Three-time Tony Award winning composer Charles Strouse wrote the music to some of America’s most beloved musicals, including Bye Bye Birdie, Applause and Annie.
Charles Strouse at the Eastman School of Music,
Matchbook advertising Charles Strouse, playing piano nightly in “The Pin-Up Room,” circa 1950.
The creative team behind Strouse’s first big Broadway hit, Bye Bye Birdie. (L-R): Director/choreographer Gower Champion, composer Charles Strouse, producer Ed Padula, book writer Michael Stewart and lyricist Lee Adams. 1960
The teen ensemble performs “The Telephone Hour” in Bye Bye Birdie. 1960, Martin Beck Theatre.
The creators of the musical Golden Boy at work, circa 1963. (Clockwise, from left): Lyricist Lee Adams, book writer Clifford Odets and composer Charles Strouse. Odets never lived to see the opening night.
Sammy Davis, Jr. in Golden Boy. 1964, Majestic Theatre.
Lauren Bacall in Applause. 1970, Palace Theatre.
Backstage at Annie. (L-R): Thomas Meehan (book writer),
Martin Charnin (lyricist/director), Andrea McArdle (Annie), Charles Strouse (composer), Reid Shelton (Daddy Warbucks), Peter Howard (musical director) and Sandy. Alvin Theatre, circa 1977.
Andrea McArdle, Sandy and Reid Shelton in Annie. 1979, Alvin Theatre.
The creators of Rags. (L-R): book writer Joseph Stein, composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, circa 1987.