Autobiography by Charles Strouse
Put on a Happy Face
A BROADWAY MEMOIR BY CHARLES STROUSE
THE EMMY®, GRAMMY® & TONY® AWARD WINNING COMPOSER OF:
ANNIE, BYE BYE BIRDIE, APPLAUSE, GOLDEN BOY & ALL IN THE FAMILY
RAVES FOR CHARLES STROUSE AND Put on a Happy Face:
"Strouse's superb backstage memoir deserves a standing ovation."
– Publishers Weekly
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, 4/28/08
"THE BOOK, BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, FUNNY AND TOUCHING, IS A WONDERFUL EVOCATION OF A GREAT CAREER.
The memoir is full of funny anecdotes, juicy gossip, and a lot of valuable background."
– Howard Kissell, The Daily News
DAILY NEWS, 7/23/08
"CHARLES STROUSE IS A BROADWAY LEGEND! ONE OF THE GREATS! A TRUE BROADWAY BABY!
ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD OF THEATRE!
Extraordinary stories about all of these people… The Frank Sinatras, the Betty Bacalls… all in this memoir. It's an adventure through all of the stars that you wanted to know about."
– Joan Hamburg
"A WONDERFUL MEMOIR (BY) ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COMPOSERS IN BROADWAY HISTORY."
– Leonard Lopate, WNYC 93.9 FM
"TRULY REMARKABLE! A HIGHLY READABLE MEMOIR!
One finishes the book utterly charmed by the man and his wit."
BOOKLIST REVIEW, 6/1/08
"A FASCINATING TALE… ESSENTIAL FOR ALL MUSICAL THEATER, THEATER, AND POPULAR
Strouse's memoir skillfully balances pathos and sunshine, and results in an entertaining story of genuine warmth."
– Library Journal
LIBRARY JOURNAL, 6/08
"WHAT A WONDERFUL READ! …MOVING AND EXCITING!
A REALLY COMPELLING PAGE–TURNER ABOUT 5 DECADES IN THE THEATRE.
I encourage everyone to get out there and snap up a book. You'll learn about the serendipity and miracle of theatre."
– NY1 News
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"A BOUNCY, CANDID MEMOIR about creating shows that have become a part of the nation's theatre landscape."
– The Philadelphia Inquirer
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/6/08
"Full of appealing (and sometimes appalling!) anecdotes about luminaries like Sammy Davis Jr., Lauren Bacall,
Cameron Mackintosh, Alan Jay Lerner, and Chita Rivera, Put on a Happy Face is also highly informative about the creative process."
– Barnes & Noble Review
BARNES & NOBLE REVIEW
"Put on a Happy Face, the autobiography of Charles Strouse, chronicles a jam–packed journey through the sunset of the American musical theater's golden era and beyond by the composer of Annie, Bye Bye Birdie and Applause."
– Michael Kuchwara, The Associated Press
"CLASSIC TUNESMITH DISHES… AND IT'S FUN STUFF! Charles Strouse's wise and witty memoir, Put on a Happy Face, brightened up my hard–knock life with its honest insights into the creative process."
– Michael Musto, The Village Voice
"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 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)
"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 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)
"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)
"Charles Strouse's career story is not only fascinating but important. His sense of humor and humanity color his vital contributions to the canon of American musical theater, and this book is a great window into his life and work."
– Sutton Foster (Star–to–be in the Broadway revival of Annie, 1997)
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Get a front–row seat for the creation of some of America's best–loved musicals. Award–winning composer Charles Strouse doesn't just make music - he makes memories, and millions of people worldwide have lived their lives to a Strouse soundtrack. From a hopeful red–haired orphan belting out "Tomorrow" to Jeanne Stapleton screeching "Those Were the Days" during the opening credits of the hit television show All in the Family to the now–standard "Once Upon a Time" crooned by Tony Bennett, melodies by Strouse have become classics of pop culture.
In Put on a Happy Face, the man behind the hit shows Annie and Bye Bye Birdie pulls back the curtain for a behind–the–scenes tour of his remarkable life and achievements. Step inside the steam room of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas with a towel–clad Charles as he meets with Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Cahn to audition material for Golden Boy. Pull a chair up to the lunch counter as Charles and Lauren Bacall discuss their new venture, Applause, over tuna salad sandwiches. Join Charles in the recording studio as he and Warren Beatty almost come to blows over the music elements for the Beatty–produced film Bonnie and Clyde. Charles grants readers a backstage pass as he tells stories about the extraordinary range of boldface names in his life, including Ann–Margret, Butterfly McQueen, Carol Burnett, Dick Van Dyke, Edward Albee, Gower Champion, Hal Prince, Janet Leigh, Jason Alexander, John C. Reilly, Marilyn Monroe, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
With a sparkling wit, Charles offers an insider's glimpse of Broadway, Hollywood, and beyond. He also invites readers into his personal life from growing up on the post–Depression Manhattan's Upper West Side, to his forays into classical music - first at the Eastman School of Music, and later at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival under the tutelage of Aaron Copland. From his adventures as a young man abroad in Paris, to his life–long battle with an artist's insecurity. With prose tuned to capture both soaring highs and operatic lows (and more than a few playful interludes in between), the composer whose music has delighted audiences for decades now adds words to his repertoire.
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Put on a Happy Face: A Broadway Memoir at www.bn.com