Jeff Lunden http://whqr.org en Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick http://whqr.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 57621 at http://whqr.org Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow http://whqr.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 57057 at http://whqr.org New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow State Of The Art: New York Philharmonic's Biennial http://whqr.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 20:18:08 +0000 Jeff Lunden 55659 at http://whqr.org State Of The Art: New York Philharmonic's Biennial Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool http://whqr.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 54627 at http://whqr.org Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool Daniel Radcliffe's 'Crippled' Role Reaches Out To The Remote http://whqr.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. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:49:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 53655 at http://whqr.org Daniel Radcliffe's 'Crippled' Role Reaches Out To The Remote Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences http://whqr.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 53045 at http://whqr.org Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War http://whqr.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 50425 at http://whqr.org Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War 'After Midnight,' And The Cotton Club Is Swinging Again http://whqr.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 49913 at http://whqr.org 'After Midnight,' And The Cotton Club Is Swinging Again Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan? http://whqr.org/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 48848 at http://whqr.org Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan? Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last http://whqr.org/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 48442 at http://whqr.org Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last