“Yeston’s score is a gorgeous piece of music saturated with Americana.

Certain passages bring to mind Aaron Copland and other American composers we associate with folk-based symphonic music.  He knows a thing or two about writing music to fit a dramatic narrative. He won Tony Awards for his Broadway shows, “Nine” and “Titanic.” For “Tom Sawyer,” he leads us along with swelling highs and nuanced lows, mixing drama with lyricism in a score that flows... read more

Ballet meets Broadway for ‘Tom Sawyer’ premiere

NY composer’s music drives the steps of the KC company in a full-length, all-Amercian program. By ROBERT TRUSSELL The Kansas City Star Maury Yeston, an award-winning Broadway composer, already knows one thing to expect when he takes his seat Friday night for the world premiere of “Tom Sawyer: A Ballet in 3 Acts.” He’ll experience a rare level of satisfaction because he knows the... read more

Kauffman Theatre opened in stunning fashion. By Robert Trussell - The Kansas City Star

Laura Wolfe and Alexander Peters unveiled a charming preview of "Tom Sawyer," the Maury Yeston-William Whitener ballet that receives its world premier in October. Yeston's score, lush and infused with Americana, was seductive.


Two-time Tony Award-winner Maury Yeston (Nine: The Musical, Titanic) unveils his next great score with DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY, which The New York Times hailed as 'one lush, soaring number after another ... a gorgeously sung, melody-rich score.' Other critics concurred: Bloomberg News called it 'one of the most beautifully written and sung scores [theatregoers have] heard in a long time'; Variety said the... read more

Rehearsals Begin For “Tom Sawyer – A Ballet In Three Acts”

William Whitener has been making wonderful progress in two of the three acts of Maury’s new ballet, scheduled to open the the new Kauffman Center for the Perfoming Arts in Kansas City MO on October 14 of this year. Present at rehearsals were Maury, Brad Dechter (who will be orchestrating for performance by the Kansas Symphony), and Holly Hynes – internationally renowned costume designer, who had just returned... read more

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