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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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July 21 is the centennial of the birth of Isaac Stern. The violinist worked with his contemporaries, like Igor Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein, and went on to mentor the next generation of musicians. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy Lives On After 100 Years

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Singing In The Dark Times: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir Takes On New Meaning

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On Site Opera Offers Live Performances Over The Phone For Just 1 Person At A Time

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Actors' Equity Approves 2 Live Theater Performances In Western Massachusetts

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Nick Cordero attends the 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2014 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions hide caption

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'Never Known A Kinder Person': Actor Nick Cordero Dies Of COVID-19 At 41

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American actor, producer and director Orson Welles speaks into a microphone during a broadcast of his CBS radio program 'First Person Singular' circa 1938. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Theaters Return To An Old Art Form — The Radio Drama — With A Twist

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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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