San Diego Junior Theatre 2016 Advanced Musical Theatre class production of Bye, Bye Birdie.
Three-time Tony-award-winning songwriter (Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, Annie) Charles Strouse can remember attending shows at an early age with his parents and being awestruck with all the glamour. The composer of “Put on a Happy Face” (from Bye Bye Birdie), “A Lot of Living to Do,” and “Once Upon a Time” has enjoyed success on both the stage and screen. He co-wrote the opening theme for Norman Lear’s ’70s TV sitcom All in the Family titled “Those Were the Days.” Some of his collaborators included Lee Adams, Alan Jay Lerner, Martin Charnin, and Sammy Cahn.
He received a degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music and studied with Aaron Copland and Nadia Boulanger. He started his professional music career as a piano player for dance bands. Later he became a pianist for theatre rehearsals.
Bye Bye Birdie, his first and probably most-known success, was responsible for winning him his first Tony Award. The London production of the show won the London Critics' Best Foreign Musical Award. Strouse also co-wrote the 1966 musical It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman and Golden Boy starring Sammy Davis Jr. In 1970, Strouse won another Tony for Applause starring Lauren Bacall.
The caped hero with legendary superpowers comes to the stage in It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, the musical by Charles Strouse