Jeff Lunden http://wwno.org en State Of The Art: New York Philharmonic's Biennial http://wwno.org/post/state-art-new-york-philharmonics-biennial <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112863954" target="_blank">Alan Gilbert</a>, music director of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/19286842/new-york-philharmonic" target="_blank">New York Philharmonic</a>, isn't scared of new music — and he doesn't think audiences should be, either.<p>"Frankly, the reason I do new music is I like a lot of it," Gilbert says.<p>Under his direction, the New York Philharmonic is now taking a page from the visual arts world. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:39:41 +0000 Jeff Lunden 63274 at http://wwno.org New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow http://wwno.org/post/new-york-philharmonics-lead-fiddler-rests-his-bow <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHU82TvSB_o</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 63181 at http://wwno.org Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool http://wwno.org/post/well-spring-frozen-soundtrack-keeps-charts-cool Disney's animated film <em>Frozen</em> has been racking up impressive statistics since it was released last November. Its box office earnings total $1 billion, worldwide, the movie won two Academy Awards, and on the first day the home video came out, it sold 3.2 million copies. Fri, 09 May 2014 07:56:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 60407 at http://wwno.org Daniel Radcliffe's 'Crippled' Role Reaches Out To The Remote http://wwno.org/post/daniel-radcliffes-crippled-role-reaches-out-remote Even before he finished his eight-film run as Harry Potter, actor Daniel Radcliffe spent a considerable time devoted to the stage, both in London and New York. He appeared on Broadway in <em>Equus</em> and spent a year playing J. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:28:46 +0000 Jeff Lunden 59019 at http://wwno.org Conflicting Tales Of A School Shooting In 'The Library' http://wwno.org/post/conflicting-tales-school-shooting-library <em>The Library</em>, a new play at New York's Public Theater, tackles an uncomfortable contemporary topic head on: It looks at the aftermath of a school shooting and peers into the shattered lives of the survivors, and the stories they tell. The play is written by Scott Z. Burns and directed by Steven Soderbergh, who've collaborated on three films; most recently, the thriller, <em>Side Effects</em>.<p>And even before the play begins, Soderbergh and Burns make the audience uneasy. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:58:45 +0000 Jeff Lunden 58509 at http://wwno.org Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences http://wwno.org/post/broadway-director-kenny-leon-opens-theater-doors-new-audiences Stage director Kenny Leon is one of the most sought-after creative talents on Broadway today, even if he isn't a household name. He's guided Denzel Washington and Viola Davis to Tony Awards in a Tony-winning revival of August Wilson's <em>Fences</em>, he directed Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in <em>The Mountaintop</em> and he's got two Broadway shows opening within three months of each other.<p>You've got to have an ego, to be a director, sitting in rehearsal rooms with talented, opinionated actors. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:54:14 +0000 Jeff Lunden 58003 at http://wwno.org Road Between Broadway And Hollywood Isn't A One-Way Street http://wwno.org/post/road-between-broadway-and-hollywood-isnt-one-way-street <em>Rocky: The Musical</em>. Really?<p>Producer Bill Taylor says even the show's creators didn't buy the idea at first. "If you speak to all of the authors and all of the creative team, their instinctive reaction, when first hearing about <em>Rocky</em> becoming a musical, ranges from incredulity to plain crazy," he says.<p>For many years, the relationship between Broadway and Hollywood went one way: from stage to screen. But in the past couple of decades, some of the biggest Broadway hits have been adapted from films — think <em>Hairspray</em> or <em>Kinky Boots</em>. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:26:03 +0000 Jeff Lunden 56363 at http://wwno.org Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War http://wwno.org/post/collecting-money-songwriters-100-year-tug-war A hundred years ago, the Italian operatic composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/90063951/giacomo-puccini" target="_blank">Giacomo Puccini</a> was having lunch in New York with Victor Herbert, the leading composer of operettas in this country. Then, the band in the restaurant began playing music from Herbert's current hit, <em>Sweethearts</em>. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 07:02:39 +0000 Jeff Lunden 55019 at http://wwno.org 'After Midnight,' And The Cotton Club Is Swinging Again http://wwno.org/post/after-midnight-and-cotton-club-swinging-again <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-qEZ9zeIJw</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 53338 at http://wwno.org Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan? http://wwno.org/post/oppression-opera-could-womans-courage-change-pakistan Mukhtar Mai is from a small tribal village in Pakistan. In 2002, her brother was accused of sexually molesting a woman from a wealthy land-owning clan. What happened next was horrifying, says singer and composer Kamala Sankaram.<p>"For retribution, the village council decided that Mukhtar should be gang-raped by four of the men of this clan," Sankaram says. "And what is supposed to happen for a woman after this has taken place is that, not only has she shamed herself, she's brought dishonor to the rest of her family, as well. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 06:38:26 +0000 Jeff Lunden 51979 at http://wwno.org