Jeff Lunden http://delmarvapublicradio.net en War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/war-words-met-opera-may-signal-shutdown When an opera company is in the midst of contentious labor negotiations, the results can be dramatic. This week, the war of words between unions and management at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the world's largest opera company, escalated. An Aug. 1 shut down now seems likely.<p>At the center of the debate is the ballooning Met budget, which stood at $200 million in 2006 but has since climbed to more than $325 million. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 58422 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/labor-conflict-may-lock-out-met-opera-workers The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.<p>For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 58337 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 57244 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 56609 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow State Of The Art: New York Philharmonic's Biennial http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 20:21:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 55032 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net State Of The Art: New York Philharmonic's Biennial Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 53919 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool Daniel Radcliffe's 'Crippled' Role Reaches Out To The Remote http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:49:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 52859 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Daniel Radcliffe's 'Crippled' Role Reaches Out To The Remote Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 15:26:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 49250 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War 'After Midnight,' And The Cotton Club Is Swinging Again http://delmarvapublicradio.net/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 48666 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 'After Midnight,' And The Cotton Club Is Swinging Again Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/oppression-opera-could-one-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. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:38:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 47520 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan? Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/broadways-spider-man-musical-turns-lights-last Regardless of how critics and audiences eventually responded, <em>Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark</em> was always going to be one of the most-discussed shows in Broadway history. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 08:26:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 47099 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-owner-promises-hand-made-steinways-years-come For 160 years, the pianos made by Steinway & Sons have been considered the finest in the world. So when hedge fund billionaire John Paulson recently bought the company, it struck fear in the hearts of musicians: Would the famously handcrafted pianos be changed, for the sake of efficiency? Paulson, who owns several Steinways himself, says nothing will change.<p>Great pianists need great pianos. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:34:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 46344 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come Energetic, Intimate 'Letters' Reveal Private Leonard Bernstein http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/energetic-intimate-letters-reveal-private-leonard-bernstein <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15234027/leonard-bernstein" target="_blank">Leonard Bernstein</a> was a singular American genius. One of the great orchestra conductors of the 20th Century, he was also a composer of hit musicals like <em>West Side Story</em>, as well as symphonies and ballets. He was a teacher and television personality — his Young People's Concerts introduced generations of children to classical music.<p>But that was the public man. A new collection of letters written both by and to Bernstein is being published this week. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 09:48:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 43620 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Energetic, Intimate 'Letters' Reveal Private Leonard Bernstein Chronicle Of A Death Foretold: New York City Opera Shuts Its Doors http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/chronicle-death-foretold-new-york-city-opera-shuts-its-doors This morning the New York City Opera announced that it was declaring bankruptcy and ceasing operations. Dubbed "The People's Opera" by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia when it was founded 70 years ago, the company was meant as an alternative to the richer Metropolitan Opera. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:45:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 42179 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Chronicle Of A Death Foretold: New York City Opera Shuts Its Doors An American Masterpiece, And A 'Menagerie' Of Stars http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/american-masterpiece-and-menagerie-stars Pop-culture aficionadoes will know Zachary Quinto as Spock in the cinematic reboot of <em>Star Trek</em>, and Cherry Jones as President Taylor from television's <em>24</em>.<p>But both are accomplished stage actors as well. And tonight, they're opening on Broadway, in a revival of Tennessee Williams' classic play <em>The Glass Menagerie</em>.<p>When the audience enters the Booth Theater, they see a simple, but striking vision. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:51:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 41891 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net An American Masterpiece, And A 'Menagerie' Of Stars New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-york-citys-peoples-opera-may-face-its-final-curtain There are a lot of operas that end with heroines on their deathbeds, singing one glorious aria before they die. That's what happens at the end of <em>Anna Nicole,</em> the controversial new work that New York City Opera is presenting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in September. But the company's artistic director and general manager, George Steel, says it could also be City Opera's last gasp.<p>"The issue is this: We don't have any credit, we don't have any working capital, and so we are managing our cash incredibly carefully," Steel explains. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 40892 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain 'Love's Labours,' Tuned Up And Playing In The Park http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/loves-labours-tuned-and-playing-park A few years ago, after songwriter Michael Friedman and writer-director Alex Timbers had finished working on their cheeky historical musical <em>Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson</em>, they decided to look for a new project to work on. Friedman says they wanted the next show to have a completely different feel.<p>"So we started looking at Shakespeare," Friedman says. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 38207 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 'Love's Labours,' Tuned Up And Playing In The Park Audra McDonald, A Broadway Star Gone Roaming, Comes Home http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/audra-mcdonald-broadway-star-gone-roaming-comes-home In the seven years since her last album, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15396807" target="_blank">Audra McDonald</a> has kept busy. She spent several years in Hollywood, filming the television series <em>Private Practice</em>. She's gotten divorced and remarried, absorbed the shock of losing her father in a plane crash and watched her daughter, Zoe, grow up from a kindergartener to a middle-schooler.<p>Last year, McDonald returned to New York, starred in <em>Porgy and Bess</em> and won a fifth Tony Award. Sat, 18 May 2013 06:03:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 34396 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Audra McDonald, A Broadway Star Gone Roaming, Comes Home 'Matilda' Brings Beloved Book To Broadway http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/matilda-brings-beloved-book-broadway <em>Matilda</em> is a well-loved book by Roald Dahl, who's been called the greatest children's storyteller of the 20th century. It's about a much-put-upon little girl with tremendous gifts. