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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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Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim in New York in 1976. Sondheim died on Friday at age 91. R. Jones/Getty Images hide caption

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Stephen Sondheim, the Broadway legend, has died at 91

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Erin Morley (Eurydice), Joshua Hopkins (Orpheus) and Jakub Józef Orliński (Orpheus's Double) in Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice, at the Metropolitan Opera. Marty Sohl/The Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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In 'Eurydice,' Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl recast opera's foundational myth

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Pianist Simone Dinnerstein illuminates a lifetime in art with a new multimedia concert

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Audra McDonald and Leslie Odom Jr. will host different parts of the Tony Awards broadcast on Sept. 26: the awards ceremony and the following two-hour celebration of Broadway's return, respectively. Associated Press hide caption

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4 Things To Know Ahead Of The 2021 Tony Awards

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'Hadestown' Returns To Broadway

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Curtains Up! Broadway Musicals Return, But COVID Concerns Are Center Stage

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Can't Let It Go: Two looks from Disney's Frozen, by Christopher Oram, including Elsa's Ice Dress Rebecca J. Michelson/Grapevine Public Relations hide caption

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Many Stages Are Still Dark, But You Can Now See These Iconic Costumes Up Close

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Jon Michael Hill (seated) and Namir Smallwood star in Pass Over, the first play to return to Broadway since the COVID-19 closure. Jeremy Daniel/Matt Ross Public Relations hide caption

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Broadway's 1st Play Since COVID Closure Blends Bible, Beckett, Black Lives Matter

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Audience members assembled on the lawn to enjoy the Boston Symphony Orchestra, newly returned to Tanglewood after last season's cancellation. Hilary Scott/Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Back Together And Blown Away: The Boston Symphony Orchestra Returns To Tanglewood

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The Statue Of Liberty's (Very) Little Sister Is Coming To Town

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The Lincoln Center campus, presently adorned in a green carpet of synthetic grass, hosts a Juneteenth experience June 19. Sachyn Mital/Lincoln Center hide caption

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In New York City, A Juneteenth Event Examines The Meaning Of Freedom

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American composers and musicians Noble Sissle, center left, and Eubie Blake, on piano, perform with a group of women on stage in the early 20th century. Sissle and Blake wrote the score for Shuffle Along. Anthony Barboza/Getty Images hide caption

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'Shuffle Along' Changed Musical Theater 100 Years Ago

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Mario Gotoh performs for a single listener in a One-To-One Concert hosted by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Ed Lefkowicz/Brooklyn Academy of Music hide caption

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One-To-One Concerts Bring Listeners Back To Live Music, One At A Time

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