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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Dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet perform "Emeralds," the first movement of George Balanchine's Jewels, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. (Jewels, choreography by George Balanchine, © The George Balanchine Trust) Agathe Poupeney/Paris Opera Ballet hide caption

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3 Top Ballet Companies Convene For The Golden Anniversary Of 'Jewels'

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Eloise's dog, Weenie, wasn't always a pug, as evidenced by this 1954 Hilary Knight drawing. Collection of Hilary Knight/Copyright Kay Thompson/ New York Historical Society hide caption

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'Eloise At The Museum' Tells The Story Behind The Beloved Mischief-Maker

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Edward Albee, pictured here in 1967, won three Pulitzer Prizes over the course of his career. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Playwright Edward Albee's Incomplete Works May Never See The Light Of Day

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Jasmine Rogers performs a number as the Witch from Into the Woods. Henry McGee/NHSMTA hide caption

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'These Kids Are Insane': Jimmy Awards Celebrate Outstanding Teen Performers

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Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge star as Julia and Winston in the stage adaptation of George Orwell's 1984. Julieta Cervantes/DKC/O&M hide caption

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'1984' Comes To Broadway And 'It's Not An Easy Evening'

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Sponsors Pull Support For 'Julius Caesar' That Seems To Depict Trump

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Karyn Meek, production stage manager for the Tony-nominated musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, describes stage managers as "the hub of the wheel." Jeff Lunden for NPR hide caption

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Stage Managers: You Can't See Them, But Couldn't See A Show Without Them

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Elizabeth Taylor, (from left) George Segal, Richard Burton and Sandy Dennis starred in the 1966 film adaptation of Edward Albee's play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A theater director in Portland recently cast an African-American actor as Nick (Segal's role) — and found the Albee estate withheld rights to the play. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Why A Theater Director Made A 'Color-Conscious Choice' In 'Virginia Woolf' Casting

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Christy Altomare and Derek Klena star in the stage adaptation of the 1997 Fox animated film Anastasia. Matthew Murphy/Polk & Co. hide caption

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When It Comes To Family Musicals, Kids' Opinions Matter More Than Critics'

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