Jeff Lunden http://kgou.org en Conflicting Tales Of A School Shooting In 'The Library' http://kgou.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 20:15:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 27242 at http://kgou.org Conflicting Tales Of A School Shooting In 'The Library' Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences http://kgou.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 26787 at http://kgou.org Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences Road Between Broadway And Hollywood Isn't A One-Way Street http://kgou.org/post/road-between-broadway-and-hollywood-isnt-one-way-street <em>Rocky: The Musical</em>. Really?<p>Producer Bill Taylor says even the show's creators didn't buy the idea at first. "If you speak to all of the authors and all of the creative team, their instinctive reaction, when first hearing about <em>Rocky</em> becoming a musical, ranges from incredulity to plain crazy," he says.<p>For many years, the relationship between Broadway and Hollywood went one way: from stage to screen. But in the past couple of decades, some of the biggest Broadway hits have been adapted from films — think <em>Hairspray</em> or <em>Kinky Boots</em>. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 25057 at http://kgou.org Road Between Broadway And Hollywood Isn't A One-Way Street Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War http://kgou.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 14:39:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 23188 at http://kgou.org Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War 'After Midnight,' And The Cotton Club Is Swinging Again http://kgou.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 22434 at http://kgou.org 'After Midnight,' And The Cotton Club Is Swinging Again Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last http://kgou.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 13:26:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 20388 at http://kgou.org Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come http://kgou.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 19347 at http://kgou.org New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come When 'Hit List' Got Another Shot At An Audience http://kgou.org/post/when-hit-list-got-another-shot-audience For most of its two-year run on NBC, the series <em>Smash</em> was pretty much a hot mess. Ostensibly about the creation of Broadway musicals, it only tangentially resembled the real thing. And its plots and characters got soapier and soapier as the show went on.<p>Still, I recorded every episode on my DVR, if only because the program offered a weekly glimpse of some of the finest musical-theater actors on the Broadway stage — among them Megan Hilty, Christian Borle, Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, plus occasional guest stars like Bernadette Peters — singing and dancing. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:21:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 18793 at http://kgou.org When 'Hit List' Got Another Shot At An Audience A Couple Of Knights (And Matinees) On Broadway http://kgou.org/post/couple-knights-and-matinees-broadway Ian<strong> </strong>McKellen and Patrick Stewart have known each other for years — they were both actors at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the '60s and '70s, and both achieved broader fame through movies and television. Both were knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for their work onstage and off. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:42:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 17816 at http://kgou.org A Couple Of Knights (And Matinees) On Broadway Here's A Wild Idea For Shakespeare: Do It His Way http://kgou.org/post/heres-wild-idea-shakespeare-do-it-his-way This season, New York audiences have seen wildly different interpretations of Shakespeare plays. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 10:11:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 16890 at http://kgou.org Here's A Wild Idea For Shakespeare: Do It His Way