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Jeff Lunden

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.

Story Archive

Saturday

Amber Iman and Eden Espinosa in Lempicka. Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman/Lempicka hide caption

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'Lempicka' showcases a little-known queer artist's dazzling life

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Wednesday

Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang has died

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Saturday

An outpost of The Second City has opened in Brooklyn. Above, the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan skyline are pictured at sunset. Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Second City, named for its Chicago location, opens an outpost in New York

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Tuesday

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Chita Rivera, Broadway's 'first great triple threat,' dies at 91

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Monday

Brian d'Arcy James and Kelli O'Hara star in a new Broadway adaptation of the 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Joan Marcus

'Days of Wine and Roses,' a film about love and addiction, is now a spirited musical

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Tuesday

The cast in How to Dance in Ohio in its World Premiere at Syracuse Stage, 2022 Curtis Brown/How to Dance in Ohio hide caption

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'How to Dance in Ohio' is a Broadway musical starring 7 autistic actors

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Saturday

Blake Roman, left, Steven Telsey, Zal Owen, Danny Kornfeld, Eric Peters and Sean Bell in Harmony. Julieta Cervantes/Harmony hide caption

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An early boy band was world famous — until the Nazis took over

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Monday

Sondheim had the highest standards for himself, the director of Here We Are said. Emilio Madrid/Here We Are hide caption

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The task? Finish Stephen Sondheim's last musical. No pressure.

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Wednesday

Leslie Odom Jr., who won a Tony playing Aaron Burr in Hamilton, is now back on Broadway as Purlie. Marc J. Franklin/Purlie Victorious hide caption

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A Jim Crow satire returns to Broadway after 62 years — and it's a romp, not a relic

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Wednesday

1985 sci-fi comedy 'Back to the Future' and its famous DeLorean are now on Broadway

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Friday

Tim Hatley's sketch shows the musical's DeLorean on stage. Tim Hatley/Back to the Future: The Musical hide caption

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How 'Back to the Future: The Musical' created a DeLorean that flies

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Saturday

You can immerse yourself — literally — in this Broadway show

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Tuesday

Arielle Jacobs and Jose Llana as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos in Here Lives Love. Billy Bustamante, Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman hide caption

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You can immerse yourself — literally — in this Broadway show

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Friday

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Broadway lyricist Sheldon Harnick, who wrote 'Fiddler on the Roof,' dies at 99

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Thursday

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British star Glenda Jackson has died at age 87

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Monday

For the first time, 2 nonbinary actors were nominated for Tonys. They both won

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Sunday

"This was a tough shot to get," Marc J. Franklin says of this photo he took for Some Like It Hot. Marc J. Franklin hide caption

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Marc J. Franklin

We ask 3 Broadway photographers: How do you turn a live show into a still image?

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Saturday

Annaleigh Ashford, left, and Josh Groban star in Broadway's current revival of Sweeney Todd. Ashford says it's rare for musicals to have this large of an orchestra. Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman/Sweeney Todd hide caption

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After years of ever-shrinking orchestras, some Broadway musicals are going big

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Thursday

Alex Newell has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Emilio Madrid/Shucked hide caption

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Tony Awards have gendered actor categories — where do nonbinary people fit?

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Sunday

A rarely revived Lorraine Hansberry play comes to Broadway

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Saturday

John Riddle as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as the Phantom and Emilie Kouatchou as Christine, take a bow at the end of the final performance of the Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater in New York City on April 16, 2023. Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'Phantom of the Opera' takes a final Broadway bow after 13,981 performances

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'Phantom of the Opera' takes a final Broadway bow after 13,981 performances

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Wednesday

Annaleigh Ashford and Josh Groban in the 2023 Broadway production of Sweeney Todd. Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman hide caption

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As 'Sweeney Todd' returns to Broadway, 4 Sweeneys dish about the difficult role

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Thursday

Actor Topol, who appeared in 'Fiddler on the Roof' hundreds of times, has died

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