Jeff Lunden http://wdiy.org en War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown http://wdiy.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 44443 at http://wdiy.org War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers http://wdiy.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 44364 at http://wdiy.org Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies At 89 http://wdiy.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 43976 at http://wdiy.org Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick http://wdiy.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 43232 at http://wdiy.org Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow http://wdiy.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 42586 at http://wdiy.org New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow McDonald, Cranston Big Winners At 68th Tony Awards http://wdiy.org/post/mcdonald-cranston-big-winners-68th-tony-awards Audra McDonald won a sixth Tony for portraying Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Bryan Cranston won a best actor trophy for his Broadway debut in All the Way. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 41625 at http://wdiy.org State Of The Art: New York Philharmonic's Biennial http://wdiy.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 20:15:44 +0000 Jeff Lunden 41009 at http://wdiy.org State Of The Art: New York Philharmonic's Biennial Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool http://wdiy.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 39846 at http://wdiy.org Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool Daniel Radcliffe's 'Crippled' Role Reaches Out To The Remote http://wdiy.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 38716 at http://wdiy.org Daniel Radcliffe's 'Crippled' Role Reaches Out To The Remote Conflicting Tales Of A School Shooting In 'The Library' http://wdiy.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 38384 at http://wdiy.org Conflicting Tales Of A School Shooting In 'The Library'