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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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The Broadway community is celebrating another year of pandemic survival

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Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green, co-authors of Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers Courtesy of the Rodgers-Beaty-Guettel family; Earl Wilson/New York Times hide caption

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Published 8 years after her death, Mary Rodgers' memoir is a true tell-all book

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Joshua Henry (left) and Gavin Creel in Into the Woods. Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman hide caption

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Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman

'Into the Woods' returns to Broadway

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Amir Arison (left) and Eris Sirakian in The Kite Runner. Joan Marcus hide caption

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'The Kite Runner' brings life in Afghanistan to Broadway

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The villainous King Richard III will be played by a woman in Shakespeare in the Park

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Danai Gurira and Matthew August Jeffers in the Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Richard III. Joan Marcus/Public Theater hide caption

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Why it matters that Danai Gurira is taking on Richard III

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Broadway's highest honors were handed out at Radio City Music Hall

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Ladies In WaitingFront, l-r: ElenaBonomo (Drums), Kimi Hayes (Guitar), Back l-r: Michelle Osbourne (Bass), Julia Schade(Conductor/Keyboard) Joan Marcus/Six hide caption

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The music conductors who make Broadway sing - but won't get Tonys

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Marjan Neshat (in white dress), Roxanna Hope Radja (behind couch), Nikki Massoud and Artemis Pebdani in Wish You Were Here. Joan Marcus/Playwrights Horizons hide caption

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Iranian-American playwright is set on breaking expectations

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Photos: The Golden Age of Broadway is celebrated in a new online exhibit

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