HARRISON, N.Y. - Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge) proclaimed Oct. 23 "Charles Strouse Day" in the 89th Assembly District during the inaugural event of Living Arts at Manhattanville, a yearly event that celebrates the life and achievements of a living composer, musician or artist.
"Sunday saw Broadway come to Purchase, when we honored writer, composer and musician Charles Strouse for half a century of outstanding work and cultural enrichment in the field of music and theater," Castelli said.
The composer of over two-dozen musicals, Strouse is most famous for "Annie" and "Bye Bye Birdie," which each won the Tony Award for Best Musical.
"Charles Strouse is a cultural icon who has given much to the joy of theater and music lovers everywhere," Castelli said.
Castelli presented Strouse with an official New York State Assembly Proclamation and many other elected officials were in attendance to give praise and to honor Strouse for his contribution to the musical world, including Harrison Mayor Joan Walsh and Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett.
The full-day event included performances from Strouse, as well as Broadway stars Andrea McArdle, who played Annie in the original Broadway production, Alan H. Green, who is currently starring in "Sister Act," and Susan Watson, who is currently in "Follies."
The Manhattanville Dance Ensemble was on hand performing selections from Strouse's work, including "It's the Hard-Knock Life." The Vocal Chamber Ensemble and the Quintessentials, a pop vocal group, also performed.
"It was my honor to attend, and enjoy performances from other Broadway luminaries, to honor Mr. Strouse," Castelli said. "My compliments go to Manhattaville College President Jon Strauss, and Dr. Ileana Rodriguez for their work in putting together this tremendous occasion."