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Jeff Lunden

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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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Blindness is a sound and light show based on a book by José Saramago. Helen Maybanks/via Bodeau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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Indoor Theater Slowly Resumes In A Socially Distanced Way In New York City

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When we spoke with Karyn Meek back in 2017, she was production stage manager for the Tony-nominated musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. She's now enrolled in online grad school. Meek says as a stage manager she's used to solving problems before they arise. The pandemic is "a problem that not only can I not solve — I can't even see what next week will be," she says. Jeff Lunden for NPR hide caption

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Where Are They Now? We Check In With Broadway Workers, Now Off Broadway

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Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City remains closed following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on Jan. 16, 2021. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

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Abigail Barlow, left, and Emily Bear are the creative duo behind Bridgerton the musical. "We wanted to be able to tell a stand-alone story and still honor what was created in the books and the TV show," says Barlow. "But honestly, we want to bring something new to these characters as well." Igor Kasyanyuk hide caption

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Now Playing On TikTok: 'Bridgerton' The Musical

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Born in Toronto, Christopher Plummer made his name as a classical actor — performing Shakespeare at the Stratford Festival in Canada and the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. He began acting in films in the 1950s. Charles Sykes/AP hide caption

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Christopher Plummer, Star Of Stage, Screen, 'Sound Of Music,' Dies At 91

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Daphne Rubin-Vega played Mimi in Rent. "It was a lot of fun to actually be able to practically apply my research of partying ..." she says. "I knew these people. I knew this world." She's pictured above with Adam Pascal in New York Theatre Workshop's 1996 production of Rent. Joan Marcus hide caption

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13,150,080 Minutes: It's Been 25 Years Since The First Performance Of 'Rent'

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The ever-curious Larry King adopted a philosophy of letting his guests be the star of the show and letting them teach him a thing or two. Rich Fury/Getty Images hide caption

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Veteran Broadcaster Larry King Dies At 87

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The Land of Snow scene from one of American Midwest Ballet's pre-pandemic productions of The Nutcracker. American Midwest Ballet hide caption

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No 'Nutcracker'? Or 'Messiah'? How Theaters Are Facing A COVID Christmas

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"Even in fragmented times, we can still find new forms of connection," says mentalist Scott Silven. His new virtual show is called The Journey. Scott Silven hide caption

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Illusionist Scott Silven Can Turn A Video Call Into A Magical 'Journey'

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Masked pedestrians enjoy Central Park earlier this year. The New York destination now has a site-specific soundtrack courtesy of composer Ellen Reid's Soundwalk app. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

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Central Park Is Alive With The Sound Of Music, Thanks To A Site-Specific App

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