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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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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Tenor William Burden, pictured at the far left, plays George Bailey in the new production. Karen Almond/Houston Grand Opera hide caption

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Bringing A Christmas Classic To Wonderful Life — On Stage

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Before His Name Was Known At All, Seuss Put Creatures On The Wall

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'Falsettos' Still Resonates In Changed Social Landscape

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Battlefield stars actors Sean O'Callaghan, Jared McNeill (as Yudishtira), Ery Nzaramba and Carole Karemera. Richard Termine/Courtesy of the Brooklyn Academy of Music hide caption

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A Guilt-Ridden Winner Takes Center Stage In Peter Brook's 'Battlefield'

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'The Encounter' Brings The Sound Of The Amazon To Broadway

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Breaking the Waves explores the relationship between a deeply religious young woman named Bess (played by Keira Duffy) and a Nordic oil worker named Jan. Dominic M. Mercier/Opera Philadelphia hide caption

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'It's Familiar To All The Women In My Family:' Adapting Von Trier For The Opera

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Albee, shown here in 1995, won Pulitzer Prizes for A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women and Tony awards for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Jack Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Playwright Edward Albee, Who Changed And Challenged Audiences, Dies At 88

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang on the balcony of David Geffen Hall while 1,000 people gathered below him on the Lincoln Center Plaza, in New York to sing one of his new pieces. Noriko Okabe hide caption

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On The Steps Of Lincoln Center, A Choir The Size Of An Army

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As an instrumental Fellow, Miles Salerni plays timpani with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Hilary Scott/Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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If At First (Or Fourth) You Don't Succeed, Join The Tanglewood Stage Crew

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