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Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Songs of Maury Yeston

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Refreshing, Clever

About the show

Gerard Alessandrini, the creator of "Forbidden Broadway," comes to The York with his newest creation: a collection of the songs of Tony-winning composer and lyricist Maury Yeston. More…

From the show:

Gerard Alessandrini, the famed creator of Forbidden Broadway (the longest-running revue in Off-Broadway history) and the smash spoof Spamilton, comes to The York with his newest creation: Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Songs of Maury Yeston, a collection of the songs of Tony-winning composer and lyricist Maury Yeston. The genius of Yeston's songs -- intricate yet emotional, cerebral yet romantic, clever yet unendingly melodic -- is coupled with an outstanding cast (to be announced soon!) for an unforgettable evening showcasing the myriad sides of the writer's repertoire. Showstoppers from Nine, Grand Hotel, Titanic, Phantom, and Death Takes a Holiday intertwine with lesser-known entries from the Yeston songbook to show off his immense breadth of style--from the hilarious to the deeply moving.



Member Reviews (108)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Refreshing, Clever
81
Avg Score

78
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if The songs of Yeston done very well. Great singing and pleasant show.

Don't see it if If you do not like revue type shows.

83
Absorbing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Delightful revue of Yeston songs. Excellent vocalists. Fun staging.

Don't see it if You want storytelling. This was a nice collection of songs from old musicals.

80
Refreshing, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if ur a fan of (or want to discover) Yeston's music & want a charming, enjoyable retrospective interpreted by 5 talented singers & a pianist.

Don't see it if you hate the musical Nine; you're not in the mood for a revue/cabaret; you're looking for a plot, through-line or a message.

Also The entire cast is wonderful, but Alex Getlin was a revelation. What a... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a hard-working pianist in a musical review with 5 good voices, cute choreography, comical moments & effective costumes.

Don't see it if you want a play or a one-themed musical as songs are varied. Sound was off at times, mostly at beginning when mics were off or too low.

74
Confusing, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like revues. You like pleasant singers performing pleasant songs. You want a retrospective + some unheard songs of Maury Yeston.

Don't see it if You want a storyline. You want a revue w/equally good songs: some gr8, some meh: annoying since better shows got fewer songs than earlier...

Also less developed ones. Grand Hotel only had 1 complete song. Death Takes... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny

See it if You want to hear good music (piano only) with good singing. Not a long show, but a good show.

Don't see it if you want musical with story line.

85
Intelligent, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if An absolutely wonderful evening of songs by Maury Yeston delivered by a very talented cast of 5. For all Bway musical afficionados.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big musical, this is not for you. No plot, just great songs.

66
Good looking cast, Good choreography

See it if you want a 70-minute opportunity to see the array of Yeston's music.

Don't see it if you already know his work and don't care for it. Nothing new or exciting here. We found almost every song derivative of some other song.

Also I was not impressed with the lyrics I did hear clearly "contented ball... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy an evening of pure entertainment revisiting songs from shows of the past. It was lovely.

Don't see it if You want a plot-driven musical.

83
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if like well written entertaining songs, not a lot of depth in most of them. good to hear an oft overlooked composer. performed well.

Don't see it if don't like reviews, then skip this. just a nice bunch of songs.

84
Some great choreography, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to spend 75 minutes in the company of 5 talented performers (and one great pianist) presenting Yeston tunes.

Don't see it if you need a narrative/plot to tie the numbers together.. This is a true revue and it all worked for me.

Also This piqued my curiosity -- I want to see the full IN THE BEGINNING.

92
Delightful, Great music, Great singing, Enchanting, A musical banquet!

See it if you're a fan of Yeston's music, or even if you don't know his work. A fun, classy revue - elegantly staged w/great voices doing great songs.

Don't see it if you want a story told or plot-driven piece. MUSICAL BANQUET, allowing you to sample clever, warm, funny, terrific songs - classily sung.

80
Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if An evening of great singing and talented performers.

Don't see it if You don't like music from Maury Yeston which feels like music from the 50s.

