Jeff Lunden http://whqr.org en War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown http://whqr.org/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 58675 at http://whqr.org War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers http://whqr.org/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 58599 at http://whqr.org Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers 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