In Philadelphia Sunday to receive a lifetime achievement award, Charles Strouse — Tony Award-winning composer of Bye Bye Birdie, Annie and It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman!, which is set for a major revival at the Dallas Theater Center next month — fell ill while being interviewed onstage at the Arts Bank, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.
Strouse received the Gershman Y’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for Arts and Culture from Warren Hoffman, the Gershman’s director of arts and cultural programming. About 3:30 p.m., Strouse began “shaking” and looked “visibly sick, visibly ill,” said Donna Katz, spokeswoman for the Gershman Y.
Strouse was taken by ambulance to Pennsylvania Hospital, Katz said. He was reported to be in stable condition and was expected to return home to New York.