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Charles Strouse, (born 7 June 1928), is an American composer and three-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical. June 7 is the 158th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (159th in leap years), with 207 days remaining. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... // 1940s 1949 Kiss Me, Kate - Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Bella and Samuel Spewack. ...


Charles Strouse’s music has been an integral part of American culture for over forty years. His first Broadway musical was the smash hit BYE BYE BIRDIE (written with long time collaborator Lee Adams). It won him a Tony Award for best score – his first of three – and paved the way for his next show ALL AMERICAN (book by Mel Brooks) which produced the well-known standard “Once Upon a Time” (recorded by countless vocalists, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin). Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Lee Adams (born August 14, 1924 in Mansfield, Ohio) is a Jewish-American lyricist best known for his collaboration with Charles Strouse in the musical theatre. ... Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky on May 9, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American actor, writer, director and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ... For other persons named Tony Bennett, see Tony Bennett (disambiguation). ... Bobby Darin (May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) (born Walden Robert Cassotto) was one of the most popular American big band performers and rock and roll teen idols of the late 1950s. ...


In 1964, GOLDEN BOY (starring Sammy Davis, Jr.) earned four Tony Award nominations, and in 1966, Mr. Strouse went on to write the Broadway favorite IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S SUPERMAN! (based on the popular comic strip). In 1970, APPLAUSE (starring Lauren Bacall) won Mr. Strouse his second Tony Award. In 1977, Mr. Strouse adapted another comic strip for the stage. It was the hugely popular ANNIE – which went on to become a world wide phenomenon, and garnered Mr. Strouse yet another Tony (in addition to two Grammys). Some of Mr. Strouse’s other musicals include DANCE A LITTLE CLOSER (lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner), CHARLIE & ALGERNON (Tony nomination), RAGS (Tony nomination) and NICK & NORA (Tony nomination). This biographical article needs additional references for verification. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music...


Mr. Strouse’s film scores include the classics BONNIE & CLYDE, THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN (with Henry Fonda and Kirk Douglas), THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY’S and the popular animated movie ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN. He also wrote the theme song “Those Were the Days” for the groundbreaking television show ALL IN THE FAMILY. Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch Demsky December 9, 1916) is an American actor and film producer known for his gravelly voice and his recurring roles as the kinds of characters Douglas himself once described as sons of bitches. He is also father to Hollywood actor and producer Michael Douglas. ...


Mr. Strouse’s songs have been heard on the radio throughout his career, and have run the gamut from girl-band pop to hip hop. In 1958, his song “Born Too Late” was number one on the Billboard charts, and in 1999 the quadruple platinum “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” by artist Jay-Z was the winner of a Grammy for Best Rap Album of the year & the Billboard R&B Album of the Year. Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... On January 4, 1936, Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade and on July 20, 1940 the first Music Popularity Chart was calculated. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... RAP may mean: the IATA airport code for Rapid City Regional Airport Rassemblement pour lalternative progressiste, a Québecois political party. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ...


Mr. Strouse’s writing also extends into orchestral works, chamber music, piano concertos and opera. His “Concerto America” premiered at the Boston Pops in 2004, and his opera “Nightingale” (starring Sarah Brightman) had a long and successful run in London’s West End. Orchestra at City Hall (Edmonton). ... Chamber music is a form of classical music, written for a small group of instruments which traditionally could be accommodated in a palace chamber. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... The Boston Pops Orchestra was founded in 1885 as a subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. ... // West End most commonly refers to: West End of London West End theatre West End may also refer to: West End, Queensland in Brisbane West End, Queensland (Townsville) in Townsville West End, Vancouver of Vancouver, British Columbia West End of New Westminster, in British Columbia West End, Winnipeg of Winnipeg...


A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Strouse studied under Aaron Copland and Nadia Boulanger. In 1977, he founded the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in NY (in which countless young composers and lyricists have found a forum for their work). He is the recipient of the “Richard Rodgers” as well as the “Oscar Hammerstein” Awards. He is also a member of the Theater Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Eastman School of Music (also known more simply as The Eastman School, Eastman, or ESM) is a music conservatory located in the United States. ... Aaron Copland Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer of concert and film music. ... Nadia Boulanger (September 16, 1887 – October 22, 1979) was an influential French composer, conductor, and music professor. ... The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) is an organization known as a collecting society that protects intellectual property, ensuring that music which is broadcast, commercially recorded, or otherwise used for profit, pays a fee to compensate the creators of that music. ... For more on his work with his two partners, see Rodgers and Hart and Rodgers and Hammerstein. ... There were two notable Oscar Hammersteins: Oscar Hammerstein I, cigar manufacturer, opera impresario, and theatre builder Oscar Hammerstein II, Broadway lyricist, songwriting partner of Jerome Kern and Richard Rodgers This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ...


