Jeff Lunden

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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.


'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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


'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."


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Can Pop Musicals Bring New Audiences To Broadway?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

It's not just Hamilton: Some of the season's biggest shows feature original pop scores, including two written by real-life pop stars Sara Bareilles and Duncan Sheik.


Opera And Jazz Mingle In 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird'

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The show explores the life of the jazz saxophonist, with Lawrence Brownlee in the title role. It opens this weekend at the Apollo Theater in New York — a stage where Parker played.


'Zimerican' Playwright Danai Gurira Brings African Stories To American Stages

Saturday, March 12, 2016

You may know Gurira as Michonne, the samurai sword-wielding zombie slayer on The Walking Dead. But she's also an award-winning playwright and this week, two of her works are opening in New York.


Family Drama Meets Existential Horror In 'The Humans'

Thursday, February 18, 2016

On its surface, the play sounds pretty ordinary: A young woman and her boyfriend have her family over for Thanksgiving dinner. Then things start to get weird.


A New 'Cabin In The Sky' Offers Universal Stories — And A Problematic Past

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Best remembered as a 1943 film starring Ethel Waters, the musical is being resurrected as a concert series, which aims to both honor the story and reckon with its racist roots.