Charles Strouse


Composer

About

Born
June 07, 1928

Biography

Charles Strouse was most commonly known for his impressive musical talents. He wrote the opera "The Future of the American Musical Theater," presented at the Northwood Institute, Midland, Michigan campus. In 1977, he directed the ASCAP workshop for young composers in NY. Strouse began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like "The Mating Game" (1959), "Bonnie and Cl...

Notes

Honored with an award from the Northwood Institute for his "outstanding achievements in the arts" (1991)

Strouse has lectured at the Northwood Institue in Dallas.

Biography

Charles Strouse was most commonly known for his impressive musical talents. He wrote the opera "The Future of the American Musical Theater," presented at the Northwood Institute, Midland, Michigan campus. In 1977, he directed the ASCAP workshop for young composers in NY. Strouse began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like "The Mating Game" (1959), "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) with Warren Beatty and the western "There Was a Crooked Man" (1970) with Kirk Douglas. His music also appeared in the comedy "Just Tell Me What You Want" (1980) with Ali MacGraw. Strouse won a Primetime Emmy Award for "Bye Bye Birdie" in 1996. Strouse won a Musical Tony Award in 1970. Strouse was nominated for an Original Song BAFTA Award for "Annie" in 1982. In the eighties and the nineties, Strouse's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like "All Dogs Go to Heaven" (1989) with Dom DeLuise, "Jungle Fever" (1991) and the Danny Aiello action film "29th Street" (1991). His work was also in "Year of the Comet" (1992) with Penelope Ann Miller. Strouse's music was also featured in the comedy "Edtv" (1999) with Matthew McConaughey, the action flick "Pushing Tin" (1999) with John Cusack and the Meg Ryan dramatic adaptation "Hanging Up" (2000). His music was also featured in the dramatic adaptation "Kissing Jessica Stein" (2002) with Jennifer Westfeldt and the Mike Myers smash hit comedy sequel "Austin Powers in Goldmember" (2002). Strouse's music was most recently used in "Charlie Bartlett" (2008). Strouse had two children.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Life After Tomorrow (2006)

Writer (Feature Film)

Annie (2014)
Source Material

Music (Feature Film)

Deadpool 2 (2018)
Song
The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
Song
The Post (2017)
Song
Annie (2014)
Music
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Song
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Song
Fred Claus (2007)
Song
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2006)
Song
Just Like Heaven (2005)
Song
Shrek 2 (2004)
Song
Beyond the Sea (2004)
Song
Secondhand Lions (2003)
Song
School of Rock (2003)
Song
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Song
Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
Song
Hanging Up (2000)
Song
Ed TV (1999)
Song
Pushing Tin (1999)
Song
You've Got Mail (1998)
Song
Fathers' Day (1997)
Song
Annie: A Royal Adventure (1995)
Music
Bye Bye Birdie (1995)
Music
Serial Mom (1994)
Song
Life with Mikey (1993)
Song
Dave (1993)
Song
Year Of The Comet (1992)
Song
Jungle Fever (1991)
Song
29th Street (1991)
Song
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Song
Ishtar (1987)
Music
Off Beat (1986)
Song
The Worst Witch (1986)
Song
Annie (1982)
Music
Portrait of a Showgirl (1982)
Music
Just Tell Me What You Want (1980)
Music
There Was a Crooked Man ... (1970)
Music
There Was a Crooked Man ... (1970)
Composer
The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)
Music
The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)
Composer
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Music Composition
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Composer
The Mating Game (1959)
Composer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Worst Witch (1986)
Other

Cast (Special)

Music By Richard Rodgers (1990)
The Songwriters Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music (1989)
Performer
An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner (1989)
The Music Makers: An ASCAP Celebration of American Music at Wolf Trap (1987)
Liberty Weekend (1986)
Broadway Plays Washington! (1982)

Music (Special)

Taxicab Confessions: New York, New York (2003)
Song
Challenge to America (1994)
Title Music
All in the Family 20th Anniversary Special (1991)
Theme Song
Night of 100 Stars III (1990)
Song Performer
Night of 100 Stars III (1990)
Song
An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner (1989)
Song Performer
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman (1975)
Original Music
Applause (1973)
Songs

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile the Musical: The House on East 88th Street (1987)
Voice

Music (TV Mini-Series)

A Child's Garden of Verses (1992)
Songs
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (1990)
Music
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile the Musical: The House on East 88th Street (1987)
Songs

Life Events

1977

Directed the ASCAP workshop for young composers in NY

Videos

Movie Clip

Annie (1982) -- I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here A bigger-still production number, shot inside Wilson Hall, Monmouth University in Long Branch, NJ, John Huston directing with choreography by Arlene Phillips to a tune by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin from the original Broadway hit, Aileen Quinn (title character) supported by Anne Reinking (as Miss Farrell) and other members of the Warbucks household, in Annie, 1982.
Annie (1982) -- Sign! Having warmed to the title character (the orphan whom he originally meant to adopt for just one week), wealthy Oliver Warbucks (Albert Finney) pressures the orphanage boss (Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan) to sign the deal, but she has her own agenda, in Annie, 1982, song by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin.
Annie (1982) -- It's The Hard-Knock Life Immediately following the restrained first number, the girls (Aileen Queen the “Little Orphan” title character, Toni Ann Gisondi as little Molly) have scared up their minder, Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan, director John Huston exercising a tight grip in his first musical, song by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, choreography by Arlene Phillips, production design by Dale Hennesy, in producer Ray Stark’s Annie, 1982.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) - The Ed Sullivan Song Silly bit about turtle eggs sets up Paul Lynde (as "Mr McAfee") and family (Mary LaRoche, Ann-Margret, Bryan Russell) in Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' tune, formally titled "Hymn For A Sunday Evening," in Bye Bye Birdie, 1963.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) - Conrad Birdie Pledge Conrad Birdie (Jesse Pearson) rides into town where Ursula (Trudie Ames) and Kim (Ann-Margret) recite the Conrad Birdie Pledge and the townsfolk (Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Bobby Rydell, Paul Lynde, etc.) reel in Bye Bye Birdie, 1963.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) - Goin' Steady The song is really called "The Telephone Hour," by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams but it's all about "Goin' Steady" in this wild technical sequence from director George Sidney's Bye Bye Birdie, 1963.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) - Put On a Happy Face Albert (Dick Van Dyke) uses animation and "Put On a Happy Face" by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams to cheer up fiance` Rosie (Janet Leigh) in director George Sidney's Bye Bye Birdie, 1963.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) - Honestly Sincere Conrad Birdie (Jesse Pearson) slays the town with his rendition of "Honestly Sincere" by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, especially Kim (Ann-Margret) and Ursula (Trudi Ames), in George Sidney's Bye Bye Birdie, 1963.

Family

Nicholas Strouse
Son
Actor.
Victoria Strouse
Daughter
Screenwriter.

Bibliography

Notes

Honored with an award from the Northwood Institute for his "outstanding achievements in the arts" (1991)

Strouse has lectured at the Northwood Institue in Dallas.

Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2001.