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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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New York Philharmonic music director Jaap van Zweden performs at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center on Sept. 20, 2018 in New York City. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Struggle To Find Their Way

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Remembering Broadway Star Marin Mazzie

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In the current production of Be More Chill, an unpopular high school student named Jeremy (played by Will Roland, center) swallows a pill (which is actually a microcomputer) in order to be more, well, chill. The show moves to Broadway in early 2019. Maria Baranova/Courtesy of Be More Chill hide caption

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Broadway Is About To 'Be More Chill'

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Leonard Bernstein conducting at London's Royal Festival Hall in 1963. Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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The Complex Life Of Leonard Bernstein, A Once-In-A-Century Talent

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Actors, Married For 35 Years, Enrich Their Lives With Others' Words

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Fifty years after it was first staged, The Boys in the Band is finally playing on Broadway, with an all-gay cast including several film and TV stars. Joan Marcus/Polk and Co. hide caption

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A Stage Revival, And 50 Years Of Survival, For 'The Boys In The Band'

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Though the musical Mean Girls is nominated for a dozen Tony Awards, no Tonys are given to Broadway choruses. Kamille Upshaw is pictured in the bright green jacket, right of center. Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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A Campaign For 'Often The Hardest-Working People On Stage' — The Chorus

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Luz Nicolás stars in Exquisita Agonía by Nilo Cruz, which premieres in May at Repertorio Español. Michael Palma Mir/Sam Rudy Media Relations hide caption

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Repertorio Español Celebrates 50 Years With A World Premiere

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Dancers from The American Ballet Theatre perform Robbins' ballet Fancy Free in 1946. Baron/Getty Images hide caption

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'Jerome Robbins 100' Is A Centennial Celebration Of Timeless Choreography

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an original play by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne and J.K. Rowling. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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Muggles Rejoice: 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Is Now On Broadway

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Caissie Levy plays Elsa (left) and Patti Murin plays her sister Anna in the Broadway musical version of Frozen. Deen van Meer/Disney Theatrical Productions hide caption

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'Frozen' Hits Broadway, In 'A Sophisticated Dignified Adult Psychological' Way

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Musical Connections musicians perform with teaching artists Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Camila Meza at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in 2017. Stephanie Berger/Carnegie Hall hide caption

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Making Musical Connections At Sing Sing Prison

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Seventeen Broadway theaters are now using technology that allows deaf and hearing-impaired patrons to see closed captions on their smartphones. Unlike the white smartphone background seen here, the GalaPro app screen is dark. Caiaimage/Sam Edwards/Getty Images hide caption

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It's OK To Look At Your Phone At A Broadway Show, If Your Hearing Is Impaired

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Actor John Mahoney, Dad On 'Frasier,' Dies At 77

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