Charles Strouse News

Date of Birth: June 07, 1928 (87)
Birth Place: New York, NY, USA
Gender: Male
ANNIE National Tour Coming to the Paramount Theatre, 9/20-26ANNIE National Tour Coming to the Paramount Theatre, 9/20-26
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount is proud to announce that the new U.S. National Tour of ANNIE will play Seattle's Paramount Theatre from September 20-26, 2015.   Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award-winning original. Tickets for the engagement are available on-line at stgpresents.org and tickets.com, by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849) or in person at select Ticketmaster locations and at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm). (more...)

Actors Co-op to Present Stephen Schwartz's THE BAKER'S WIFE, Opening 9/18Actors Co-op to Present Stephen Schwartz's THE BAKER'S WIFE, Opening 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

Actors Co-op (Ovation Award-Winner 2015 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for 110 in the Shade) is thrilled to announce the first show in its 2015-2016 season (and 24th year of producing theatrical excellence in Los Angeles!) with THE BAKER'S WIFE, book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof, Zorba), music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell), musical direction by Jake Anthony, choreography by Julie Hall, produced by Kimi Walker and directed by Ovation Award-winner Richard Israel (110 in the Shade, Floyd Collins). THE BAKER'S WIFE will preview on Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17 at 8pm and will open on Friday, September 18 at 8pm and run through Sunday, October 25 at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood. (more...)

'NICE WORK,' THE 39 STEPS & More Set for Theatre at the Center's 2016 Season'NICE WORK,' THE 39 STEPS & More Set for Theatre at the Center's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

One of the Midwest's leading, professional equity theaters, Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, is gearing up for an exciting 2016 season filled with a rich array of productions from Hitchcock remakes to Gershwin-filled musicals to Annie sequels. The season kicks off in February with the thrilling and fast-paced play Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS. This Tony Award-winning comedic spoof of the Alfred Hitchcock 1935 film runs February 18 to March 20. The champagne flows and the gin fizzes May 5 through June 5 with the Chicago area premiere of George and Ira Gershwin's new musical hit NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, the hilarious musical comedy set in the Roaring Twenties. When two newly single men find themselves as roommates, all hell hilariously breaks loose in Neil Simon's classic THE ODD COUPLE, running July 14 to August 14. Catch all the unexpected action of six friends in small town North Carolina September 15 through October 16 with the popular Rock 'n' Roll, Blue Grass, Countrified musical revue, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES. Annie's story didn't end where you thought it did. Find out what really happened with Daddy Warbucks' quest to remain with the newly-adopted Annie in the sequel to ANNIE, ANNIE WARBUCKS, running November 17 through December 18. (more...)

BWW Feature: Escape the Dog Days of Summer w/ Our Favorite Animal ShowtunesBWW Feature: Escape the Dog Days of Summer w/ Our Favorite Animal Showtunes
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 23, 2015

While August is quickly winding down, much of the country is still engulfed in an oppressive summer heat. Whether or not it's global warming (it's global warming), there is no escaping the Dog Days of Summer. So, for our monthly feature, Jeff Walker and I made the only tangentially related leap to take a look at our favorite showtunes about animals, dogs or otherwise. Take a look at what we came up with, and share yours in the comments below. (more...)

BROADWAY 4D Project Back on Its Feet with New Producers?BROADWAY 4D Project Back on Its Feet with New Producers?
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

BroadwayWorld has learned that veteran Hollywood producers-entrepreneurs, Elie Samaha and Donald Kushner, are re-launching the much ballyhooed BROADWAY 4D film project and attraction, which was put on a hold a year ago by its original producers. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ROCKWELL'S Classic Evening of Broadway a Stellar EndeavorBWW Reviews: ROCKWELL'S Classic Evening of Broadway a Stellar Endeavor
by Don Grigware - Aug 12, 2015

Proving once and for all that concerts need not be serious or dull, Fraser Entertainment Group's 9th installment of A Classic Evening of Broadway bowed at Rockwell Table and Stage on Monday, August 10 to a packed audience of enthusiastic show tune fans. And it was an uber delightful show! Musical director Brad Ellis, best known for TV's Glee and Broadway's Forbidden Broadway, is outrageous fun and his witty repartee at the piano serving as introduction to each of the guest singers was a big plus to the evening's seemingly spontaneous entertainment. Yes, indeed, the ambiance was so casual in the 90-minute set that it was as if we were all sitting on Ellis's private patio sipping drinks and listening to this musical genius create something fresh, for the very first time. He took lots of risks as in his exuberant opener, Peter Allen's 'Everything Old Is New Again'...and motivated each and every singer to join right in and follow his lead. And what a bevy of super-talented performers were on hand, including Valerie Perri, Barbara Minkus, Kevin Odekirk, Damon Kirsche, Jahmaul Bakare, Elizabeth Hayden and even producer Dianne Fraser, whom Ellis referred to as the series' empresario. (more...)

Liz Callaway & Jason Graae to Play The RRazz Room This MonthLiz Callaway & Jason Graae to Play The RRazz Room This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

The RRazz Room New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road New Hope PA, presents Happily Ever Laughter featuring LIZ CALLAWAY and JASON GRAAE and Alex Rybeck, Musical Director, Saturday, August 15. (more...)

CALL MY PUBLICIST Encore Set for York Theatre Company, 8/20CALL MY PUBLICIST Encore Set for York Theatre Company, 8/20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2015

Get the inside scoop!  Due to popular demand, The York Theatre Company, as part of its acclaimed Developmental Readings Series, will present the return one-night performance of Call My Publicist! - The Starry Education of a Broadway Press Agent, written and performed by Joshua Ellis and directed by Gretchen Cryer, on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (Entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).  The reading is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.00. (more...)

