This author talk will celebrate Waterbury's own Joan Joyce, one of the greatest female athletes of all time!
Tony Renzoni, author of Connecticut Softball Legend Joan Joyce and Keely Baisden Knudsen, co-author and star of Joan Joyce! The Musical team up to share excerpts and songs from their work.
Joan Joyce will always be known as the unbeatable pitcher for the Raybestos Brakettes and the Connecticut Falcons, whose numerous career records — including an incredible 150 no-hitters and 50 perfect games — made her the best in the game. However, she was also one of the most gifted athletes Connecticut has ever produced, as she also set records in basketball and later went on to a stellar career in the LPGA. In his book, Tony Renzoni profiled the multifaceted career of one of the country's greatest athletes.
His book also set the stage for a new musical, Joan Joyce! that premiered last summer at the Legacy Theatre in Stony Creek, CT. The musical, with book and lyrics by Keely Baisden Knudsen and Lauren Salatto-Rosenay, encourages young women to follow their dreams, never give up, and work hard to become all they can be...just like the late great Joan Joyce! Keely (in the role of Joan) and a castmate will wow the audience with a couple songs from that production.