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Jeff Lunden

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Taking A Crack At A New 'Nutcracker': This One's Set At The World's Fair

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has a fresh take on the classic Christmas tale. The $4 million Joffrey Ballet production premieres Saturday, and doesn't center around a wealthy Victorian family.

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'Half Of Humanity Has Something To Say': Composer Kaija Saariaho On Her Met Debut

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Saariaho isn't the first woman composer to stage an opera at New York's Metropolitan Opera — just the first in more than a century. Her opera, L'Amour de Loin, has its New York premiere this week.

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Bringing A Christmas Classic To Wonderful Life — On Stage

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Librettist Gene Scheer says the drama of George Bailey's life is "an operatic story." So he, along with composer Jake Heggie, turned It's a Wonderful Life into an opera.

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Before His Name Was Known At All, Seuss Put Creatures On The Wall

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Decades before he became a beloved children's book author, Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) created a series of whimsical sculptures he called "Unorthodox Taxidermy."

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'Falsettos' Still Resonates In Changed Social Landscape

Thursday, October 27, 2016

When Falsettos first premiered in 1981, this frank, funny musical about gay, Jewish life in New York City was covering new territory. Now a revival is in the works, but will it still feel resonant in an age where gay rights have become mainstream?

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A Guilt-Ridden Winner Takes Center Stage In Peter Brook's 'Battlefield'

Saturday, October 08, 2016

The theater director's latest production was inspired by the civil war in Syria. It tells the story of Yudishtira, a prince who is overwhelmed by guilt after he wins a bloody war.

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'The Encounter' Brings The Sound Of The Amazon To Broadway

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

In 1969, an explorer and photographer named Loren McIntyre was dropped into the Amazon rainforest to try and make contact with a tribe called the Mayoruna. Now his story is headed to Broadway. The show uses binaural audio to play sounds of the rainforest in 3-D.

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Prolific Conductor Neville Marriner Has Died

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Neville Marriner died overnight at age 92. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields conductor was famous for his score to the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus.

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'It's Familiar To All The Women In My Family:' Adapting Von Trier For The Opera

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Composer Missy Mazzoli wouldn't call Lars von Trier's film Breaking the Waves, a feminist project. But its portrayal of a woman's experience was part of what drew her to help reimagine it onstage.

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Playwright Edward Albee, Who Changed And Challenged Audiences, Dies At 88

Friday, September 16, 2016

"All art should be useful," Albee said. "If it's merely decorative, it's a waste of time." The Pulitzer-winning playwright of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? died Friday following a short illness.

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On The Steps Of Lincoln Center, A Choir The Size Of An Army

Sunday, August 14, 2016

One thousand singers gathered Saturday to perform a new work by Pulitzer winner David Lang. Reporter Jeff Lunden was one of them.

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If At First (Or Fourth) You Don't Succeed, Join The Tanglewood Stage Crew

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Percussionist Miles Salerni repeatedly auditioned to be a Fellow at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home, but was rejected. So he found another way in.

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'OSLO' Tells The Surprising Story Behind A Historic Handshake

Saturday, August 06, 2016

A new play chronicles the secret negotiations that brokered the 1993 Palestinian-Israeli peace accord. It's a thriller, says playwright J.T. Rogers: "The ticking clock is the dramatist's friend."

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Rachel Chavkin Loves Chaos, And With 3 Shows In The Works, It Shows

Friday, July 29, 2016

The avant garde director has two shows running off-Broadway and a musical opening in October. Though she's working on several different projects, she says there's always "a conversation" between them.

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'Ghost' Soprano Marni Nixon, Who Voiced Blockbuster Musicals, Dies At 86

Monday, July 25, 2016

You might not know Marni Nixon's name, but you've probably heard her. Nixon dubbed the voices for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Deborah Kerr in The King and I.

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New York Artists Search for Creative Real Estate

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Facing rising rents for rehearsal and performance spaces, artists are coming up with their own solutions.

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Hamilton Wins 11 Tonys Out Of Its 16 Nominations

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tony Awards host James Corden and the night's biggest winners paid an emotional tribute to the 50 lives lost in a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday morning.

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May I Help You Find Your Seat? We Sat Down With Broadway's Longtime Ushers

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Winners for the 70th Annual Tony Awards are announced Sunday night. Every year, NPR's Jeff Lunden talks to some of the hardworking people in the theater biz who aren't eligible for Tony nominations.

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After Factory Layoffs, The 'Skeleton Crew' Is Left Behind

Friday, May 20, 2016

Born and raised in Detroit, Dominique Morisseau has written three plays about her hometown. Her latest explores the lives of auto workers struggling to keep their jobs during the 2008 economic crisis.

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Shakespeare Saw '360 Degrees Of Humanity,' And That's Why He Endures

Saturday, April 23, 2016

From actor David Tennant to artistic director Gregory Doran, Royal Shakespeare Company thespians reflect on the Bard's legacy. Shakespeare is said to have died 400 years ago on April 23.

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