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Date of Birth 7 June 1928New York City, New York, USA

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Charles Strouse was born on June 7, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Annie (1982), All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) and Shrek 2 (2004). He has been married to Barbara Siman since 1962. They have four children.

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Barbara Siman (1962 - present) (4 children)

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Won three Tony Awards: in 1961, for music of Best Musical winner "Bye, Bye Birdie"; in 1970, for music of Best Musical winner "Applause"; and in 1977, as Best Score, his music with Martin Charnin's lyrics for "Annie". He was also Tony-nominated four other times: in 1965, for music of Best Musical nominee "Golden Boy"; in 1981, as Best Score, his music with David Rogers' lyrics, for "Charlie and Algernon"; in 1987, as Best Score, his music with Stephen Schwartz' lyrics for "Rags"; and in 1992, as Best Score (Musical), his music with Richard Maltby Jr.'s lyrics for "Nick and Nora".
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.
His wife Barbara is a director and choreographer.
His son Will Strouse (aka William Lee Strouse) is a screenwriter and he graduated from Trinity College in Hartford. William was also a winner of the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project screen-writing fellowship.
Father of Victoria Strouse, Will Strouse, Nicholas Strouse and Benjamin Strouse.
He was working as a rehearsal pianist for a Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer show called "Saratoga". The stage manager, Edward V. Padula, had heard one of Strouse's "Green Mansions" songs. Padula needed a composer for an idea he had for a musical about teenagers. It became "Bye Bye Birdie". Strouse not only composed the music, he played piano for the auditions.
In the early 1950s, he was asked to write songs for weekly revues at an Adirondacks summer camp, Green Mansions. He wrote and orchestrated his songs, and copied all the vocal and instrumental parts.
When he returned from his studies in Paris, he wrote serious compositions. To make ends meet, he played piano for singers in nightclubs.
He studied at the Eastman School of Music. He was a student of Aaron Copland at the Tanglewood Music Center (Massachusetts) and of the legendary teacher Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
He and his wife, Barbara Siman Strouse, and dog, Zeke, live at the Parc Vendome in New York City. [September 2008]

Personal Quotes (1)

I never said to myself, "How will I ever top this?". That never even occurred to me. I mean, I like things to be a success, but the main thing is to keep working.

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