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Black Tie International:
On The Town With Aubrey Reuben April 14, 2018

 

 

Aubrey Reuben

On the Town With Aubrey Reuben
Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!

April 14, 2018

Mean Girls, book by Tina Fey, music by Jeff Richmond, lyrics by Nell Benjamin, based on the film of the same name, at the August Wilson Theatre, has a cast of pretty young girls and handsome young men, choreographed and directed by Casey Nicholaw. The theater was filled with young teenage girls. They applauded wildly. They were obviously the fans of the movie, which I did not see. It is about a clique of girls in a high school, and a new girl, who wants to join the group.  I attended an all boys high school, founded in 1688, outside Manchester, England, from 1943-1947. Arriving in New York, I attended another all boys school in the Bronx for one semester, and finished my high school education, at a co-ed Bayside H.S. from February 1948-Jan-1949. All three schools were wonderful. The girls at Bayside H.S. were pretty, clever, polite and pleasant. I do not recall one mean girl. It is hard for me to relate to movie and stage characters who portray dumb, obnoxious, vacuous and vicious girls. As a musical, the music was loud, and hardly memorable, and the choreography consisted of active movements by an energetic cast, and again hardly memorable. The lyrics were banal. The book had occasional funny lines. If the musical represents American high school girls, I fear for this country's future.


A revival of 
Children  of a Lesser God, by Mark Medoff, at Studio 54, is a play about a teacher (Joshua Jackson) and a deaf student (Lauren Ridloff). They fall in love and marry. Trying to achieve success in their marriage is difficult, and eventually cause both of them much distress and sadness. The two actors are remarkable, one speaks, the other uses signs language, and they both give outstanding performances. I imagine they will receive Tony nominations. The seven member cast is directed by Kenny Leon. The opening night audience granted them a thunderous ovation at the curtain call. The opening night party at the Edison Ballroom attracted a multitude of celebrities like Cady Huffman, Phylicia Rashad, Rosie O'Donnell, and the playwright and his wife Stephanie who attended the show and the-party, arriving from New Mexico for the occasion. It was a most enjoyable evening.
 

A revival of Carousel, music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the play Liliom, by Ferenc Molnar, has the most glorious music ever written by Rodgers. It was his favorite musical. It has also the most sentimental lyrics by Hammerstein. A song like You'll Never Walk Alone has almost become an anthem. If I Loved You is a magnificent duet and the solo Soliloquy is incomparable. It is a pleasure to listen to all of songs, especially with outstanding singers like Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, Renee Fleming, Lindsay Mendez and Alexander GemignaniJack O'Brien directed the excellent cast and Justin Peck was responsible for the choreography. The highlight of this New York City Ballet's dancer and choreographer was all male Blow High, Blow Low, which received  a thunderous applause. The story is a little grim, because the hero is abusive to his wife, but all is resolved at the end when he returns to earth for one day after committing suicide in a botched robbery. The opening night party at Cipriani 25 Broadway was filled with guests like Ted Chapin, John Lithgow and Ben Vereen..

Admissions, by Joshua Harmon, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, is a play about liberal parents (an excellent Andrew Garman and an always brilliant Jessica Hecht) and their frustrated son. He is denied entrance to Yale, and spends his time on stage being quite nasty, using the usual profanity that we are compelled to hear in the theater today, while screaming at his parents. It focuses on the question of diversity, racism and the quota system. It is a worthwhile subject. The cast is directed by Daniel Aukin.

The Musical of Musicals, music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogart, book by both, was given a one night performance at a special gala for The York Theatre Company. The eight member cast performed five selections of music in the style of five different Broadway composers. The excellent cast was directed by Pamela Hunt. It was highly entertaining.

I attended a Funeral Mass for my dear friend, Daily News Reporter Alice "Pat" O'Haire Gural at St. Malachy's R. C. Church. She passed away at 91 years of age. Pat, Daily News photographer Richard Corkery and I, a photographer for the New York Post, spent almost 40 years attending 2 or 3 events every night photographing celebrities, with Pat writing about them. They were glorious times. Her niece, Angela, also arranged a memorial luncheon after the Mass at Rosie O'Gradys, 800 7th Avenue, where her family, friends and colleagues gathered. Among the guests were Gail ParenteauKate McGrath, Richard Corkery and his wifeAlice, Harry Haun and Charles Nelson.


The National Chorale and the National Chorale Orchestra performed at David Geffen Hall. It was their 50th Anniversary Celebration. The program began with six selections by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Beethoven and Glen Roven. The highlight came after the intermission when Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 was performed, with four splendid singers, conducted by Artistic Director Everett Mccorvey. Before the concert, my wife and I were invited to a lovely reception at the Phillips Club, with board members, who arrived from Kentucky with typical food and chocolate from that state, plus fine wines and Maker's Mark, a superb Bourbon Whisky. I am Kentucky's biggest fan. It was a lovely party.


Point Foundation
 celebrating the accomplishments of LGBTQ students honored Ronan Farrow and Laura Benanti at the Plaza. Among the many guests at the gala was Valerie Smaldone. It was a lovely event.

 

I went to a marvelous luncheon at Tuscany Steakhouse, 117 West 58th St, for Daniel Franzese. The food was delicious and the wine was exquisite. We had a choice from three appetizers, four entrees and a dessert platter. Please visit this wonderful restaurant. You will be well satisfied.

 

I photographed director George C. Wolfe and Denzel Washington and his cast members of The Iceman Cometh at Delmonico's, 56 Beaver St. I  eagerly look forward to opening night on Thursday April 26 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St.

 

I photographed the creative team and cast of Soft Power, by David Henry Hwang, music by Jeanine Tesori. They performed three songs. It opens in California on May 3. I hope it comes to New York.

 

 
       

Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben


 
 

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