Photo Flash: Miranda, Rapp and Strouse Guests At Camp Broadway

Camp Broadway®, Broadway's Original Summer Camp, hosts legendary composer Charles Strouse,Anthony Rapp and Tony Award Winner Lin Manuel Miranda in a Camp Broadway Family Finale. 

CAMP BROADWAY® provides life-long learning through theatre-related special events, youth activities, educational programming, professional development and corporate training, as well as its published study guide series, StageNotes®. The company serves as a vital link between Broadway's many theatrical productions, estates and libraries to families, schools and social organizations. Now in its 13th year, CAMP BROADWAY has enabled over 200,000 school children to attend a Broadway show through its educational programs and has hosted over 6,000 theatre-loving kids from every state and over 40 countries at its annual national summer camp programs.  CAMP BROADWAY has been featured on the Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade® telecast since 1993.

Charles Strouse is a three-time Tony Award-winning American composer and lyricist. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Strouse studied under David Diamond, Aaron Copland and Nadia Boulanger. Strouse's first Broadway musical was the 1960 hit Bye Bye Birdie, with lyrics by Lee Adams, who would become his long time collaborator. Strouse won his first Tony Award for best score for this musical, which is considered the precursor of the rock musical. In 1977, Mr. Strouse adapted a comic strip for the stage, creating the hit Annie, which garnered him his third Tony Award and two Grammy Awards. Strouse has won Emmy Awards for music in television adaptions of Bye Bye Birdie and Annie. He is also the recipient of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein Awards. He is also a member of the Theater Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Anthony Rapp started his career at the age of six, and received his first professional job at the age of nine. His breakout came when he originated the role of "Mark Cohen" in Jonathan Larson's production of the Broadway musical Rent. Other appearances on Broadway include Precious Sons (Outer Critics Circle Award), Six Degrees of Separation, and the revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. His films include Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Dazed and Confused, Six Degrees of Separation, David Searching, Man of the Century, Road Trip, A Beautiful Mind, Open House, Winter Passing, Danny Roane: First Time Director, Scaring the Fish and the 2005 film version of the musical Rent.  Television credits include "The X-Files", "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", and "Kidnapped." His book, "Without You: a Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent", about his experiences on and offstage, was published in 2006 and became a national bestseller. Besides acting and writing, he also creates music with his band Albinokid, and speaks regularly at colleges and universities. In recent news, Rapp will reprise his role in Rent's upcoming national tour that is scheduled to begin in January 2009.  

LIN MANUEL MIRANDA grew up in Manhattan's Washington Heights, and his background in a close-knit Puerto Rican family has inspired his work as a writer, composer and performer. In 1996 Miranda wrote and directed the independent film Clayton's Friends, and in 2004, he founded a hip-hop theatre troupe called "Freestyle Love Supreme.  Yet Miranda is most famous for writing and acting in the musical In the Heights. Miranda wrote the first incarnation of In the Heights, a hip-hop- and salsa-infused musical about life in his hometown hood, his sophomore year at Wesleyan University, Connecticut. Miranda played the lead role in the award-winning production as its popularity grew exponentially Off Broadway, and in March 2008 the show landed a spot on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers.  In The Heights received 13 nominations in the 2008 Tony Awards, winning Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations.

Charles Strouse,Anthony Rapp, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the kids of Camp Broadway

Charles Strouse, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the kids of Camp Broadway

, Anthony Rapp, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the kids of Camp Broadway

, Anthony Rapp, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the kids of Camp Broadway

Charles Strouse

Photos by Shannon Taggart.

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