Jeff Lunden

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.



Fri March 25, 2011

For Lanford Wilson, The Plays Were Always Personal

Lanford Wilson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright whose work made waves both on and off-Broadway, passed away yesterday at age 73.

Wilson's work was always personal, whether he was writing about characters from his native Missouri or the prostitutes and junkies in the greasy spoon across the street from his New York apartment. In 1965, that coffee shop became the setting for his first major success.

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Thu March 17, 2011

A Second Run For Stoppard's Duality-Driven 'Arcadia'

In a career that's encompassed four decades, Tom Stoppard has written many witty, challenging and provocative plays — and the masterpiece among them, many critics feel, is Arcadia, which premiered in London in 1993, came to Broadway in 1995 and opens March 17 in its first New York revival.

But like many of Stoppard's plays, Arcadia isn't easily described: He's somehow managed to take on themes as divergent as chaos theory, academic ambition, the second law of thermodynamics, sex, and gardening.

"And then," Stoppard notes, "there's the Byron thing."

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Thu March 10, 2011

Broadway's Debut Of 'Spiderman' Delayed Again



And in New York, the most expensive Broadway show ever just got more expensive. "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" hasn't even opened yet, but it's been in the news for months for its astronomical cost, its reoccurring delays and injuries among cast members. The musical was supposed to open later this month, but it's delayed yet again.

We called reporter Jeff Lunden in New York City to find out what the latest is on Broadway's "Spider-Man" saga.

And Jeff, first, why the delay, and what is the new opening date?

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