Who is Maury Yeston and what has he contributed to music?

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Maury Yeston is a famous Broadway and off-Broadway composer and lyricist; he is also a musicologist, and educator. Among his accomplishments are the Tony Award-winning music and lyrics to the Broadway musicals, Nine (1982) and Titanic (1997), which also was nominated for a Grammy;in addition, Yeston wrote the majority of the music and most of the lyrics to the musical based on the 1930s' movie Grand Hotel (1988). His own musical version of The Phantom of the Opera has been produced numerous times, and his off-Broadway, such as Death Takes a Holiday and Cloud Nine have had numerous productions. He has also written a choral symphony, a concerto, and a ballet, Tom Sawyer: A Ballet in Three Acts.

Describing his music in Show Music magazine, Paul Viteras writes that Yeston has written some of the most

... formally structured music in recent musical theatre. But he also has the gift for creating ravishing melody – once you've heard 'Love Can't Happen' from Grand Hotel, or 'An Unusual Way' from Nine, or 'Home' from Phantom, or any number of other Yeston songs, you'll be hooked.

Yeston is currently working on Peony Pavilion, being directed in China.

Maury Weston's many awards besides the Tony Awards mentioned above include the following:

  • 2005 - Laurence Olivier Award for Grand Hotel
  • 2010- Nominee for Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song from Nine.
  • 2010 - Nominee for Academy Award: Best Original Song ("Take it All" from Nine) 
  • 2010- Nominee for the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music in Death Takes A Holiday.