Anne of Green Gables

When ANNIE was enjoying its original 1977-1983 run, lyricist-director Martin Charnin had to replace many a girl who’d suddenly grown too tall. To soften the news, he’d take each to Rumplemeyer’s, a posh New York ice cream palace, before telling her that she was getting canned. What a shame that bookwriter-lyricist Gretchen Cryer and composer [...]

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For the past few months I’ve been writing the MTI Shows In Literature Series. Throughout the posts, I’ve tried to highlight places where the featured musicals navigate common difficulties of adaptation.  This post is part 1 in a 2 part series for writers, fans and other musical theater aficionados talking about common challenges of adapting [...]


  The ANNE OF GREEN GABLES musical has music by Nancy Ford and book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer. The musical is based on the Lucy Maud Montgomery novel that was first published in 1908. Set in the early twentieth century, the story follows 12-year old orphan Anne Shirley as she arrives at Green Gables, [...]

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When I was in elementary school, I read everything.  ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN; THE BABY-SITTERS’ CLUB; THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE; the FEAR STREET series; THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN series; Marguerite Henry’s books about horses; Brian Jacques’ REDWALL series;  if it was in my town’s public library, I read it. I’ve always been a fast [...]