Photo Flash: Paley Center Charles Strouse Tribute

On Monday, June 2, The Paley Center for Media hosted a tribute to the composer Charles Strouse on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. The event, "Applause Applause: A Tribute to Charles Strouse," featured rare television footage; a live piano performance by Strouse and Andrea McArdle (who created the title role in the original cast of the Broadway musical Annie); and a panel discussion about his life and work moderated by Paley Center president Pat Mitchell.
 
Peter Filichia (Theatre critic, The New Jersey Star-Ledger; Author Let's Put on a Musical: How to Choose the Right Show for Your Theater) was on the panel. Friends in the audience included Thomas Meehan (Tony award-winning writer), and Martin Charnin (Tony award-winning lyricist and director).
 
Strouse is best known for his many Broadway shows (including Bye Bye Birdie, Golden Boy, Applause, Annie, and Rags) and his music for film and television-most notably the iconic theme song from All in the Family.


Charles Strouse


Charles Strouse, Peter Filichia, Barbara Siman and Pat Mitchell


Andrea McArdle, Peter Filichia, Charles Strouse, Barbara Siman and Pat Mitchell


Peter Filichia & Charles Strouse


Andrea McArdle sings "NYC" from Annie


Charles Strouse sings "My City" from Mayor


Strouse's Annie collaborators Thomas Meehan and Martin Charnin


Charles Strouse


Charles Strouse and Andrea McArdle sing "I Don't Need Anything But You" from Annie


Thomas Meehan and Charles Strouse


Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse


Charles Strouse with his children Will (left), Victoria and Nick. Andrea McArdle and daughter Alexis Kalehoff


Barbara Siman, Charles Strouse, Andrea McArdle


The Strouse family (l-r) Will Strouse, Victoria Strouse, Nick Strouse, wife Barbara Siman and Charles Strouse


Photos by Philip Kessler.

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