Almost every single American and countless people around the world have heard the music of composer Charles Strouse. The word “legendary” is not too strong of a word to describe Mr. Strouse and his incredible melodies. An inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Theatre Hall of Fame, Strouse has written the scores for over 30 stage musicals including 14 for Broadway as well as 5 Hollywood films, 2 Orchestral works and an opera. His songs like “Tomorrow” (from Annie) and “Put On A Happy Face,” and “A Lot of Livin’ To Do” are recognizable in an instant. Here we find the composer speaking very candidly about his life and what it means to be an artist. The music of Charles Strouse has made a very positive mark on the world and the fact that the greatest performers in recorded music such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Harry Connick, Jr., Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and Duke Ellington have chosen to record and perform his songs is a testament to the quality of his work. The music of Charles Strouse will always be heard and his name will forever be among the greatest composers of our time.
Lee Adams has always been a writer, but it was the Cole Porter musical “Kiss Me Kate” that greatly intrigued the young Lee and soon he was writing lyrics. Meeting composer Charles Strouse led him to a partnership and the two went on to write some of the most enduring songs in theatre.
Lee Adams went on to receive Tony awards for “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1961 and “Applause” in 1970. Lee Adams has written the lyrics for the shows “All American,” “Golden Boy,” “It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman,” “Bring Back Birdie” (the sequel to “Bye Bye Birdie”) and “A Broadway Musical,” all collaborations with composer Charles Strouse. In 1989, Lee Adams was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The lyrics of Lee Adams are here to stay.