Martin Charnin is an absolute giant in the world of American theatre. The original lyricist-director of “Annie,” he has gone on to write lyrics and direct many musicals. As an actor, he appeared in over 1,000 appearances of “West Side Story” on Broadway and on the road. He has written, directed and produced nightclub acts for Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Marty Travers and Leslie Uggams.
Songs Martin Charnin wrote have been recorded by everyone from Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Rod McKuen and Tony Bennett.
Currently, Martin Charnin is the Artistic Director of the SHOWTUNES! Theatre Company in Seattle, Washington. He remains as vital and active in theatre as ever.
Delve into the mind of one of theatre’s true icons.
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.