5 PM: A Visit From the Composer

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Composer Maury Yeston sees Playbill On-Line tapping away in the corner of Row V in the orchestra and pulls over. "My day?" he says. "I got up at 7 AM and had breakfast with my sons. I slept last night for the first time in a long time. We read the paper and then I began getting faxes from my friends in London. One was from Donmar Warehouse [which recently revived Yeston's Nine]. My wife got flowers from the producers, for being the wife of a composer. I spent an hour with my family, because they haven't had much of me lately. Then I had to run out and get my tuxedo and took a walk in the [Central] Park." Yeston said he even found time to sit down at the piano for a half hour and work on a new project, that declined to discuss further. "I actually found something in that half hour. I found an accompaniment I wanted." After that, it was a quick lunch and over to the theatre.He took a moment to hug one of the actresses, then resumed talking. "Yesterday," he said, "I cleaned my living room of any scrap of paper that had the word 'Titanic' on it. I made it a Titanic-free environment."With only some two hours left until the first curtain, Yeston started to take his leave, then turned. "Is it true they're talking about Titanic all over the internet, in the chat rooms -- I mean, more than Steel Pier and The Life?" Assured that all the shows were being actively discussed online, Yeston shook his head. "Broadway used to be so local. And it's not going to be, anymore.

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