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Gretchen Cryer '57 Among Award-Winning Writers Teaming on Hats!

September 21, 2006

Gretchen Cryer 2.jpgSeptember 21, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Gretchen Cryer, a 1957 graduate of DePauw University, is among the songwriters making contributions to Hats!, which has its world premiere next month at the New Denver Civic Center in Colorado. Others who have written for the musical include Grammy Award-winners Melissa Manchester and Pam Tillis, two-time Tony Award winner Doug Besterman, and Kathie Lee Gifford. The production is directed by Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett.

Dubbed "a musical for the rest of your life... Hats!, according to press notes, concerns a '49.999 year old woman who reluctantly faces the inevitable big five-O birthday until she meets several remarkable Red Hat Society women who show her about fun and friendship after 50,'" notes an article in Playbill.

Adds Broadway World.com, "The Red Hat Society is a self-proclaimed dis-organization for women over 50 Gretchen and Jon Cryer.jpgfrom all walks of life who come together for one reason: to have fun. Since its creation in 1998, The Red Hat Society has created a worldwide sisterhood by forming more than 40,000 chapters across all 50 states, and in 30 countries, including Canada, Australia, Mexico, and as far as Japan and Egypt."

"We are thrilled to be creating this musical. In doing so we have come to learn of the importance of The Red Hat Society and the message of joy and goodwill that they bring to their members," says Hats! producer Mitchell Maxwell. "The organization has clearly touched a nerve in the public's imagination. These women are a powerful, positive force in today's world. Our musical will allow their message and spirit to reach greater numbers through this theatrical production." (at right: Gretchen Cryer with her son, actor Jon Cryer)

Access the Playbill story here, and Broadway World by clicking here. Learn more about Hats! at the Denver Civic Theatre's Web site.

Gretchen Cryer and her DePauw classmate and longtime collaborator Nancy Ford '57 have teamed to create another new musical, Anne of Green Gables, which is set to premiere in New York next March. Read more in this previous story.

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