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Jeff Lunden

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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In The Wolves, characters are known only by their jersey numbers. Playwright Sarah DeLappe says she wanted to portray them "not as daughters, not as girlfriends, not as sexual objects, but as athletes." Julieta Cervantes/Courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater hide caption

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Like A War Movie, But 'On A Planet Of Teenage Girls'

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Katrina Lenk's and Tony Shalhoub's characters have an almost-romance in The Band's Visit. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Broadway's 'The Band's Visit' Tells A Story Of Common Ground Between Cultures

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The Tallis Scholars, one of four choir groups who will be performing at Lincoln Center's The Psalms Experience. Kevin Yatarola/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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150 Psalms, 12 Days: Music for Challenging Times At The White Light Festival

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Denise Gough as Emma, an actress who goes into rehab after coming unhinged onstage, in People, Places & Things. Gough won an Olivier award for the role during the play's London run. Teddy Wolfe hide caption

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'People, Places & Things' Is A Clear-Eyed Look At Addiction

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Nia Vardalos stars in Tiny Beautiful Things, a stage adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's book of "Dear Sugar" advice columns. Joan Marcus/Public Theater hide caption

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'Beautiful Things' Revealed In Stage Adaptation Of Cheryl Strayed's Advice Column

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New York City Ballet Director of Costumes Marc Happel and Draper Kellie Sheehan conduct a costume fitting with soloist Indiana Woodward for Justin Peck's Pulcinella Variations, with costumes designed by Tsumori Chisato. Erin Baiano/Courtesy of New York City Ballet hide caption

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Above The Ballet, Where The Tutus Are Made

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Actress Nadine Malouf makes kubah as she tells stories about Syria's civil war in Oh My Sweet Land. Pavel Antonov /Blake Zidell & Associates hide caption

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In Kitchens Across New York, 'Oh My Sweet Land' Serves Up Stories Of Syria

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The opera We Shall Not Be Moved revisits the story of the 1985 bombing of the MOVE house in Philadelphia, and that tragedy's impact on Philadelphia's youth. Shown here: Actors portraying the ghosts that inhabit the site of the bombing surround character Un/Sung (Lauren Whitehead, center). Dave DiRentis /Opera Philadelphia hide caption

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'We Shall Not Be Moved': A New Opera Traces The Legacy Of The 1985 MOVE Bombing

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Sir Peter Hall ran the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He's pictured above in London in July 1987. AP hide caption

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Director Peter Hall, A Champion Of British Theater, Dies At 86

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Casting Directors On Broadway Seek To Unionize

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Hal Prince was in his 20s when began working on Broadway, as an unpaid assistant to director George Abbott. In his nearly 70-year career, Prince has won 21 Tony awards. He's shown above in New York in November 1974. Jerry Mosey/AP hide caption

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'Prince Of Broadway' Pays Tribute To A Musical Theater Legend

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Barbara Cook performs at the 120th anniversary of New York's Carnegie Hall in 2011. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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Barbara Cook, Tony Award-Winning Actress And Singer, Dies At 89

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A Working Actor: Performing In 2 Different Plays On The Same Day

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Dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet perform "Emeralds," the first movement of George Balanchine's Jewels, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. (Jewels, choreography by George Balanchine, © The George Balanchine Trust) Agathe Poupeney/Paris Opera Ballet hide caption

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3 Top Ballet Companies Convene For The Golden Anniversary Of 'Jewels'

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