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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'Ghost' Soprano Marni Nixon, Who Voiced Blockbuster Musicals, Dies At 86

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Hamilton Wins 11 Tonys Out Of Its 16 Nominations

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Michelle Gonzalez has been an usher for 11 years. She's the newly elected shop steward at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, home of the musical Waitress. Jeff Lunden/NPR hide caption

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May I Help You Find Your Seat? We Sat Down With Broadway's Longtime Ushers

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Dez, Faye and Shanita (played by Jason Dirden, Lynda Gravatt and Nikiya Mathis) are the "skeleton crew" left behind in a Detroit auto plant after layoffs in 2008. Ahron R. Foster/Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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After Factory Layoffs, The 'Skeleton Crew' Is Left Behind

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In Henry IV, Sir John Falstaff, played by Antony Sher (left), is a rogue and a liar, but he also serves as a mentor to King Henry IV's son, played by Alex Hassell. Richard Termine/Courtesy of BAM hide caption

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Shakespeare Saw '360 Degrees Of Humanity,' And That's Why He Endures

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Pop singer Sara Bareilles (right) shares a moment with Jessie Mueller, star of the new Broadway musical Waitress, for which Bareilles wrote the score. Pamela Hanson /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Can Pop Musicals Bring New Audiences To Broadway?

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Tenor Lawrence Brownlee plays the title role in the new opera Charlie Parker's Yardbird. Dominic Mercier/Opera Philadelphia hide caption

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Opera And Jazz Mingle In 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird'

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You may know Gurira as Michonne, the samurai sword-wielding zombie slayer on The Walking Dead. But she's also an award-winning playwright and this week, two of her works are opening in New York. Jason Kempin/Getty Images hide caption

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'Zimerican' Playwright Danai Gurira Brings African Stories To American Stages

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The Humans is set during a family's Thanksgiving dinner, hosted by the youngest daughter and her boyfriend. (Pictured: Reed Birney, Sarah Steele, Jayne Houdyshell, Arian Moayed) Brigitte Lacombe/Courtesy of O&M Co. hide caption

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Family Drama Meets Existential Horror In 'The Humans'

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Ethel Waters and Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson in the 1943 film version of Cabin in the Sky, directed by Vincente Minnelli. John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Ar/Getty Images hide caption

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A New 'Cabin In The Sky' Offers Universal Stories — And A Problematic Past

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Jaap Van Zweden Named Next Music Director Of The New York Philharmonic

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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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Young Theater Fans Find Their Tribe At The First Ever BroadwayCon

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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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'Glory Of The World' Is More Wacky Birthday Party Than Traditional Play

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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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Why Do Theater? Every Year, International Festival Looks For Answers

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