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Michael Feinstein's Version of Song by Alumnae Earns Praise

November 30, 2009

Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford.jpgNovember 30, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Michael Feinstein's version of "Old Friend," a song written by 1957 DePauw University graduates Nancy Ford and Gretchen Cryer, is cited as a "stand out" in a Playbill review of The Power of Two, the new compact disc by Feinstein and Cheyenne Jackson. The CD "spotlights their talents, individual and combined, and will surely thrill a large audience while making new fans for both," writes Steven Suskin.

Read more at Playbill.com.

Another review by Andy Propst declares, "Feinstein's heartfelt interpretation of Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford's 'Old Friend' is a particular treat."

thepoweroftwoCD200.jpgNancy Ford and Gretchen Cryer composed the music and lyrics for shows including I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road, The American Girls Revue and Anne of Green Gables. A new musical by Ford and Cryer, Einstein and the Roosevelts, received its world premiere at DePauw in October 2008. Details can be found in this previous story.

Cryer and Ford were featured in the New York Times in April 2007.

"The two women are now 71 years old, but they still radiate the enthusiasm they've shared since they met as freshmen at DePauw University in Indiana back in 1953," wrote the Toronto Star's Richard Ouzounian of Cryer and Ford in 2007. "They were only 18 when they wrote their first show at DePauw." The collaborators have enjoyed "a career that has already spanned four rewarding decades."

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