Put on a Happy Face: A Broadway Memoir

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Just about everyone who can hum knows and loves Charles Strouse’s music. He composed some of the most successful shows in Broadway history (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, and Golden Boy); wrote the film score for Bonnie and Clyde as well as the unforgettable theme song for All in the Family; has been sampled by one of today’s biggest rap stars Jay-Z, in the Grammy-winning Hard Knock Life; and his songs have been sung by musical greats from Frank Sinatra to Ray Charles to Barbra Streisand.
Timed to coincide with public celebrations of his 80th birthday, Put on a Happy Face grants an insider’s glimpse of Broadway, Hollywood, and beyond. With sparkling wit, Strouse relates the behind-the-curtain stories of his remarkable achievements, and tells fascinating tales about the people he’s worked with along the way, including Butterfly McQueen, Gower Champion, Sammy Davis Jr., Lauren Bacall, Mel Brooks, Clifford Odets, Warren Beatty, Hal Prince and Carol Burnett.Strouse is a musical-theater legend who is as entertaining on the page as his work is on the stage!

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Charles Strouse is the Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning composer of, among other works, Bye Bye Birdie (1960, with long-time collaborator Lee Adams), All-American (1962, with Mel Brooks), Golden Boy (1962, starring Sammy Davis Jr.) Applause (1970, starring Lauren Bacall) and Annie (1977).  He has won three Tonys® (and been nominated an additional four times), two Grammys® and one Emmy®.  In addition, he is a three-time Drama Desk nominee; recipient of the Richard Rodgers, the Oscar Hammerstein and the Frederick Lowe Awards, and has been elected to both the Theater Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Charles Strouse is one of the most talented composers ever known to Broadway.  His life in music makes for truly wonderful reading.”

Mel Brooks (Book writer for All-American, 1962)

 

Charles Strouse is an American treasure. Put on a Happy Face tells the remarkable story of his amazing life and achievements, with hefty doses of Charles' trademark humor and humility.”

  Carol Burnett (Miss Hannigan in the film version of Annie, 1989)

 

I have vivid and marvelous memories of working with Charles Strouse, first on his revue By Strouse and then in the Broadway cast of Annie. He is a great writer, a completely musical person, and a great teacher.”

Sarah Jessica Parker (Annie in the original Broadway run of Annie, 1979)

 

Charles is one of the great ones.”

Dick Van Dyke (Albert Peterson in the original Broadway run of Bye Bye Birdie, 1960)

 

Charles has enriched Broadway and our lives with his remarkable talent.”

Chita Rivera (Rose Alvarez in the original Broadway run of Bye Bye Birdie, 1960)

 

Charles Strouse's music goes down in Broadway history--it's as apple pie as you can get!”

Vanessa Williams (Rose Alvarez in the television movie Bye Bye Birdie, 1995)

 

"Strouse's superb backstage memoir deserves a standing ovation."--Publishers Weekly

 

"[a] lively, highly readable memoir...One finishes the book utterly charmed by the man and his wit. Booklist

 

"[F]ull of funny anecdotes [and] juicy gossip [B]eautifully written, funny and touching a wonderful evocation of a great career." --Howard Kissell, The Daily News

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