Jeff Lunden appears in the following:
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The plays of William Shakespeare are known for their enduring universality, so the Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of Julius Caesar -- set in a chaotic African dictatorship, with an all-black cast — makes a certain sense.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Roald Dahl's beloved children's novel is set to hit the stage as a Broadway musical. The musical's creators say the show skews closer to the beloved book than to Danny DeVito's 1996 movie, leaning more on the original's naughty charm.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
These days, a hit show can run not just for years but for decades. So how do you keep it fresh for new audiences? Reporter Jeff Lunden talks to people who work on three of Broadway's biggest hits to find out.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Kinky Boots, the quirky independent British film, has been turned into a splashy Broadway musical with a score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper. Reporter Jeff Lunden takes look.
Monday, April 01, 2013
Lucky Guy is one of the spring theater season's most highly anticipated plays. It stars Hanks, in his first Broadway performance, as tabloid journalist Mike McAlary. Director George Wolfe calls Ephron's last play "a love poem to journalism."
Monday, April 01, 2013
Winter Morning Walks, an album featuring jazz composer Maria Schneider and soprano Dawn Upshaw, revolves around meditations on nature and beauty by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. All three artists have had battles with cancer — when, Schneider says, "everything in life becomes heightened."
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Theatrical clowning duo Bill Irwin and David Shiner haven't shared the spotlight onstage since the late 1990s. Now, with a collaborative theater project running at off-Broadway's Signature Theatre, they bring their zany brand of participatory slapstick to a new generation.
Saturday, March 02, 2013
Winning a leading role on Broadway by way of a reality TV show may not have been the most traditional career path. But Laura Osnes proved she was the real deal. The young actress leads a revival of Cinderella opening this weekend.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
A Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' iconic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof may feature big names, but it aims for a quiet kind of authenticity. Director Rob Ashford asked his cast to take their characters off the pedestal of dramatic history and put them back in the scene.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
The Academy Award-winning actress was a star on both stage and screen, best known for roles in Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve and Oklahoma!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
This summer marks the half-century anniversary of Central Park's Delacorte Theater, home of the free annual Shakespeare in the Park. Jeff Lunden looks at the theater's beginnings and how it continues its work today with a new production of As You Like It.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
One of New York's most loved cabaret spaces will not return after renovations. Singer Andrea Marcovicci was kind of a lifer at the Oak Room. For 25 years she performed there, surrounded by its burnished wood panels and ornate wall sconces.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
A British comedy that was the fastest selling ticket in the history of London's West End opens on Broadway tonight with its original cast. As Jeff Lunden reports, One Man, Two Guvnors is full of whimsically portrayed stereotypes — and is based on 500-year-old comic traditions.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
The Australian actress known in the U.S. for her role on HBO's Six Feet Under returns to her roots as a stage actress in Other Desert Cities. "Theater was where I began," she says.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Once, the 2007 film about a street musician and Czech immigrant who pen songs during an unforgettable week in Dublin, is now an off-Broadway musical. John Tiffany, the acclaimed director of Black Watch, collaborates with Irish playwright Enda Walsh to tell the emotionally charged love story.
Friday, September 29, 2006
Critics have said that Osvaldo Golijov may be the first significant classical music composer to define the sound of the 21st century. It's part of the reason why he was named a MacArthur fellow in 2003. Jeff Lunden spoke with Golijov about his love ...
Friday, May 12, 2006
Can a computer compose Baroque music as well as Bach? Some programmers and musicologists are trying to find out. Jeff Lunden explains why.
Saturday, January 01, 2005
When surrounded by harmonious caroling during the holiday season, do you ever secretly wonder whether you're tone deaf? You can take heart, because true tone deafness, otherwise known as congenital amusia, is actually quite rare. Jeff Lunden talked with scientists trying to unlock the mystery of this discordant condition.
Saturday, September 27, 2003
Back in the fall of 1892, the prominent Czech composer Antonin Dvorak sailed to New York and wound up staying for three and a half years. While he was here he created several masterworks, including his best known, the New World Symphony. Jeff Lunden explains that with that piece, ...
Saturday, June 28, 2003
In the 1930s and '40s, Hollywood became a major destination for European composers fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe, and they made Tinseltown an important musical center, not just for film scores, but for contemporary classical music. Produced by Jeff Lunden.