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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Charles Strouse

Charles Strouse

Born: June 7, 1928, New York, New York

(p.283) Charles Strouse
Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the work of Charles Strouse. It starts with an extended commentary of his career, which is followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Strouse began his musical career at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He spent three years studying with Aaron Copland, who arranged for him to get a scholarship with the famed teacher Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Boulanger steered Strouse toward the musical theater, and he returned stateside. In the summer of 1952 he took a job at Green Mansions, the adult camp from which Harold Rome had emerged. Working with Lee Adams, a budding magazine editor, Strouse turned out weekly revues with tuneful songs.

Keywords:   Charles Strouse, Nadia Boulanger, Broadway musicals, musical theater, Aaron Copland, Lee Adams

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