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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Cynthia Nixon (left) and Laura Linney alternate playing the roles of Regina (left) and Birdie in The Little Foxes. Joan Marcus/Courtesy of Bonyeau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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Two Stars Share The Stage, And The Roles, In 'Little Foxes'

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Composer Tim Minchin Brings 'Groundhog Day' To Broadway

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Come From Away, whose cast is pictured here, is one of many musicals competing for attention in Broadway's current surge of openings. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of Polk and Co. hide caption

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Broadway Producers Reckon With A Crowded Season

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical Hamilton won 11 Tonys in 2016. It still draws sellout crowds to the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York as well to touring productions. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP hide caption

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A Blind Theatergoer's 'Hamilton' Lawsuit Aims Spotlight On Broadway Accessibility

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Acrobat Samantha Sterman appears in the Only Child Aerial Theatre's latest show, Asylum. Andrew T. Foster/Courtesy of Helene Davis Public Relations hide caption

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Not Your Grandpa's Circus: The Big Top Makes Room For Experimental Companies

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Somali refugee Asad Abdullahi is played by four different actors, each wearing the same white hat: (left to right) Zoleka Mpotsha, Ayanda Tikolo, Siphosethu Juta and Luvo Tamba. Keith Pattison/Courtesy of BAM hide caption

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'Man Of Good Hope' Tells A Somali Refugee's Story — In Song

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Broadway's Getting A New Theater, Which Is Also Its Oldest

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James Earl Jones stars in August Wilson's Fences in 1985. Fences is one of several plays Wilson premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre. William B. Carter/Courtesy of Matt Ross Public Relations hide caption

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Yale Repertory Marks 50 Years As A Theater Incubator

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Some Rockettes At Odds With Management Over Inauguration Performance

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"I won't do anything unless I'm mad crazy about the music and the composer and really feeling like they're contributing something to the field that is different," Beth Morrison says. Michael Nagle/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Meet The Producer Who Runs Her Opera Empire From A 2-Bedroom Apartment

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Starting in October, seven police officers and seven civilians got together once a week to get to know one another and do improvisational exercises. At the end of the 10-week journey they starred in To Protect, Serve, and Understand, a free show at the Brooklyn Music School. Above, Officer Desmond John, left, and Kathie Horejsi. Amanda Hinkle hide caption

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Brooklyn Police And The People They Serve Improvise 'Understanding' On Stage

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Wheeldon says the World's Fair was a natural fit for The Nutcracker's second act. Above, Christine Rocas and Fabrice Calmels. Cheryl Mann/Joffrey/Boneau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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Taking A Crack At A New 'Nutcracker': This One's Set At The World's Fair

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"I speak about the mindsets of these characters," composer Kaija Saariaho says. "What does it mean that we love somebody? And do we really love another person, or do we love our idea of love?" Maarit Kytöharju/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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'Half Of Humanity Has Something To Say': Composer Kaija Saariaho On Her Met Debut

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