Composer of ‘Rags’ to attend St. Paul production of musical

St. Paul Catholic High School will have a special guest of honor watching the production of their spring musical “Rags.”

Charles Strouse, the composer of “Rags,” will be in attendance at the Sunday, April 24 2 p.m. matinee. After the production he will speak to the entire cast and crew.

The music of Charles Strouse has attracted top recording artists such as Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Harry Connick, Jr., Jay–Z, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra.  Strouse has written scores for over 30 stage musicals, including 14 for Broadway. He has also composed scores for five Hollywood films, two orchestral works and an opera. He has been inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Theatre Hall of Fame. He is a three–time Tony Award winner, a two–time Emmy Award winner, and his cast recordings have earned him two Grammy Awards. His song “Those Were the Days” launched over 200 episodes of the sitcom “All in the Family” and continues to reach new generations of television audiences in syndication. With hundreds of productions licensed annually, his musicals “Annie” and “Bye Bye Birdie” are among the most popular of all time–produced by regional, amateur and school groups all over the world.strouse