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Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford first met and began to collaborate while students at DePauw University in Indiana. Later, they created a musical which was produced at Boston University while Miss Cryer was working on her Master's degree at Radcliffe. Now Is The Time For All Good Men, which was mounted at the Theatre de Lys in 1967, (in which Miss Cryer played the leading role and Miss Ford understudied all the women's roles) was their first New York production. It was followed by the off-Broadway hit The Last Sweet Days Of Isaac, which starred Austin Pendleton and whihc won an Obie Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama Desk Award and the Variety Poll. Though they are the first female team to have successfully collaborated to create for the musical theatre, each is a very versatile talent. Nancy Ford, who is married to actor Keith Charles, has played the piano for such musicals as The Fantasticks and Brecht On Brecht and also wrote dialouge for a daytime soap opera.

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Original Off-Broadway Production, 1978
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Nancy Ford Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 1979 - Outstanding Music

Nancy Ford, I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road

Drama Desk Awards - 1970 - Most Promising Playwright

Nancy Ford, The Last Sweet Days of Isaac

Obie Awards - 1970 - Best Musical

Nancy Ford, The Last Sweet Days of Isaac

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Brooklyn Public Library and Friends of George's Will Receive 2023 Dramatists Legal Defense Fund Defender Awards

The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (DLDF) has announced the recipients of 2023 Defender Awards. By refusing to succumb to the banning of books and drag performances, both recipients are leaders in the fight against censorship and the repression of free speech that has overtaken parts of the country.

Samuel D. Hunter, Sanaz Toossi and More Receive 2023 Dramatists Guild Awards

The Dramatists Guild of America has announced the first recipients of their 2023 Awards. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of VANITIES - THE MUSICAL At The York Theatre Company

See photos from opening night of Vanities - The Musical at The Theatre at St. Jean's.  

Hudson Theatre Works 'Theatre On The Edge' Presents A Workshop Production of SON OF ZEUS By and Starring Jimmy Georgiades

'Son Of Zeus' is one man's journey into the struggles and legacy of his family. A journey fraught with excessive male dominance and abuse.  As the son of a violent Greek immigrant who abused his mother, and the stepson of a mobster incarcerated for armed robbery and manslaughter, can Jimmy exorcise the demons and forge his own path?  

Barbara Bleier & Austin Pendleton Welcome Some OLD FRIENDS! To Pangea May 2nd and 9th

Cabaret Darlings Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton return to Pangea with some OLD FRIENDS!

Bre Jackson, Gizel Jimenez, Abby Mueller, Blake Stadnik, Alysha Umphress, And More To Celebrate Maestra Music, March 27

Maestra Music, the Obie Award winning not-for-profit organization founded by Georgia Stitt and supporting the women and nonbinary musicians in the musical theater industry, announces Amplify 2023, its third annual concert and community event on Monday, March 27, 2023 at 8 pm.

Kate Baldwin, Abby Mueller, Gizel Jimenez & More to Join Maestra Music's AMPLIFY 2023

Maestra Music will present Amplify 2023, its third annual concert and community event on Monday, March 27, 2023 at 8 pm. See which Broadway stars are taking part, and how to purchase tickets!

Album Review: CRYER & FORD HIDDEN TREASURES, 1967-2020 Represents Past Glories & Present Triumphs From Musical Theatre's First Feminist Team

There is so much on this album that makes it well worth the time and expense to have it in our collections.

Broadway Streaming Guide: January 2023 - Where to Watch Pamela Anderson's Documentary & More

Although it may be a new year, a few classics are returning to streaming services, giving Broadway fans the perfect throwback binge list, plus some exciting new cast recordings that will start your new year off right!

Hedgerow Theatre Launches 100th Anniversary With Special One-Night Only Engagement Of LOVE LETTERS

This January, Hedgerow Theatre Company kicks off its 100th Anniversary with a one-night only engagement performed by and directed by Hedgerow legends. Broadway favorite Austin Pendleton and Hedgerow's award-winning Artistic Director Emeritus Penelope Reed team up to perform a one-night only engagement of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters with celebrated director William Roudebush on Saturday, January 7 at 7 pm.

Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan, Rosal Colon & More to Star in BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY on Broadway

Second Stage Theater has announced casting for the Broadway debut production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, directed by Austin Pendleton. The production will star Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan, Rosal Colon and more.

Second Stage Announces Two New Plays, Featuring First Female Native American Playwright Produced on Broadway

Second Stage Theater has announced two new productions for its upcoming 2022-23 Season. Tony Award-nominee Bess Wohl will return to the Tony Kiser Theater (305 West 43rd Street) this Fall with the New York premiere of CAMP SIEGFRIED. Spring 2023 will see the Broadway premiere of Larissa FastHorse's THE THANKSGIVING PLAY,

André De Shields, Ali Ewoldt & More to Take Part in Prospect Theater Company's Spring Gala

Prospect Theater Company announced today that its annual Spring Gala will feature performances and special appearances by Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award winner André De Shields; Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera); Drama Desk Award winner Gretchen Cryer; Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Nick Corley and more.

BWW Review: With A WOMAN'S PREROGATIVE at Don't Tell Mama, Marnie Klar Looks At Years of Groovy Women... Including Herself

Inspired by Bobbie Gentry, Marnie Klar has done a deep dive into the works of the women of song, the result being a concert that spans the decades.

Charlotte Moore Announces New Album SOME COMFORT HERE

Charlotte Moore has announced the release of her new album Some Comfort Here, in digital format on Nov 12, 2021. Moore will celebrate the release of the album with a concert at The Medley on Thurs, Nov 11, 2021, accompanied by Mark Camilleri who also produced, engineered, mastered and accompanied on the album.

Photos: Inside Opening Night of BLUE ROSES at The York Theatre

Directed by Austin Pendleton (Fiddler on the Roof) and with music direction by Nancy Ford (I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road), the cast of four will feature Anita Gillette (Moonstruck) as Amanda Wingfield, Piper Goodeve (Anne of Green Gables) as Laura Wingfield, Jeff Kready (Tootsie) as Jim O'Connor, and Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera) as Tom Wingfield.

BWW Review: HALEY SWINDAL: BACK IN BUSINESS Is How It's Done at 54 Below

Haley Swindal (Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde, White Christmas) is a performer in the old sense, the kind who would have been right at home in the age of television variety shows. Her engaging personality is big, but not intimidating. She commands attention without being consciously flashy about it. She has what used to be called in the old days “stage presence.” Before the pandemic, she impressed Broadway audiences as one of the youngest women to play Matron Mama Morton in Chicago. She definitely has some of the swagger and chutzpah of that “Countess of the Clink.” But underneath it lies a sensitive, nurturing, sexy woman who is completely comfortable downstage center. In short, Haley Swindal is the life of the party.

New York Premiere Benefit Concert of BLUE ROSES to be Presented by York Theatre Company

The York Theatre Company will present a benefit New York premiere concert performance of the new musical Blue Roses, with book and lyrics by Mimi Turque and music by Nancy Ford, based on The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. 

York Theatre Company's 'Uniquely York! Auction 2021: What I Bid for Love' Now Accepting Bids

The York Theatre Company has launched The York’s Uniquely York! Auction 2021: What I Bid for Love. The online auction is now open and accepting bids through August 31, 2021.


Nancy Ford has written 4 shows including Now Is the Time for All Good Men (Composer), The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (Composer), Shelter (Composer), I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road (Composer).

Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road Most Promising Playwright (Drama Desk Awards) for The Last Sweet Days of Isaac and Best Musical (Obie Awards) for The Last Sweet Days of Isaac .

Most Promising Playwright (Drama Desk Awards) for The Last Sweet Days of Isaacand Best Musical (Obie Awards) for The Last Sweet Days of Isaac.

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