Photo Coverage: Applause for the Golden Boy - The Music of Charles Strouse

March 29
10:42 AM 2006
The American Musicals Project hosted their annual benefit concert, "Applause for the Golden Boy: The Music of Charles Strouse," last night, March 27th at the New York Historical Society.

Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), Alexander Gemignani (Sweeney Todd), Daniel Reichard (Jersey Boys), Michael Gruber and other stars showcased Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Applause and other works by Charles Strouse, who made a special appearance that evening.

Proceeds for the event, directed by Scott Alan Evans, went to The American Musicals Project, a teacher-training program and Social Studies/English Language Arts curriculum that exposes 7th and 8th graders in over 400 schools to American musical theatre.

For more information about The American Musicals Project, visit

Lillian Johnson, Coleman McCartan, Andrew Semadeni,
Patricia Ceballos, Michael Lanning, and Julie Lanning

Bill Beekman (Trustee), Byron Wien (Trustee), and Bunny Beekman (Producer)

Dr. Louise Mirrer (Pres. NYHS) and Joseph Berger (NY Times)

Beth Dater (Trustee) and Nancy Newcomb (Co-chair of the Board of Trustees)

Mary Ascheim (Board of American Musicals Project),
Robert Ascheim, Mariam and Truman Bidwell

Alan Levenstein (Chairman of The American Musicals Project) begins the evening

Grant Wenaus (Piano accompanist)

Michael Gruber, Nancy Anderson, Daniel Reichard,
Monique French, and Alexander Gemignani

Daniel Reichard

Victoria Clark

Daniel Reichard and Monique French

Michael Gruber and Nancy Anderson

Alexander Gemignani

Michael Gruber

Nancy Anderson

The man of the evening, Charles Strouse

Victoria Clark

Charles Strouse (center) joins Alexander Gemignani and Victoria Clark in song

Charles Strouse joins the company for the finale!

Nancy Anderson and Victoria Clark

Michael Gruber and Daniel Reichard

Rick Elise and Joey Dudding

Adrienne Cupper (Director of Education) and
Alan Levenstein (Chairman of The American Musicals Project)

Charles Strouse and Daniel Reichard

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.

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