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You’ve heard “Tomorrow” and “Once Upon a Time.” You’ve heard “Put On A Happy Face” and “Welcome To The Theater.” Now, as part of a year-long celebration of the man behind the music, The Second Act Series will open the trunk of one of America’s most prolific composers: three-time Tony Award-winner Charles Strouse.

Broadway’s original Eve Harrington, Penny Fuller (Applause, Sunday in the Park With George, A New Brain) leads a starry ensemble to sing never-before-heard songs by the legendary composer of Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Golden Boy, and more. Audiences will discover songs cut from Strouse’s biggest hits, as well as music for shows that have yet to be produced.

Charles Strouse, celebrating his 90th birthday year, is one of America’s most acclaimed musical theater composers. A three-time Tony Award-winner, Strouse’s music has touched the life of almost every American in the last half century. From the classic “Once Upon a Time” to the rocking score of Bye, Bye, Birdie (Tony Award), his celebrated songs are an essential part of the American songbook. Strouse’s Broadway musicals also include Applause (Tony Award), Annie (Tony Award), Golden Boy (Tony nomination), Nick and Nora, It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s Superman (Tony nomination), Rags, and more. Strouse’s song “Those Were the Days,” one of the most popular television themes of all time, launched over 200 episodes of “All in the Family,” memorably featuring Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton singing the song from behind their spinet.

Unsung Strouse is presented by the team behind the popular Second Act Series, Steven Carl McCasland and James Horan, who brought A Pound In Your Pocket, Mademoiselle Colombe, Bring Back Birdie, Shelter (starring Jon Cryer), Onward Victoria, The Fix, Henry, Sweet Henry, Charlie and Algernon, 70, Girls, 70, Nick & Nora, Eating Raoul, and more to New York’s hottest supper club.


Lori Brown Mirabal (Show Boat, Bubblin’ Brown Sugar)
Lilla Crawford (Into the WoodsAnnie)
Britt Cryer (Shelter, The Desert Song)
David Cryer (1776, Phantom of the Opera, Evita)
Suzanne Dressler (Nick and Nora: In Concert)
Jill Eikenberry (L.A. Law, Evening at The Talk House, Enter Laughing)
Penny Fuller (Applause, Sunday In The Park With George, A New Brain)
Alan H. Green (School of Rock, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sister Act)
Kimberly Faye Greenberg (One Night With Fanny Brice)
Adam Heller (A Letter to Harvey Milk, It Shoulda Been You, Rags)
Beth Leavel (Bandstand, The Drowsy Chaperone, Minsky’s)
JoAnn Mariano (“The Patty Duke Show”, Out Cry, Home Free)
Patti Mariano
 (OBC The Music Man, Rags, George M!, I Had A Ball, The Full Monty, and more)
Samantha Massell (Rags, Fiddler On The Roof)
Liz McCartney (My Fair Lady, Sunday in the Park with George, Annie, Taboo)
Alexa Shae Niziak (Matilda, A Christmas Story)
Carly Sakolove (Newsies)
Lucas Schultz (Pippin, A Christmas Story, Mary Poppins)

Also featuring:

Eugenia Copeland
Julia DeSimone
Thomas Dieter
Janet Fanale (Forbidden Broadway)
Keira Moynahan
Megan Moynahan

Past Performances

  • Sun, May 13 :7:00 pm
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