By Strouse! Library of Congress Acquires Charles Strouse Papers | Playbill

News By Strouse! Library of Congress Acquires Charles Strouse Papers
Tony Award-winning composer Charles Strouse presented his papers to the Library of Congress in a May 14 ceremony.
Charles Strouse
Charles Strouse

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington formally accepted the gift. The papers include the original music manuscripts for Strouse's many stage productions — including Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Applause and Golden Boy — as well as the original music manuscript for the "All in the Family" theme song, "Those Were the Days." Other donations include vintage cast recordings of Strouse shows and a poster from Broadway's Golden Boy.

The Library also houses the collections of George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lorenz Hart, Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner, Leonard Bernstein and Irving Berlin.

Charles Strouse, who will turn 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.

Strouse's memoir, "Put on a Happy Face," will be published by Sterling Publishing in July.

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