October 4, 2009 at The National Arts Club

Encompass Honored

Composer Maury Yeston


Tony Award-winning Composer for
Best Musical and Best Score for NINE and TITANIC!

Tony Award Nominated for GRAND HOTEL.

from BMI's website: 
October 21, 2009

Encompass Honors Maury Yeston

The Encompass New Opera Theatre honored esteemed BMI composer Maury Yeston at its 2009 Jazz Gala, held Sunday, October 4 in New York. Yeston is the musical force behind the Tony Award-winning Nine and Titanic, both of which garnered Best Musical and Best Score honors, as well as the Tony-nominatedGrand Hotel. The director of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop for two decades, Yeston is also a bold and generous mentor.

Presenting Yeston a lifetime achievement award, Encompass celebrated his career contributions with performances of his work by special guests including Tommy Tune, Karen Akers and Yeston himself.

Pictured at the 2009 Encompass New Opera Theatre Jazz Gala are Pat Cook, Artistic Director of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop; Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director of the Encompass New Opera Theatre; Maury Yeston; BMI’s Jean Banks; Frank Evans, Workshop Special Events Coordinator; and Morton Banks.

Encompass New Opera Theatre Presented

The Lifetime Achievement Award
to Bookwriter Joseph Stein


Musical Books written by Joseph Stein include:

Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Author of a Musical

Plain and Fancy (1955), Mr. Wonderful (1956), The Body Beautiful (1958), Take Me Along (1959), Juno (1959), Zorbá (1968), The Baker's Wife (1976), King of Hearts (1978), Carmelina (1979), and Rags (1986).

He also successfully dramatized Carl Reiner's comic novel Enter Laughing (1963), which he later adapted into the musical So Long, 174th Street (1976).