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Episode 22
Charles Strouse and Lee Adams


In an audio recording from 1977, Lee Adams and Charles Strouse, Tony Award-winning collaborators on Bye Bye Birdie and Applause, talk to Guild members about sustaining a partnership and using your strengths to bring out the best work of one another.



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CHARLES STROUSE (June 7, 1928 - Present)

Composer, Lyricist

Charles Strouse is a Tony award-winner for his musicals Annie, Bye Bye Birdie and Applause. Strouse has won Emmy Awards for music in television adaptations of Bye Bye Birdie and Annie. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers Award and the Oscar Hammerstein Award. Strouse is also a member of the Theater Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Works include: Bye Bye Birdie (1960); All American (1962); Golden Boy (1964); It's a Bird...It's a Plane... It's Superman (1966); Applause (1970); Six (1971); I and Albert (1972); Annie (1977); A Broadway Musical (1978); Bring Back Birdie (1981); Nightingale (1982); Dance a Little Closer (1983); Mayor (1985); Rags (1986).

LEE ADAMS (August 14, 1924 – Present)


Lee Adams, the Tony Award-winning lyricist behind the Broadway productions Bye Bye Birdie, Applause and Golden Boy, began writing songs with composer Charles Strouse in 1950. The first production for the team of Adams and Strouse was the musical Bye Bye Birdie. It debuted on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on April 14, 1960, starring Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera.

Works include : Bye Bye Birdie (1960); All American (1962); Golden Boy (1964); It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman (1966); Applause (1970); I and Albert (1972); Bring Back Birdie (1980); A Broadway Musical (1982).