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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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Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, his co-director and co-writer on the new show Why? Pascal Victor/ArtComArt hide caption

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At 94, Director Peter Brook Is Still Asking The Deep Questions

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A 'Fiddler On The Roof' Match Made

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Creator Of Theatre On Film And Tape Archive Dies At 98

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For the ballpersons of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, footwork and athletic ability are important, but "good focus" is the first priority, says manager Tina Taps. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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At The U.S. Open, The Ball's In Their Court — And It's Their Job To Pick It Up

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The musical King Kong, which stars Christiani Pitts alongside a giant ape puppet, will end its run Aug. 18. Joan Marcus/Courtesy of King Kong hide caption

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'No Room For The Modest Hit Anymore': Broadway Prepares For Summer Closings

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Harold Prince poses with his Tony Award for best direction of a musical in 1980. He earned the honor for his work on Evita. Associated Press hide caption

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Hal Prince, Transformational Broadway Producer And Director, Has Died

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'Moulin Rouge!' The Musical Opens Tonight On Broadway

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Kenneth Kellogg, Briana Hunter and Aaron Crouch play The Father, The Mother and The Son in the world premiere of Blue at the 2019 Glimmerglass Festival. Karli Cadel/Courtesy of the festival hide caption

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New Opera 'Blue' Takes On The Tragedy Of Police Brutality

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LaChanze (left) and Elizabeth Teeter star in the Atlantic Theater Company's off-Broadway production of the musical adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees. Ahron R. Foster/Courtesy of The Secret Life of Bees hide caption

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'The Secret Life Of Bees' Takes On A 2nd Life As Musical Theater

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Jordan Weatherston Pitts (center) sings the role of Renata, the drag queen, with the company of New York City Opera's Stonewall. Sarah Shatz/Courtesy of New York City Opera hide caption

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'Stonewall' Opera Marks Uprising's 50th Anniversary

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'Hadestown' Wins 8 Tony Awards Including Best Musical

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Brian Drye plays trombone with Tony-nominated actress Amber Grey onstage in Hadestown. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of Hadestown, The Musical hide caption

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Into The Spotlight: Recognizing Broadway Musicians This Tony Awards Season

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Members of the New York Philharmonic, led by music director Alan Gilbert, during the opening of a new season on September 21, 2016 in New York. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images hide caption

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Hadestown was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, including one for best musical and another for best leading actress in a musical (Eva Noblezada, center). The awards ceremony is scheduled for June 9. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of Hadestown, The Musical hide caption

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Bertie Carvel (left) plays a young Rupert Murdoch in the play Ink, which chronicles the media mogul's early attempts to upend the insular world of British newspaper publishing. Also pictured: Bill Buell, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Stanton and Eden Marryshow. Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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'Ink' Goes Back In Time To Remember Murdoch Before He Was A Mogul

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