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:32:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 32317 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 'Matilda' Brings Beloved Book To Broadway On Broadway, Old Shows And New Tricks http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/broadway-old-shows-and-new-tricks When I was a teenager falling in love with the theater, I picked up a book called <em>Broadway's Greatest Musicals</em>. The sole criterion for inclusion was that a show run for at least 500 performances, which translates to about a year and a quarter.<p>How quaint.<p>I was thinking about that when I attended the 25th-anniversary performance of <em>The Phantom of the Opera,</em> now ranked as Broadway's longest-running musical ever. Sat, 06 Apr 2013 08:33:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 32014 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net On Broadway, Old Shows And New Tricks Nora Ephron's 'Lucky Guy' And Tom Hanks Make Their Broadway Debuts http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tom-hanks-and-nora-ephrons-lucky-guy-make-their-broadway-debuts Several years ago, when Nora Ephron handed Tom Hanks an early draft of <em>Lucky Guy</em>, her play about tabloid journalist Mike McAlary, he had a pretty strong reaction.<p>"I said, 'Well, that guy's sure a jerk!' I used another word besides jerk — I know what you can say on NPR," he says. "And she laughed and she said, 'Well, he kinda was. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:15:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 31738 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Nora Ephron's 'Lucky Guy' And Tom Hanks Make Their Broadway Debuts Singing The Praises Of Pre-Dawn Walks http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/singing-praises-pre-dawn-walks Minnesota-born composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17003773/maria-schneider" target="_blank">Maria Schneider</a> has called New York home for more than 30 years, and she knows how to find nature in the middle of the city. Because her new album is called <em>Winter Morning Walks</em>, we walked to her favorite bird-watching spot in Central Park on a chilly February morning.<p>"This part right here in the Ramble and this Azalea Pond area is just teeming with warblers," Schneider says. "On a good day, you can see 18 warbler species in the morning, maybe even more. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 07:18:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 31681 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Singing The Praises Of Pre-Dawn Walks For This Pair Of Clowns, 'Old Hats' Means New Laughs http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/pair-clowns-old-hats-mean-new-laughs Twenty years ago, theatrical clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner collaborated on a Broadway show called <em>Fool Moon</em> — a giddy mixture of slapstick, improv and audience participation that proved such a success that it came back to Broadway for two more runs and toured both the U.S. and Europe. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:20:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 30236 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net For This Pair Of Clowns, 'Old Hats' Means New Laughs Grand Central, A Cathedral For Commuters, Celebrates 100 http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/grand-central-cathedral-commuters-celebrates-100 Friday marks the day that 100 years ago, Grand Central Terminal opened its doors for business for the very first time. The largest railroad terminal in the world, the magnificent Beaux-Arts building is in the heart of New York City on 42nd St. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 08:40:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 28411 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Composer Who Tested Fighter Planes And Partied With Sinatra http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/composer-who-tested-fighter-planes-and-partied-sinatra <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTUKHMlbYGA</p> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 28098 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Composer Who Tested Fighter Planes And Partied With Sinatra A Vet's Haunted Homecoming In 'Water By The Spoonful' http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/vets-haunted-homecoming-water-spoonful The cliche about writers is they should write what they know, and that old saw has certainly worked for Quiara Alegria Hudes. The 35-year-old playwright has mined her Puerto Rican family's stories into a series of plays, a musical and even a children's book. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 08:47:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 27130 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A Vet's Haunted Homecoming In 'Water By The Spoonful' Anonymous 4 Marks A Milestone Year, Together And Alone http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/anonymous-4-marks-milestone-year-together-and-alone As of this year, the vocal group <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15182954/anonymous-4" target="_blank">Anonymous 4</a> has been introducing modern audiences to medieval music for a quarter century. When the all-female quartet asked <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/120995816/david-lang" target="_blank">David Lang</a> to help mark the occasion by writing them some music, he didn't need any convincing. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer was already a big fan.<p>"I really like the fact that they had dedicated themselves to keeping alive this music from 800 years ago," Lang says. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 08:29:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 25671 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Anonymous 4 Marks A Milestone Year, Together And Alone The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/peony-pavilion-vivid-dream-garden <em>The Peony Pavilion</em> is one of China's most famous operas, but uncut performances of this romantic 16th century work can take more than 22 hours. Chinese composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15167564/tan-dun" target="_blank">Tan Dun</a>, who's best known for his Academy Award-winning score for the film <em>Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon</em>, has adapted the work into a compact 75 minutes. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:03:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 25378 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden John Williams' Inevitable Themes http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/john-williams-inevitable-themes For more than 50 years, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15003640/john-williams-composer" target="_blank">John Williams</a>' music has taken us to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG5OsfOuEy0" target="_blank">galaxies far, far away</a> through adventures <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bTpp8PQSog" target="_blank">here on earth</a>, made us feel <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O15x-B8PgeE" target="_blank">giddy joy</a> and occasionally <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvCI-gNK_y4" target="_blank">scared us to death</a>.<p>He might be the most recognized contemp Sat, 10 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 24375 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net John Williams' Inevitable Themes Star-Studded 'Heiress' Considers A Woman's Worth http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/star-studded-heiress-considers-womans-worth A much-anticipated revival of <em>The Heiress</em>, a 1947 play based on the Henry James novella <em>Washington Square</em>, opens in New York on Thursday. It marks the Broadway debut of two accomplished young stars — Jessica Chastain, the Academy Award nominee from <em>The Help</em>, and Dan Stevens, from the hit television series <em>Downton Abbey</em>.<p>On the surface, the story of <em>The Heiress</em> seems simple enough — a wealthy young woman in Victorian New York is torn between her controlling father and a young, penniless suitor. Is the father being overprotective? Sun, 28 Oct 2012 09:44:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 23571 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Star-Studded 'Heiress' Considers A Woman's Worth