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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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Marjan Neshat (in white dress), Roxanna Hope Radja (behind couch), Nikki Massoud and Artemis Pebdani in Wish You Were Here. Joan Marcus/Playwrights Horizons hide caption

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Iranian-American playwright is set on breaking expectations

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Photos: The Golden Age of Broadway is celebrated in a new online exhibit

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The seven actresses in POTUS, now on Broadway. Julie White (left, top), Lilli Cooper, Rachel Dratch, Vanessa Williams, Lea DeLaria, Julianne Hough (front left), Suzy Nakamura Jenny Anderson/POTUS hide caption

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Broadway's 'POTUS': Should these women save the president?

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Jared Grimes (l) as Eddie Ryan and Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl Matthew Murphy/Funny Girl hide caption

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From Fanny to Barbra to Beanie: 'Funny Girl' comes back to Broadway

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On the date of Columbine, 8 plays on gun violence will be read across the U.S.

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(from left) McKennzie Boyd, Taylor Lafayette and Anya Jimenez are among the teenage playwrights chosen to present their work about gun violence, marking the 23rd anniversary of the Columbine shootings. #Enough hide caption

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Young playwrights confront gun violence with their art and say #Enough

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James McAvoy stars in the London production of Cyrano de Bergerac, now playing in Brooklyn. Mark Brenner/BAM hide caption

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A stripped-down 'Cyrano' — a London import — is all about language

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Some of the vendors at the Broadway Makers Marketplace, which carries their handmade goods Michael T. Clarkston /Broadway Makers Marketplace hide caption

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At the Broadway Makers Marketplace, theater fans find both crafts and community

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Lise Davidsen, performing in the title role of Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at the Metropolitan Opera in Feb. 2022. Marty Sohl/The Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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Norwegian opera singer Lise Davidsen is on the verge of superstardom

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Tariq Trotter portrays a scientist who has invented a machine that can turn Black people white in the off-Broadway musical Black No More. Monique Carboni/The New Group hide caption

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A machine turns Black people white in the musical 'Black No More'

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Illustrator Peter Emmerich says he drew on both research and his own personal memories to draw people like Stephen Sondheim. "I put him in the book wearing what he was wearing when I met him," says Emmerich. "Because, like, I will never forget him in that red sweater." Courtesy of Penguin Random House hide caption

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Theater stars spring to life on the pages of 'B is for Broadway'

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Mrs. Doubtfire is one of the Broadway shows that reopened but then had to shut down for a while after cases of COVID spread among cast and crew. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images hide caption

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Omicron hampers Broadway. Fewer tourists are there for just a score of shows

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Two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage turns a triple play in New York City

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Cecily Strong is putting her personal spin on a celebrated one-woman show at The Shed in New York City this month. Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC hide caption

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Cecily Strong finds 'Signs of Intelligent Life' in a celebrated one-woman show

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