Yeston Pens Three New Songs for "Nine" Film

News   Yeston Pens Three New Songs for "Nine" Film Variety has revealed details about the three new songs — "Guarda la Luna," "Cinema Italiano" and "Take It All" — that Tony winner Maury Yeston penned for the film version of "Nine."
Nine leads: Mary Stuart Masterson, Laura Benanti, Chita Rivera, Antonio Banderas and Jane Krakowski.
Nine leads: Mary Stuart Masterson, Laura Benanti, Chita Rivera, Antonio Banderas and Jane Krakowski. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The much-anticipated Rob Marshall-directed film of Yeston and Arthur Kopit's Tony Award-winning musical, "Nine" is scheduled to arrive in theatres Nov. 25. The film stars two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as film director Guido Contini.

Sophia Loren, who plays Guido Contini's mother, performs the lullaby "Guarda la Luna," which is based on the melody of the title song Yeston wrote for the Broadway musical.

"Cinema Italiano" is sung by Kate Hudson, who plays an American writer who travels to Rome to interview director Contini. The song-and-dance number helps illustrate the importance of Italian cinema during the era in which the film is set.

"Take It All," which was originally written as a trio to be performed by Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard, is now performed only by Cotillard, who plays Guido's wife. Yeston told Variety the actress' performance of the new tune is "heart-wrenching."

Based on the semi-autobiographical Fellini film "8 ½," Nine premiered on Broadway in 1982, starring Raul Julia, Anita Morris and Karen Akers. The Tommy Tune-directed production won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 2003 Broadway saw a revival boasting an all-star cast including Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera, Jane Krakowski and Mary Stuart Masterson. Directed by David Leveaux and reset in the early 1960s, the revival would win two Tonys, including Best Revival. Nine centers on Guido Contini, a heralded film director (much like Federico Fellini) who, fearing he is losing his touch, escapes to a Venetian spa for rejuvenation. Blurring the lines of fantasy and reality, the women in Contini's life swirl about him, from his mother, to his wife, to his mistress, all of whom ultimately serve as dangerous distraction and inspiration.

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