92
Masterful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You like good singing and beautifully written songs. I wasn't very familiar with Yeston; now I am a fan. This revue was delightful. See it!

Don't see it if You don't like plotless musical revues. That is the only reason I can think of. It is a lovely show.

99
Must see, Great singing, Glorious, splendid entertainment,

See it if you appreciate talented singers; you like Maury Yeston songs

Don't see it if you don't like revues with no story no matter how good the songs or how talented the singers; you don't enjoy musicals

79
Fluffy, Bland, Enjoyable, Great music, Great singing

See it if you enjoy revues but forewarned it leaves out a lot of Yeston's best songs. Great voices but they never really connect with the material.

Don't see it if want an exciting revue. It's very pedestrian/uninspired. Much is left out and staging/interpretation is ordinary. Not bad just not great

70
Poorly directed, Slow, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you want to hear a lot of great singing in a musical review of Maury Yeston's songs.

Don't see it if you want to see a well directed musical review that celebrates the genius works of Maury Yeston. Great singing, poor directing and acting.

89
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if you are a fan or Yeston or have never heard his work. Any lover of musical theater will enjoy this revue. Staged far more than I expected

Don't see it if you want a full scale musical, this is a revue with no dialog It DOES have choreography and costume changes.

85
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if If you like clever lyrics beautifully performed and you want to see talented young performers who will be very well known in the future.

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical with a plot. This is a review containing delightful songs that you may not know.

87
Fun, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like revues and can enjoy a bunch of great songs with no plot tying them together.

Don't see it if You want a fully-staged, plot-filled musical.

Also I have only seen 2 of Maury Yeston’s shows (Nine and Titanic) and wasn... Read more Read less

86
Great singing, Entertaining, Plain set, Broadway-standard cast, World-class composition

See it if Maury Yeston is a genius, so is the cast of 5+1 pianist; A revue with smart choreography and number sequence; 75 min of joy;

Don't see it if You want a plot; Revue is more fitting for cabaret setting, since disconnected songs could be challenging for both actors & audience;

Also Justin Keyes is so funny and charismatic, and Jovan E’Sean, a newly gr... Read more Read less

95
What a treat!

See it if you love great singing, wonderful piano playing, and lyrics that tell a story. Maury Yeston deserves the accolades he has won.

Don't see it if you aren't a Broadway baby.

Also Maury Yeston was there for the talk back and is a great story teller a... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Must see, Delightful

See it if If you want to be thoroughly entertained with some of the best voices that i have heard all year.The music simply engrosses you.Sometimes

Don't see it if IF YOU WANT TO SEE A LAVISH PRODUCTION WITH A BIG NAME STAR OR DIRECTOR.OR IF YOU DON'T WANT TO LAUGH OR SMILE..THIS SHOW IS NOT FOR YOU.

Also funny and other times somewhat sad but always entertaining.The people ... Read more Read less

80
Great singing

See it if You like Yeston’s music

Don't see it if You want to see a musical, it’s basically a concert

98
Delightful, Entertaining, Must see, Masterful, Great singing

See it if True masterpiece. Incredibly talented singers. Absolute delight. MUST SEE!!!

Don't see it if You dislike musical revues.


December 6th, 2019
"The cast is all overmiked, by sound designer Julian Evans, but the excess of decibels is less annoying than usual, because the lyrics are so clear and everyone sounds so good. It's mostly solos and duets, but the ensemble harmonies are truly gorgeous."
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December 6th, 2019
3/5 Stars. "Songwriter Maury Yeston's catalog romped through by director Gerard Alessandrini and deft cast."
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December 6th, 2019
3/5 Stars. "Gerard Alessandrini's valentine to composer-lyricist Maury Yeston mixes his best-known songs with a handful of obscurities"
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December 10th, 2019
"This one-act show, featuring five abundantly gifted singer-dancers, underscores the wide-ranging nature of the composer's music. Yeston has successfully adopted diverse musical sounds...Mostly though, he's known for lush, sweeping, timeless melodies."
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