Maury Yeston

Maury Yeston

Composer, Lyricist


Maury Yeston (born October 23, 1945) is an American composer, lyricist, educator and musicologist.

He is known for writing the music and lyrics to Broadway musicals, including Nine in 1982, and Titanic in 1997, both of which won Tony Awards for best musical and best score. He also won a Drama Desk Award for Nine. Yeston also wrote a significant amount of the music and most of the lyrics to the Tony-nominated musical Grand Hotel in 1989, which was nominated for best score. His musical version of the novel The Phantom of the Opera entitled Phantom (not to be confused with Andrew Lloyd Webber's version) has enjoyed numerous productions in the U.S. and around the world. He has also written a number of other Off-Broadway musicals, including Death Takes a Holiday; a song cycle entitled December Songs; An American Cantata" (a three-movement choral symphony); a full length story-ballet: Tom Swayer: A Ballet in Three Acts; a Cello Concerto; and other pieces.

Yeston serves on the Board of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a Lifetime member of the Dramatists Guild Council, an Honorary Ambassador of the Society of Composers & Lyricists, President of the Kleban Foundation, serves on the editorial boards of Musical Quarterly and the Kurt Weill Foundation Publication Project and on the advisory board of the Yale University Press Broadway Series. He was the Director of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop in New York City for two decades beginning in 1982 ...

Shows by Maury Yeston


In 1928 Berlin, the world is between wars and the stock market is booming. The center of the action is the illustrious Grand Hotel. The show concerns the eccentric guests of the hotel including a beautiful Prima Ballerina; th... read more

In the Beginning tells the story of what went on behind the scenes of the first five books of the Old Testament. The show is a tribute to the ordinary, everyday people who didn’t make it into the bible. These common people ma... read more

Nine centers around Guido Contini, a famous Italian film director and ladies man. His last couple of movies have been panned by the critics, and Guido is under pressure to make a return to form with his latest film. However,... read more

The musical is a bloody melodrama about the frightening caped and masked ˜phantom' living in the depths of the Paris Opera. The Phantom lives for beautiful music and is mesmerized by a young and beautiful soprano, Christine... read more

April 10, 1912: the RMS Titanic sets out from London on her maiden voyage, across the Atlantic. Billed as “The Largest Floating Object in The World,” the Titanic is already big news. April 15, 1912: Titanic, the “unsinkable”... read more


Show Categories
Drama, Romance, Horror, Historical/Biographical