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Once Upon a Time – The Music of Charles Strouse

The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center presents
“Once Upon a Time – The Music of Charles Strouse,

from Broadway to Hollywood”
June 29th at 7:30 pm

Marie Danvers and Arnie Gruber direct a musical revue
honoring composer of Annie, Bye Bye Birdie
and many other popular musical scores

June 5, 2012, Dix Hills, NY – The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center and the award-winning Five Towns College Theater Division will present a musical review: “Once Upon a Time – The Music of Charles Strouse, from Broadway to Hollywood,” Friday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. The show will be produced under the musical direction of Five Towns College faculty members Arnie Gruber and Marie Danvers.

The performance is a preview of next spring’s full dramatic production at DHPAC with Broadway’s Barbara Siman as Director and Choreographer. Ms. Siman staged the well-received “Stolen” at DHPAC in 2011, which she wrote and presented nationally and internationally.

Charles Strouse, an esteemed member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and long-time collaborator with lyricist Lee Adams, composed a string of Broadway hits beginning with the smash hit Bye Bye Birdie in 1960, and Annie in 1977, as well as Golden Boy, which starred Sammy Davis, Jr., All American with book by Mel Brooks, Rags, Mayor, I And Albert, Applause starring Lauren Bacall, A Broadway Musical, Charlie and Algernon (London), Six, Nightingale, It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s Superman! in 1966 which included the hit song “You’ve Got Possibilities” sung by Linda Lavin, and Bring Back Birdie, among others.

He also scored several major motion pictures, notably Bonnie and Clyde, There was a Crooked Man, The Night They Raided Minsky’s, Ishtar and the animated feature All Good Dogs Go to Heaven.

His signature hit song, “Once Upon a Time,” written in 1962, was recorded by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin, among many others.  He won Tony Awards for Best Musical for Bye Bye Birdie and Applause and for Best Musical Score for Annie.

Strouse made his foray into television in the 1970s with the song “Those Were the Days” for one of the most popular sitcoms in history, All in the Family. He scored his first number one song on Billboard’s charts in 1958 with “Born Too Late,” and did it again over 40 years later in 1999 when rapper Jay Z’s “Hard Knock Life” (Ghetto Anthem) record won a Grammy for Rap Album of the Year and Billboard R&D Album of the Year after sampling Annie’s “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”

Co-musical director for Once Upon A Time Marie Danvers is best known for her starring turn as Christine in the Broadway and National Touring Productions of The Phantom of the Opera.  She has performed all over the world as Maria in West Side Story, and appeared in the national and international tour of The Fantasticks with Robert Goulet.  She has performed with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has played starring roles in the touring productions of A Chorus Line, Company and many others.  No stranger to the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, Ms. Danvers played a lead role in its recent production of A Moment in Time, a play set to the music of the late John Denver.

Marie Danver’s husband, actor Rob Gallagher, a Broadway actor best known for his portrayal of Javert in the Broadway production of Les Miserables, will perform in this production. Rob has also appeared as Emile in South Pacific and off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway and Reefer Madness.  He has also held many roles in regional productions, playing Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and appearing in Pharaoh, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as Judd in Oklahoma!, Bill Sykes in Oliver and Dr. Carrasco in Man of LaMancha.

The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College is one of Long Island’s most vibrant cultural organizations, combining the finest in world-class music and performance education in our acoustically superior theater.  Five Towns College, founded in 1972, as a community resource for jazz/commercial music education, and today’s Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, provide entertainment, education and inspiration for more than 20,000 Long Islanders each year.  

The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center is located at Five Towns College, 305 North Service Road, Dix Hills, New York, 11746-5857. For more information and ticket sales, please contact The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center box office at (631) 656-2148 or visit online at  * Become a fan on Facebook (Dix Hills Performing Arts Center).

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The Tribute to Lionel Hampton and Ella Fitzgerald was wonderfully fine jazz. DHPAC has the best Jazz on Long Island and is to be applauded for keeping the history, understanding and appreciation of Jazz alive on Long Island. Your big band Jazz shows are fantastic and the Guitar Extravaganzas with Pete Rogine and his talent students are the best. Jazz is alive at DHPAC.

Phil White

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