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Black Tie International:
On The Town With Aubrey Reuben April 21, 2018

 

 

Aubrey Reuben

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

April 21, 2018

A revival of My Fair Lady, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe, based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, is a spectacular production. The sets by Michael Yeagan are marvelous to look at, and the music, under the direction of Ted Sperling, is a joy to hear. The lyrics are clever. The cast acts wonderfully, under the direction of Bartlett Sher. The singing is another matter. Many cast members have weak voices, although Lauren Ambrose is fine as Eliza Doolittle, and her acting  is superb. All work energetically to bring the brilliant musical to life. The choreography by Christopher Gattelli is, some times, bizarre, especially in the second act Get Me to the Church on Time. It seems to be a scene from a burlesque show, with transvestites. I am sure Shaw would be turning in his grave. The original production in 1956, with the incomparable Rex Harrison, the magnificent Julie Andrews and the legendary music hall British actor, Stanley Holloway, which I saw, was unforgettable. 

 

A  revival of The Seafarer, by Conor McPherson, at the Irish Repertory Theatre, is one of the best productions of the theatre season. The cast of five brilliant  actors is directed expertly by Ciaran O'Reilly. A mysterious stranger (Matthew Broderick) (photo below) visits a dilapidated home where two brothers (Andy Murray and Colin McPhillamy) live outside Dublin on Christmas Eve. Two other guests (Michael Mellamphy and Tim Ruddy) drink and play cards with them. It is a marvelous production, and the acting is simply magnificent. I enjoyed every minute of it. I also enjoyed the opening night party which took place at a wonderful pub Crompton Ale House, 159 West 26th St. where we congratulated the superb cast and the director and playwright. Among the guests enjoying the fine hors d'oeuvres and drinks were Sarah Jessica Parker, J. Smith Cameron and Kenneth Lonergan.


The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players presented Ruddigore or The Witch's Curse, libretto by William S. Gilbert, music by Arthur Sullivan, at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Artistic Director Albert Bergeret directed the cast and conducted the orchestra.

 

 



The story is silly, about a noble family under a curse, but the enthusiastic cast perform delightfully to the wonderful lyrics and sparkling music. The opportunity to see and hear the lovely operettas is thanks to Albert Bergeret. I enjoy everyone of his productions. 

 

I returned to Tuscany Steakhouse, 117 West 58th St, for a tasting evening. Again delicious food and wine. You will enjoy your visit.
 

I photographed the four female members of the cast of Unexpected Joy, music by Janet Hood, book & lyrics by Bill Russell, and they performed two selections from the show. I look forward to opening night on Thursday, May 3 at the York Theatre.

 

I attended the announcement of the 2018 Drama League Award Nominees by Harriet Harris and Julie White (photo below) at Sardi's restaurant, 234 West 44th St, The awards will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, 1535 Broadway, on Friday May 18

 

One of the most delightful events is the Irene Sharaff Awards at the Edison Ballroom. It is the 24th Annual Presentation, and I have had the pleasure of attending everyone of them. Travis Halsey, Fritz Masten, Holly Hynes and Zack Brown received awards, and there was a special memorial tribute for Karinska created by Suzy Benzinger. The film of Balanchine's favorite costume designer was magnificent, and brought back many memories of the lovely memories I have of the New York City Ballet beginning in 1951, when as a student at New York University, I attended a dress rehearsal of Symphony in C. For the past 40 years I have reviewed the company, and it is one of the greatest joys in my professional life.

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, by Jack Thorne, is based on an original new story by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, at the Lyric Theatre, opens on April 22. My review will appear in next week's column.
 

A revival of Travesties, by Tom Stoppard, at the American Airlines Theater, opens on April 24. My review will appear in next week's column.

 

Summer, The Donna Summer Musical, book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuff, songs by various composers, at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, opens on April 23. My review will appear in my next column.

 
       

Photo by: Aubrey Reuben

Photo by: Aubrey Reuben


 
 

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