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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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Encore: At The Museum of Broadway, people learn what it takes to make a show

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The Wiz is just one of the shows celebrated in the new Museum of Broadway. Monique Carboni/Museum of Broadway hide caption

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The Museum of Broadway reveals the show behind the show

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The company of this production of 1776 is multi-racial and trans, female and nonbinary. Joan Marcus/Roundabout Theatre Company hide caption

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In the Broadway musical '1776,' the revolution is in the casting

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Angela Lansbury's acting career extended over an extraordinary seven decades. She is pictured above in Los Angeles in 2014. Casey Curry/Invision/AP hide caption

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Angela Lansbury, a beloved star of the screen and stage, has died at 96

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The new interior of David Geffen Hall, during a New York Philharmonic tuning session. Michael Moran/New York Philharmonic hide caption

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Stripped to the bones: Why a new NYC concert hall sounds so much better

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Charles Fuller dies at 83

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Playwright Tom Stoppard was in his 50s when he learned of his Jewish heritage. Almost 20 years after that discovery, he engages with with his family history and identity in the play Leopoldstadt. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Tom Stoppard brings his Jewish identity to the stage – decades after he learned of it

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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Where are the Black musicians in the country's largest orchestras?

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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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