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“Living Arts at Manhattanville” Celebrates Charles Strouse Day
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:03

Strauss thumbPurchase, NY Legendary Broadway composer Charles Strouse is coming to Manhattanville for the inaugural event of Living Arts at Manhattanville — Charles Strouse Day — on October 23, 2011. The full-day event will include performances from Broadway stars Andrea McArdle, who played Annie in the original Broadway production, Susan Watson, who is currently startting in Follies, and Alan H. Green, who is currently starring in Sister Act, as well as a performance by Strouse himself.

Many will be in attendance to give praise and to honor Charles Strouse, not only a legendary musician, but a well-known New Yorker, for his contribution to the musical world, including Harrison Mayor Joan Walsh, New York State Representative Bob Castelli and County Executive Astorino's Deputy, Kevin Plunkett.

The composer of over two dozen musicals, Charles Strouse is most famous for Annie and Bye Bye Birdie, which each won the Tony Award for Best Musical. He also penned the theme song to All in the Family, "Those Were the Days." His legendary and creative reach has impacted generations of artists and audiences in the United States and the world. Artists from Frank Sinatra and Barbara Streisand to the Four Tops and Jay-Z have released renditions of his compositions.

The Manhattanville Dance Ensemble will be on hand performing selections of Strouse's work, including "It's the Hard-Knock Life." The Vocal Chamber Ensemble and the Quintessentials, a pop vocal group, will also perform.

Living Arts at Manhattanville is a yearly event that features the life and works of a living composer, artist or performer.

About Manhattanville College:

Manhattanville College ( is an independent, co-educational liberal arts institution located just 30 minutes from New York City serving 1,700 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students from 66 countries and 33 states. The student body provides more than 30,000 community service hours annually reinforcing Manhattanville's commitment to civic engagement and social action. The College offers more than 50 undergraduate courses of study, ranging from traditional Bachelor's to accelerated programs geared to adult learners. Manhattanville also offers a wide variety of Master's programs including degrees in management, Sports Business Management, and Creative Writing, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.


Casey Tolfree

Office of Communications