Jeff Lunden

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A Hip-Hop Soundtrack For A Musical About Alexander Hamilton? Sure, Why Not?

Thursday, August 06, 2015

The new musical about the U.S.'s Founding Fathers — set to a mostly hip-hop score — that everyone's been talking about for months and months finally opens officially on Broadway Thursday night.


'Who Does That?!' Broadway Stars React To Badly Behaved Audiences

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The set for the first scene of the Broadway comedy Hand to God is a fairly realistic depiction of a church basement and, since there's no curtain at the theater, it's in full view of audience members when they enter. A week ago, a 19-year-old college student jumped onstage to ...


The Mornin' Ain't So Beautiful For This Dark 'Oklahoma!' Production

Monday, July 06, 2015

In upstate New York, an experimental staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic sets a key scene in total darkness and adds coldblooded murder to the plot.


Unearthed In A Library, 'Voodoo' Opera Rises Again

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Harlem Renaissance opera Voodoo has not been performed since 1928. A Columbia University researcher rediscovered the score, and now the Harlem Opera Theater hosts two performances.


'Fun Home,' 'Curious Incident' Take Home Top Tony Honors

Monday, June 08, 2015

The Fun Home won best musical, best book and best original score — to name just a few of the honors. The award for best play went to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.


First-Time Tony Award Nominees Enjoy New Fame, But Keep Day Jobs

Sunday, June 07, 2015

It's a quiet afternoon at the Tex-Mex restaurant in Brooklyn where playwright Robert Askins works the day shift twice a week. Even though his play, Hand to God, is on Broadway and he's got a Tony nomination, Askins says he enjoys interacting with the regulars, most of whom know about ...


Athol Fugard Breaks Fences Around 'The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek'

Monday, May 11, 2015

The 82-year-old playwright says he thought he was done writing about South Africa after apartheid ended — but there were more stories in him, like this tale of a farmer who paints his life on rocks.


Getting To Know The Real Story Was Key To Broadway's 'King And I' Revival

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Director Bartlett Sher has been familiar with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's The King and I since he performed it in high school, but he didn't learn the actual history behind the musical until he started working on a critically lauded revival that recently received nine Tony nominations. ...


Bill Nighy And David Hare Team Up Again In 'Skylight' Revival

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

"Our paths haven't crossed — we've beaten a path towards each other," says playwright David Hare. "Bill is my favorite leading man." Nighy is now starring in a revival of Hare's Skylight on Broadway.


Bringing Mothers In Prison Closer To Their Children, Through Music

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Mothers in prison rarely get to see their children, let alone touch them or sing them a lullaby. But female inmates in New York City are getting a little help with the singing, thanks to Carnegie Hall. For the last few years, Carnegie has sponsored the Lullaby Project, which ...


Helen Mirren Extends Her Elizabethan Reign In 'The Audience'

Sunday, March 08, 2015

The last time Dame Helen Mirren and author Peter Morgan collaborated, it was for the movie The Queen, and she took home an Oscar. Now the two are working together again, this time on a play called The Audience. It's about the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and her prime ...


One Playwright's 'Obligation' To Confront Race And Identity In The U.S.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has written a trilogy of provocative and fantastical explorations of race. His latest, based on a 1859 melodrama, pokes fun at conventions while raising difficult questions.


One-Man Show Casts 'Brilliant' Light On Realities Of Suicide, Depression

Friday, January 30, 2015

The off-Broadway play Every Brilliant Thing tackles its dark subject through audience participation and comedy. Both critics and audience members have described it as incredibly moving.


How Broadway Is Losing Its 'Middle Ground'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Producer Darren Bagert says there's a boom-or-bust environment on Broadway — you're either a huge hit or you close quickly. Two of the fall's most highly anticipated musicals are closing this month.


Steinway Bids Farewell To Its Historic Hall

Saturday, December 27, 2014

New York is saying goodbye to another historic building. Steinway Hall, the main showroom for Steinway & Sons pianos, will be moving to a new location, leaving its home of almost 90 years on 57th Street near Carnegie Hall. The first floor has been designated a landmark and will be ...


Don't Let The Kasha Vanish: Diners Band Together To Save Café Edison

Monday, December 08, 2014

Also known as the Polish Tea Room, the Café Edison is a favorite of regular New Yorkers and Broadway stars and crew. Now, Jeff Lunden reports it's being threatened with eviction by its landlord.


Lyricist Adolph Green's Influence Remains 100 Years After His Birth

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Tuesday marks the 100th birthday of Adolph Green, the eccentric author and lyricist of "On the Town," "Peter Pan," and "Bells are Ringing."


Reviving 'Allegro': Even Rodgers And Hammerstein Had Flops

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II may have been one of the most successful writing teams in Broadway history — think of Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music, just to name a couple of their hits.

In 1947, they were at the top of their game. Rodgers told a radio ...


Oratorio Tackles The Issue Of Leaks From 'The Source'

Saturday, October 25, 2014

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'Little Dancer' Musical Imagines The Story Behind Degas' Mysterious Muse

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ballerina Marie Van Goethem started modeling for Edgar Degas around 1878 and inspired his statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. But history lost track of her after she left the Paris Opera.