Jeff Lunden http://wfae.org en Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies At 89 http://wfae.org/post/broadway-legend-elaine-stritch-dies-89 Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Broadway has lost a legend. She's Elaine Stritch, who died yesterday at the age of 89. Even recently she was gaining new fans with a guest role on the TV series "30 Rock." But as we're about to hear, Stritch made her name on the stage. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:41:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 55171 at http://wfae.org Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick http://wfae.org/post/even-broadway-has-its-b-sides-lost-songs-sheldon-harnick Sheldon Harnick has been a working lyricist for over 60 years. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the musical <em>Fiorello! </em>and a Tony Award for <em>Fiddler On The Roof</em>. But he says a career in the theater means writing some songs that, for whatever reason, don't make the show.<p>"Sometimes, the song was changed because a scene was changed and it no longer accommodated the song," Harnick says. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 09:16:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 54323 at http://wfae.org Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow http://wfae.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 53590 at http://wfae.org New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow While Broadway Sings Its Praise, The Wigmaker Remains Unsung http://wfae.org/post/while-broadway-sings-its-praise-wigmaker-remains-unsung Every time you see a Broadway show, chances are a lot of the actors are wearing wigs.<p>Sunday night at the 68<sup>th</sup> Annual Tony Awards, Broadway's highest honors will be presented in a ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Awards will go to actors, actresses, set and lighting designers, but <em>not</em> the people who make the wigs the stars wear, even though the wigs are an essential part of theater craft.<p>Essential, and yet often invisible, says Jason P. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 12:06:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 52510 at http://wfae.org While Broadway Sings Its Praise, The Wigmaker Remains Unsung State Of The Art: New York Philharmonic's Biennial http://wfae.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, 28 May 2014 20:16:52 +0000 Jeff Lunden 51847 at http://wfae.org State Of The Art: New York Philharmonic's Biennial Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool http://wfae.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 07:23:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 50575 at http://wfae.org Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool Conflicting Tales Of A School Shooting In 'The Library' http://wfae.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 20:27:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 48978 at http://wfae.org Conflicting Tales Of A School Shooting In 'The Library' Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences http://wfae.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 07:42:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 48540 at http://wfae.org Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences Road Between Broadway And Hollywood Isn't A One-Way Street http://wfae.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, 12 Mar 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 46806 at http://wfae.org Road Between Broadway And Hollywood Isn't A One-Way Street Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War http://wfae.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>. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:03:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 44958 at http://wfae.org Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War