Jeff Lunden http://ualrpublicradio.org en Daniel Radcliffe's 'Crippled' Role Reaches Out To The Remote http://ualrpublicradio.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 14:37:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 22057 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Daniel Radcliffe's 'Crippled' Role Reaches Out To The Remote Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War http://ualrpublicradio.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 15:26:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 18940 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War 'After Midnight,' And The Cotton Club Is Swinging Again http://ualrpublicradio.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 18398 at http://ualrpublicradio.org 'After Midnight,' And The Cotton Club Is Swinging Again Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan? http://ualrpublicradio.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 17317 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan? Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last http://ualrpublicradio.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 16930 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come http://ualrpublicradio.org/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 16185 at http://ualrpublicradio.org New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come Energetic, Intimate 'Letters' Reveal Private Leonard Bernstein http://ualrpublicradio.org/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 13515 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Energetic, Intimate 'Letters' Reveal Private Leonard Bernstein Chronicle Of A Death Foretold: New York City Opera Shuts Its Doors http://ualrpublicradio.org/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 21:05:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 12138 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Chronicle Of A Death Foretold: New York City Opera Shuts Its Doors An American Masterpiece, And A 'Menagerie' Of Stars http://ualrpublicradio.org/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 11886 at http://ualrpublicradio.org An American Masterpiece, And A 'Menagerie' Of Stars New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain http://ualrpublicradio.org/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 22:05:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 11027 at http://ualrpublicradio.org New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain