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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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Shetler Studios In New York City Closes Due To Economic Downturn

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Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell — who has recovered from the coronavirus — sings from his window to show appreciation for New York City's healthcare workers and first responders. "People need this, too," he says. "They need that connection. They need to be reconnected to themselves, to their own center, to each other, you know, to feel that we're all in this together." Rob Kim/Getty Images hide caption

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Now Playing On Broadway: Uncertainty, Unemployment And Displays Of Unity

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Dawn Ursula plays Toni Stone in American Conservatory Theater's production of Lydia R. Diamond's Toni Stone. Kevin Berne/A.C.T. hide caption

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The Show Must Go Online: Theaters Closed By COVID-19 Get Creative

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Fiona is a 3-year-old, 1,300-pound hippo, and she's a growing girl. Her keeper, Jenna Wingate, is grateful to be able to work during the coronavirus crisis: "It feels good to be needed," she says. Lisa Hubbard/Cincinnati Zoo hide caption

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Who Feeds Fiona? Cincinnati Zookeepers Make Sure There Are No Hungry Hippos

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Honored Playwright Terrence McNally Dies Of Coronavirus At Age 81

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The current production of Riverdance was updated for its 25th anniversary. But performances have been postponed for the rest of the month because of the coronavirus pandemic. Jack Hartin hide caption

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'Riverdance' Turns 25, But Has Put The Celebration On Hold — For Now

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