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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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Lynn Nottage photographed at A Broadway Celebration at the Times Square EDITION, in December 2021. Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for CAA hide caption

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Two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage turns a triple play in New York City

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Cecily Strong is putting her personal spin on a celebrated one-woman show at The Shed in New York City this month. Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC hide caption

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Cecily Strong finds 'Signs of Intelligent Life' in a celebrated one-woman show

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The Broadway cast of Come From Away had to cancel a week's performances before Christmas due to a COVID-19 outbreak. When it returned, eight out of the 12 actors in the show were substitutes. Matthew Murphy/© 2021 "Come From Away" on Broadway hide caption

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With COVID outbreaks, Broadway's understudies take center stage

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Latest COVID surge hits Broadway during the lucrative holiday season

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Shola Adewusi (foreground) and the company in rehearsal for Merry Wives. When the show first began its run, the audiences were mostly white. Then, the organization piloted Black theater nights, says the Public Theater's artistic director, Oskar Eustis. "And we had two nights in which the Delacorte was 98 percent Black audiences, 1500 people a night." Joan Marcus/Courtesy of the Public Theater hide caption

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Here's how theater directors have reimagined their work during the pandemic

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Alvin Ailey dancers Solomon Dumas, Samantha Figgins and Belen Indhira Pereyra in Robert Battle's dance "For Four." Christopher Duggan/Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater hide caption

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings 2 dances made for the web to the stage

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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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