Jeff Lunden

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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.


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.


Jaap Van Zweden Named Next Music Director Of The New York Philharmonic

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The New York Philharmonic has appointed the 55-year-old Dutch conductor and violinist as its next music director. Does this mark a new artistic direction for the vaunted orchestra?


Young Theater Fans Find Their Tribe At The First Ever BroadwayCon

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

For one 14-year-old fan, BroadwayCon was a chance to meet people who understand her theater obsession. "We can share what we love," she says.


'Glory Of The World' Is More Wacky Birthday Party Than Traditional Play

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Glory of the World is a new play that celebrates author and Catholic monk Thomas Merton — but it isn't really about Merton. "Everybody is far more complicated than that one simple line about being a great mystic, a great Buddhist, a great activist, whatever," says playwright Charles Mee. ...


Why Do Theater? Every Year, International Festival Looks For Answers

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Every January, as temperatures plummet, New York's Public Theater opens its doors to Under the Radar, a festival that features cutting-edge theater from around the world. Occasionally, these shows have moved onto the radar — like Gatz, an eight-hour adaptation of The Great Gatsby, which eventually had several runs ...


Song From Broadway Musical 'Hamilton' Celebrates Founding Mothers

Friday, December 25, 2015

As part of NPR's year-end series "One That Got Away", reporter Jeff Lunden tells us about his favorite song from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. It's not about the founding fathers...


Conductor Kurt Masur Dies At 88

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Kurt Masur, the German conductor whose career spanned leading an orchestra in East Germany to more than a decade of reshaping the New York Philharmonic, has died at 88.


Andrew Lloyd Webber Says Music Empowers In 'School Of Rock'

Monday, December 07, 2015

The composer teamed up with Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, to create the new rock musical adaptation of the 2003 movie.


'Invisible Thread' Is More Than A Musical About Uganda

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Based on co-writer Griffin Matthews' experiences in the country, Invisible Thread explores the connection between an American gay couple and a group of Ugandan orphans.


Nonprofit Roundabout Is A Regional Theater Right On Broadway

Saturday, November 28, 2015

When most people hear the words "regional theater," they think of stages all across the country, in places like Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. But one of the most successful nonprofit regional theaters is in New York on Broadway. The Roundabout Theatre has five stages and 30,000 subscribers and ...


A New Kind Of Tragic Prince In 'King Charles III'

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Mike Bartlett's play King Charles III is a Shakespearean meditation on what might happen if Prince Charles became king — and caused a crisis by sticking to his principles rather than what's popular.


Annaleigh Ashford Barks Up The Right Tree On Broadway

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Annaleigh Ashford is down to earth. Very down to earth. Sitting in her Broadway dressing room, she talks about all of the people who've inhabited that same space – Denzel Washington, Ian McKellen and, most recently, Larry David, who left a sticker with his name by the toilet.

"Occasionally I ...


Farewell To Blackfaced Otellos At The Met

Monday, September 21, 2015

In its season opening production, New York's Metropolitan Opera abandons the tradition of darkening the skin of tenors portraying the title role in Verdi's Otello.


New Play On Incarceration Has The Fingerprints Of Real-Life Prisoners

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Whorl Inside A Loop, a new play opening in New York, looks at six inmates in a medium security prison and the actress who agrees to teach them how to tell their stories — as she steal...