Upcoming works by Mr. Strouse include an adaptation of the Paddy Chayevsky film MARTY starring John C. Reilly, a musical version of THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY’S, and an adaptation of Theodore Dreiser’s AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. REAL MEN (for which Mr. Strouse wrote the music and lyrics) premiered at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in January, 2005 and his musical STUDIO (for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics), premiers at Theatre Building Chicago in August, 2006. Sidney Paddy Chayefsky (January 29, 1923 - August 1, 1981) was an acclaimed dramatist who transitioned from the golden age of American live television in the 1950s to have a successful career as a playwright and screenwriter for Hollywood. ... John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Theodore Dreiser, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1933 Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser (August 27, 1871 – December 28, 1945) was an American naturalist author known for dealing with the gritty reality of life. ...


Mr. Strouse is married to director-choreographer Barbara Siman. They have 4 children: Benjamin, Nicholas, Victoria, and William.


Musicals

Bye Bye Birdie is a Tony Award-winning musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. ... All American is a musical with a book by Mel Brooks, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. ... Original Broadway poster Golden Boy is a musical with a book by Clifford Odets and William Gibson, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. ... Its A Bird, Its A Plane, Its Superman is a musical with music Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams, with a book by David Newman and Robert Benson. ... Applause is a musical of 1970, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams, and book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. ... For other uses, see All About Eve (disambiguation). ... Annie is a musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. ... Bring Back Birdie is a musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. ... Dance a Little Closer is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Charles Strouse. ... Rags is a musical with a book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and music by Charles Strouse. ... Nick & Nora is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. ... Original cast recording Annie Warbucks, a sequel to the 1977 Tony Award-winning hit Annie, is a musical with a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin. ...

Films

The musical play Bye Bye Birdie was made into a film starring Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke and Ann-Margret in 1963; Annie was filmed in 1982, and again for television in 1999. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) is a film about Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, bank robbers who roamed the central United States during the Great Depression. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The Night They Raided Minskys is a 1968 film that purports to show the story of how striptease was invented at Minskys Burlesque circa 1927. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994), was an Academy Award winning American composer, conductor and arranger. ... There Was a Crooked Man. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Ishtar is a 1987 motion picture comedy, directed by Elaine May and starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty as Rogers and Clarke, a duo of incredibly untalented lounge singers who stumble into a political conflict in the fictional North African nation of Ishtar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Bye Bye Birdie is a Tony Award-winning musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. ... Janet Leigh (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), born Jeanette Helen Morrison, was an American actress. ... Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an Emmy-Award winning American actor of film, stage, and screen, comedian and dancer. ... Ann-Margret Ann-Margret (born April 28, 1941) is a Swedish-born actress and singer. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Annie is a musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...


External links


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Broadway: The American Musical . Stars Over Broadway . Charles Strouse | PBS (527 words)
When Strouse graduated from the Eastman School of Music he intended to make a career in the classical field, and studied for a time with Aaron Copland.
As for Strouse and Adams' shows, "All American" (1962), a musical about college football, failed to score heavily, but "Golden Boy" (1964) lasted for 569 performances on the sheer strength of Sammy Davis Jr.'s appeal.
It was four years before Strouse and Adams took off again with "Applause," their second big hit, which ran for over two years, and, like "Golden Boy," had a gilt-edged box office star in Lauren Bacall.
Charles Strouse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (357 words)
Charles Strouse, (born 7 June 1928), is a Jewish-American composer and three-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical.
Strouse is also the creator of the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop and co-writer of the 1958 top-ten hit Born Too Late with Fred Tobias.
Charles Strouse recently reunited with old lyricist partner Lee Adams on a charming musicalization of the movie Marty, which starred John C. Reilly in its 2002 world premiere in Boston.
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