On April 3 The New York Pops presented Once Upon a Time and Tomorrow: The Best of Charles Strouse, a Carnegie Hall concert that paid tribute to the Tony Award-winning composer of Annie, Applause and Bye Bye Birdie.
Featuring The New York Pops — conducted by Martin Yates — the concert included performances by Gregg Edelman, Tony winner Debbie Gravitte, Rebecca Luker, Karen Mason, Emma Rowley and Eric Jordan Young. Charles Strouse, who turned 80 June 7, 2008, won Best Score Tony Awards for Annie (with lyricist Martin Charnin) and Applause (with Lee Adams). His other musicals include Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman!", Bring Back Birdie, Annie Warbucks, Golden Boy, A Broadway Musical, I and Albert, Charlie and Algernon, Rags, Dance a Little Closer and All American.