"Theater Talk" Salutes Annie Composer Strouse Sept. 19 and 26

News   "Theater Talk" Salutes Annie Composer Strouse Sept. 19 and 26
"Theater Talk" — the PBS talk show that offers interviews with top theatre practitioners — will offer a two-part tribute to Tony Award-winning composer Charles Strouse, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday.
Charles Strouse
Charles Strouse

The first of the two-part interview with Strouse, who will be featured at the piano, will air Sept. 19. The composer will perform Bye Bye Birdie's "Put on a Happy Face" and Golden Boy's "I Want to Be With You." He will also offer some of his earlier, lesser-known tunes that helped launch his career. The second part of the interview, which will air Sept. 26, will feature songs from the blockbuster hit Annie, including "Easy Street," "NYC" and the show's uplifting anthem, "Tomorrow."

For a preview of the Strouse interview, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAoIyxF59bc.

Charles Strouse, who turned 80 June 7, 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.

Theater Talk" airs on WNET/Thirteen late-night Fridays at 12:30 AM ET; check local listings.

"Theater Talk" is hosted by New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel and producer Susan Haskins. For more information visit www.theatertalk.org.

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