All Star II 2009

Theme: Rollercoaster – Ups and Downs in the Musical Theater

Our guest speakers: Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford are best known for I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road, the first feminist musical hit, and they also wrote the American Girls musicals which ran for ten years in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The Last Sweet Days of Isaac was a big hit off-Broadway, and they wrote last year’s success, Anne of Green Gables. Between the two of them they have garnered two Emmys, an Obie, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics’ Circle Award, an Ed Kleban Award, two Jefferson Awards, a Grammy nomination, two Writers’ Guild Awards, and four honorary doctorates. They wrote Shelter for Broadway, and Now is the Time for All Good Men was the first (just by a Hair) anti-Vietnam war musical. Come hear talk of the Broadway season (Nancy and Gretchen are both Tony voters), and enjoy excerpts from all these shows plus their new musical Einstein and the Roosevelts, which is working its way to New York.

Minister: The Reverend Susie Phoenix is our minister of the week. Well known to the Isles of Shoals, Rev. Phoenix began attending All Star II as a small child with her parents. She is Interim Minister at the First Congregational Church of Lee, Massachusetts and has dual standing as a UU and UCC minister.

Chairs: Britt & David Cryer