and Flaherty’s longstanding partnership is a testament to their talent, creativity and friendship.
In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Ahrens and Flaherty collaboration and collection, Myrna and Freddie Gershon hosted a full house at 54 Below on September 26th to kick off the first of six sold-out performances featuring special guest artists.
Joining Lynn and Steve for the first night of festivities were Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway, LaChanze, Kecia Lewis, Sean McCourt, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Mary Testa.
The Gershons packed the house with friends, family and MTI staff who were all on hand to bask in the glow of Lynn and Steve's incredible career achievements. Freddie and Myrna also designed a special 3-D cake and provided Champagne for all the guests to toast the duo, who thanked Myrna and Freddie from the stage for their generous support.
Special guests of the Gershons included Benj Pasek (A Christmas Story, Dogfight, Edges and James and the Giant Peach), New York City ArtsConnection's Steve and Jane Tennen, Renee and Karl Landegger, David De Silva (author of FAME) and Sol Stern, Jean Claude Baker (Chez Josephine), Ronnie Shuster (Principal, P94, The Spectrum School), Kathy Dowd Ciric (NYC Department of Education), the Manhattan Theatre Club's Florie Seery, New-York Historical Society's Sharon Dunn and “That's Kentertainment” Ken Kleiber.