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Hear an interview with Julia Wade and Peter Link from our November 6, 2004 "First Saturdays" broadcast [20 min. interview, 8.1MB file]

PETER LINK is best known for his work as a composer. He has won the NY DRAMA DESK AWARD for his work in SALVATION, out of which came his first Gold Record, IF YOU LET ME MAKE LOVE TO YOU, THEN WHY CAN'T I TOUCH YOU? which sold over two million records. He is a two-time Tony Award Nominee both for his musical score of Joseph Papp's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, which was presented at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, on Broadway and also as a CBS Television Special, and for his score for Neil Simon's THE GOOD DOCTOR. His musical concert, THE RIVER swept the off-Broadway TOR AWARDS as not only Best Musical, but also won for Mr. Link Best Director and Best Composer/Lyricist. Mr. Link also served as Composer-in-Residence at the New York Shakespeare Festival for several years where he wrote the score for many shows - some of which include IPHIGENIA, OLDER PEOPLE, THE ORPHAN, COMEDY OF ERRORS, and TRELAWNEY OF THE WELLS at Lincoln Center. His Broadway credits include ULYSSES IN NIGHTTOWN starring Zero Mostel, LYSISTRATA starring Melina Mercouri, THE MIGHTY GENTS starring Morgan Freeman, and KING OF HEARTS.

One of Mr. Link's great loves is his work in the pop music world. As a song writer, record producer, artistic director, and sometimes performer, he keeps his finger on the pulse of the times through many various activities. He has recently finished a double CD of his own songs entitled THRU ME - The songs of Peter Link which he wrote and produced. He has recently finished orchestrating and producing a CD for the pre-Broadway production of AFRICA PLUMBRIDGE a new musical out of Chicago.
He has also been most instrumental in directing the career of JENNY BURTON and composing, producing and directing THE JENNY BURTON EXPERIENCE. This Pop / Inspirational / R&B act has broken all box office records playing to packed houses in their seven year run in New York City. The group swept all the major cabaret awards for BEST VOCAL GROUP including the Backstage Bistro Award, The Critics Choice Award and The MAC Award. He has also written and produced many of the songs for her albums. He produced a new album for opera star Frederica Von Stade. Mr. Link also wrote and produced three songs for Harry Belafonte's movie BEAT STREET. His songs have also been recorded by Johnnie Mathis, Dionne Warwick, Peggy Lee and even Mae West. He is presently writing and producing songs for the new Jenny Burton album. He also built and owned Westrax Recording Studios, a dynamic 64 track digital/midi recording studio in New York City. He owns Westrax Publishing, and is presently producing his own music at Link Recording Studios in New York City and Westcliffe, Colorado.

In addition to composing for the theatre, Mr. Link has written the film scores for several Movies of the Week for television, NIGHTMARE with Richard Crenna and Patty Duke, THE GREAT NIAGARA with Richard Boone and ENORMOUS CHANGES AT THE LAST MINUTE for presentation on Home Box Office. Mr. Link also wrote and produced three songs for Harry Belafonte's movie BEATSTREET and a song for the movie RAPPIN'. He also created and wrote the title song and theme music for VEGETABLE SOUP, the popular children's television show on racism which has run since 1975 on both NBC and NET and for which he won several ASIFA Animation Awards. He also composed and performed the scores for HIGH FEATHER, a children's television series on nutrition. He has also contributed to other programming for children including SESAME STREET, THE ELECTRIC COMPANY and THE BIG BLUE MARBLE.

In 1976 he extended his musical influence to the ballet world, orchestrating, arranging and composing from Stephen Foster themes for the Joffrey Ballet Company's bicentennial ballet DRUMS, DREAMS AND BANJOS.

As a director he wrote and directed JOSH, a one man musical about the late Josh White starring his son Josh White Jr., the four highly successful productions of WAITIN' IN THE WINGS: The Night The Understudies Take Stage and ISLAND his own musical. In addition to this he produced, wrote and directed WITH HEARTFELT THANKS - A TRIBUTE TO LEE STRASBERG at Lincoln Center which featured over thirty major stars and CLOSE UPON THE HOUR, a benefit evening for the American Run for the End of Aids featuring his songs and starring all of the top New York cabaret stars.

Mr. Link began his career in New York studying acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner. Upon graduation he immediately won a long-running major role on CBS's AS THE WORLD TURNS. He performed in a number of national network commercials and played the lead in HAIR on Broadway and the lead in his own SALVATION. He also played a feature role in the film THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS with Jack Lemmon.

He presently has a number of exciting projects on the boards. His western musical, SUNDOWN, has recently been workshopped at the York Theatre Company in NYC and at the ASCAP/Disney workshops in NYC and in May of 2002 had its world premier receiving rave reviews at the Lyric Stage in Dallas. It played a 2 month run at the Barter Theater in Virginia in the spring of 2003.

His revival of KING OF HEARTS was performed to rave reviews at the Goodspeed Opera in the fall of 2002. His Concert Attraction, SEVEN ROADS TO HEAVEN, is presently being developed. Also his musical, ISLAND is also presently under development.

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