Theodore Bikel Tribute Concert Set for 54 Below, 8/5Theodore Bikel Tribute Concert Set for 54 Below, 8/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, and KulturfestNYC, the citywide week-long summer mega-festival that brought in over 50,000 attendees, present "Another Hundred Years" on Wednesday, August 5th at 9:30pm. (more...)

Dallas Theater Center to Host Fall Celebration for Broadway-Bound 'MOONSHINE'Dallas Theater Center to Host Fall Celebration for Broadway-Bound 'MOONSHINE'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

Dallas Theater Center announced today details for its upcoming MOONSHINE Celebration, which will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Co-Chairs Brice Beaird, Elle Oberdick and Dan Waldmann, along with Honorary Chairs Lyn Muse and Kim Sheffield, will welcome guests to be among the first to experience DTC's newest Broadway-bound production MOONSHINE: That Hee Haw Musical at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater. (more...)

Review: ANNIE, 'A Hard Knock Life' is in Charlotte's Belk TheaterReview: ANNIE, 'A Hard Knock Life' is in Charlotte's Belk Theater
by Linda Ann Watt - Jul 18, 2015

Don't miss your chance to see ANNIE in Charlotte. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the AMAZING GRACE's Opening Night Theatre ArrivalsPhoto Coverage: Inside the AMAZING GRACE's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals
by Walter McBride - Jul 17, 2015

Broadway's new musical Amazing Grace officially opened last night, July 16, at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). The cast features Tony Award nominee Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Tony Award winnerChuck Cooper, Tom Hewitt, Chris Hoch,Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Rachael Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the opening night theatre arrivals below! (more...)

Elaine C Smith to Appear in ANNIE at Edinburgh PlayhouseElaine C Smith to Appear in ANNIE at Edinburgh Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce that Elaine C Smith will play the role of 'Miss Hannigan' in their brand new production of the musical "ANNIE" when the show plays the Edinburgh Playhouse (16 - 21 May). Listings detailed below. www.anniethemusicaltour.uk (more...)

Elaine C Smith to Appear in ANNIE at King's Theatre GlasgowElaine C Smith to Appear in ANNIE at King's Theatre Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2015

Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce that Elaine C Smith will play the role of 'Miss Hannigan' in their brand new production of the musical 'ANNIE' when the show plays the King's Theatre Glasgow (8 - 20 February 2016), His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen (9 - 14 May 2016) and Edinburgh Playhouse (16 - 21 May). Listings detailed below. www.anniethemusicaltour.uk (more...)

York Theatre Company to Honor Stage & Screen Legend Angela Lansbury at 2015 GalaYork Theatre Company to Honor Stage & Screen Legend Angela Lansbury at 2015 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

The York Theatre Company  will honor the legendary Angela Lansbury with the 2015 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre on Monday, November 16, 2015 at Guastavino's, BroadwayWorld has learned. (more...)

Lynn Rockwell Stars as 'Mae Peterson' in Leddy Center's BYE BYE BIRDIE, 7/10-26Lynn Rockwell Stars as 'Mae Peterson' in Leddy Center's BYE BYE BIRDIE, 7/10-26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

Director Elaine Gatchell is proud to present the first rock musical ever to play on Broadway, Charles Strouse's Bye Bye Birdie, July 10- July 26, at the air-conditioned, all accessible Leddy Center on Ladd's Lane in Epping. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: USA, USA! HAMILTON, 1776 & Many More Patriotic MusicalsFLASH FRIDAY: USA, USA! HAMILTON, 1776 & Many More Patriotic Musicals
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 3, 2015

Today we are shining a solo spotlight on the historically-based musicals celebrating American figures in honor of July 4! (more...)

UK Tour of ANNIE Announces Full Cast, Featuring Lesley Joseph & Craig Revel HorwoodUK Tour of ANNIE Announces Full Cast, Featuring Lesley Joseph & Craig Revel Horwood
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce further dates and full casting for the brand new production of the musical "ANNIE" starring Craig Revel Horwood and Lesley Joseph as 'Miss Hannigan'."ANNIE" will open on Saturday 11 July 2015 at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Tour schedule with full details of 'Miss Hannigan' casting below. www.anniethemusicaltour.uk (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10+ Most Important Gay Musicals, Part 2SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10+ Most Important Gay Musicals, Part 2
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 2, 2015

The BroadwayWorld community is nothing if not vocal and yesterday's critical column revealing my top picks for the most important gay musicals of all time inspired many reactions in the feedback, on Facebook and on social media, ranging from 'I LOVE LOVE LOVE COCO' to 'No FUN HOME?' to 'Where's THE FAGGOT?' and far beyond. As with any list such as this, historical perspective is an essential element and a musical such as FUN HOME that has only been on Broadway mere months is obviously too new to truly assess insofar as its historical influence and impact on the overall legacy of gay musicals on Broadway in toto - going as far back as 1969's COCO and covering all the way up to 2013's KINKY BOOTS, as yesterday's list did. So, as a result, we are giving you more of what you asked for and sharing 10 more musicals that have been important to the gay movement, all of which cited in yesterday's column but not included on the actual top ten. What follows are my personal choices, so what are yours? Let us know and perhaps we will even need to do another list to shine a light on even more LGBT touchstones. (more...)

Music Circus Presents Tony-Winning Best Musical BYE BYE BIRDIE, July 7Music Circus Presents Tony-Winning Best Musical BYE BYE BIRDIE, July 7
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2015

The next show in the 65th Music Circus season is the hit musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie. Performances are Tuesday, July 7 through Sunday, July 12. The spirited cast includes Broadway performers, Music Circus audience favorites and some fresh faces making their Music Circus debuts. (more...)

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