Maury Yeston's New Stage Projects

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Maury Yeston, the two-time Tony Award winner and a 2010 Oscar nominee for Best Original Song, is looking ahead — and not just to the March 7 Academy Awards ceremony, where he will sit with Hollywood royalty.

The man who wrote music and lyrics for Broadway's Nine, Grand Hotel and Titanic, and well as additional songs for the film version of Nine ("Take It All" is the Oscar nominee), gave PlayBlog an update about his next musical. He and his collaborators are "very much hoping" they will see their new musical Death Takes a Holiday in New York City in 2010-11. As previously reported, Tony winner Doug Hughes is attached as director and Tony winner Thomas Meehan wrote the libretto, inspired by the play of the same name.

Meanwhile, Nine, the stage musical, not the film, may surface in London, Yeston said. Revivals are already planned for handful of American regional theatres, including Westchester Broadway and Walnut Street Theatre.

Finally, Yeston's music (minus lyrics!) will be heard in a full-length ballet based on Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer," to debut in the Midwest. "It's half the work — no lyrics!" Yeston said with a laugh. The world premiere has not been officially announced.

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