Jeff Lunden
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Jeff Lunden

Jeff Lunden is a freelance arts reporter and producer whose stories have been heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, as well as on other public radio programs.

Lunden contributed several segments to the Peabody Award-winning series The NPR 100, and was producer of the NPR Music series Discoveries at Walt Disney Concert Hall, hosted by Renee Montagne. He has produced more than a dozen documentaries on musical theater and Tin Pan Alley for NPR — most recently A Place for Us: Fifty Years of West Side Story.

Other documentaries have profiled George and Ira Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Lorenz Hart, Harold Arlen and Jule Styne. Lunden has won several awards, including the Gold Medal from the New York Festival International Radio Broadcasting Awards and a CPB Award.

Lunden is also a theater composer. He wrote the score for the musical adaptation of Arthur Kopit's Wings (book and lyrics by Arthur Perlman), which won the 1994 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical. Other works include Another Midsummer Night, Once on a Summer's Day and adaptations of The Little Prince and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for Theatreworks/USA.

Lunden is currently working with Perlman on an adaptation of Swift as Desire, a novel of magic realism from Like Water for Chocolate author Laura Esquivel. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Actors take a bow after performing in BroadwayCon's opening ceremony, which was a kind of mini Broadway musical. Cheri Root/Courtesy of The Honig Company hide caption

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Theater

Young Theater Fans Find Their Tribe At The First Ever BroadwayCon

For one 14-year-old fan, BroadwayCon was a chance to meet people who understand her theater obsession. "We can share what we love," she says.

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In The Glory of the World, 17 actors, all men, mark author and Catholic monk Thomas Merton's 100th birthday. Bill Brymer/BAM hide caption

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Violet Newman is one of five young girls who make up the cast of Employee of the Year, one of the plays being featured at this year's Under the Radar Festival. Maria Baranova/Courtesy of the Public Theater hide caption

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Alex Brightman stars as Dewey Finn — a rocker turned substitute teacher — in the musical adaptation of School of Rock. Matthew Murphy/O&M Co. hide caption

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Says Music Empowers In 'School Of Rock'

The composer teamed up with Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, to create the new rock musical adaptation of the 2003 movie.

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Griffin Matthews stars in Invisible Thread, a semi-autobiographical musical he co-wrote with his partner, Matt Gould. Joan Marcus/Courtesy of Polk and Company hide caption

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Though the Roundabout Theatre can only pay regional theater rates it's attracted stars like Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Jessica Lange, Jason Robards, Liev Schreiber, and others. Above, Clive Owen and Kelly Reilly star as Deeley and Kate in the Roundabout revival of Old Times. Joan Marcus/Roundabout Theatre hide caption

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Tim Pigott-Smith plays a bewildered but principled monarch in the new "future history" play King Charles III. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Annaleigh Ashford plays the title character — a poodle mix — in Sylvia, at the Cort Theatre in Broadway. Matthew Broderick plays the man who finds Sylvia in Central Park. Joan Marcus/Jeffrey Richards Associates hide caption

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Aleksandrs Antonenko (right) will be the Met's first tenor to forego skin darkening makeup to play the lead role in Verdi's Otello. Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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Soprano Dawn Upshaw (second from right) and fellows from Tanglewood's summer program performed the world premiere of Michael Gandolfi's Carroll in Numberland July 25. Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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At 75, Tanglewood's Student Program Holds Focus On New Music And People Making It

The Boston Symphony's summer program for young musicians has long been commissioning works and fostering new talent.

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