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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Maury Yeston's NINE

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Marion Cotillard & Maury Yeston at the 2010 Golden Globes.
          In 1973, Maury Yeston, while teaching at Yale, began to write a musical inspired by Federico Fellini's 1963 film 8 1/2As a teenager, Yeston had seen the film, about a film director suffering a midlife crisis and a creativity drought, and he was intrigued by its themes. "I looked at the screen and said 'That's me.' I still believed in all the dreams and ideals of what is was to be an artist, and here was a movie about... an artist in trouble. It became an obsession". Yeston called the musical  Nine (the age of the director in his flashback), explaining that if you add music to 8½, "it's like half a number more."  Playwright, Arthur Kopit wrote the book for the musical. Nine. Opened in 1982 with Raul Julia as Guido, it was a smash hit, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score.
           Rob  Marshall began to think about his  film version of Nine about three years ago. From the beginning, the plan was not to make a movie version of Mr. Yeston's musical, a decision with which the composer agreed. "8½," said Mr. Yeston, is "the quintessential film about the making of a film. "Rob did something that's neither Nine nor '8½.' It's an homage to both."
Mr. Yeston wrote three new songs for the filmKate Hudson, as a Vogue correspondent who believes style is substance, sings a rousing "Cinema Italiano," which artfully explains the appeal of Italy in the mid-'60s, when the new film is set. "Guarda La Luna," sung by Sophia Loren, who plays Guido's mother, summarizes his problem: Do you think that so many will love you as I do? And the powerful "Take It All," sung by Marion Cotillard as Guido's wife, damns him for his infidelity and egocentricity. You grabbed for everything, my friend / But don't you see that in the end / There will be nothing left of me."
        According to Show Music magazine, 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 'An Unusual Way' from Nine, 'Love Can't Happen' from Grand Hotel,  or 'Home' from Phantom, or any number of other Yeston songs, you'll be hooked."
Monday, January 11, 2010

A Valentine Treat!

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FOR LOVERS ONLY, Love Songs...Nothing But Love Songs,  will delight your Valentine!  On Stage February 11th - 14th. 

Monday, January 4, 2010

NINE is COMING!!!!

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Opens February 18!!

NINE  is based on Italian director Federico Fellini's classic film 8 1/2. Set in the early 1960s, the wonderful musical follows a celebrated Film director, Guido Contini, who is suffering from a mid-life crisis and an artistic mental block.  He runs off to Venice, pursued by a bevy of women all clamoring for his love and attention. The show has Intriguing flashbacks, sexy song-and-dance numbers, and romance. The score by Maury Yeston, of PHANTOM fame, is filled with haunting melodies and musically and vocally challenging ensemble singing. The original 1982 musical won five Tony Awards, including best musical and best original score. A 2003 revival of the musical won two Tony Awards. Nine is also being turned into a major motion picture starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Dame Judy Dench, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, and Sophia Loren.