Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens are the honorees at the 2016 Broadway Dreams gala.
Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens are the honorees at the 2016 Broadway Dreams gala.
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Anastasia songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty were honored at Broadway Dreams' annual Night of Dreams Gala, held on Monday, November 21. They received the inaugural Arts Advancement Award.

Directed by Stafford Arima, the evening included cocktails, dinner, and tribute performances honoring the recipients. Christy Altomare and Derek Klena performed "In a Crowd of Thousands" from Anastasia, set to open on Broadway on April 24. Broadway Dreams teaching artist Quentin Earl Darrington, who appeared in Ahrens and Flaherty's Ragtime, as well as recording artist Morgan James (Godspell) also performed.

Since its inception, Broadway Dreams has inspired more than 10,000 students and awarded over $1 million in needs-based scholarships nationally in such cities as New York, Los Angeles, and beyond. In doing so, a passionate and energized global community has grown, defined by the personal integrity, skilled craftsmanship, and joy that serve as the collective hallmark of a Broadway Dreams education. Point Park University was the lead sponsor of the event.