Celebrate Charles Strouse’s 90th birthday on June 7 with an all-star concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below! Best known for his Tony Award-winning score for Annie, there may be no other living composer whose work is as integrated into the popular culture. A three-time Tony Award-winner, Charles Strouse’s music has touched the life of almost every American in the last half century. From the classic “Once Upon a Time” to the rocking score of Bye Bye Birdie (Tony Award), his celebrated songs are an essential part of the American songbook. To celebrate his 90th Birthday, an array of acclaimed performers will gather to sing the music of this legendary and remarkable composer.
A graduate of The Eastman School of Music, Charles Strouse studied composition with Aaron Copland and Nadia Boulanger. Like most composers, he found himself playing in bar rooms and strip-clubs (a particular boon for one who was to write the music for the film The Night They Raided Minsky’s). Having previously composed chamber music, two piano concertos, a string quartet, and two operas, Charles met Lee Adams, with whom he would collaborate on more than ten musicals including It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman, (Tony nomination), Golden Boy (Tony nomination), and the Tony-winning Applause. Charles has received the Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, and Leonard Bernstein awards for musical achievement. In addition to Adams, Charles has collaborated with an array of celebrated songwriters such as Alan Jay Lerner (Dance A Little Closer), Sammy Cahn (Bojangles), Stephen Schwartz (Rags), Hal David (Lady For A Day), Richard Maltby, Jr. (Nick and Nora), and more.
The concert is produced and directed by Steven Carl McCasland (assistant to Charles Strouse) with Musical Direction and Arrangements by James Horan. McCasland and Horan are the acclaimed founders of Feinstein’s/54 Below Second Act Series, which has celebrated the scores of Broadway’s most neglected musicals, including Strouse’s Charlie and Algernon, Bring Back Birdie, A Pound In Your Pocket, and many more.
The evening will feature performances by:
…and more to be announced!