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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben - April 23, 2016

 

Aubrey Reuben

On the Town With Aubrey Reuben
Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!
April 23, 2016

 

The 66th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced on Tuesday April 19 at the Algonquin Hotel by Jennifer Simard and Brian d'Arcy James. I am one of the nine nominators, and I am pleased with slate. After a delicious breakfast, American Psycho the Musical and She Loves Me headed the list with 8 nominations each. Bright Star and On Your Feet! with 7 nominations each followed. And a wonderful Off-Broadway musical Cagney is terrific. Needless to say, I enjoyed all five of these splendid musicals. Take my advice, and see them. You will not be disappointed. Among the plays, be sure to see Eclipsed and The Humans for the finest acting on Broadway.


 

Cast members of Aladdin, Adam Jabobs, Courtney Reed and James Monroe Iglehart announced the 2016 Drama League Nominees at Sardi's, 234 West 44th St. A Distinguished Achievement Award in Musical Theatre will go to Sheldon Harnick, as well as two other special awards to Deaf West Theatre and Ivo van Hove. The 82nd Annual Drama League Awards will be revealed at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, 1535 Broadway. on Friday, May 20. I will be there.
 


 

The novel by Bret Easton Ellis caused a scandal many years ago, and the film was not a success, but the musical American Psycho, book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, is an imaginative, inventive production, which I enjoyed immensely. A tale about a serial killer is not my cup of tea, but Benjamin Walker is simply superb as a 26-year-old hot shot on Wall Street, with the most fancy clothes by the finest designers and having the most up-to-date equipment in his luxurious penthouse. He eats in the most expensive restaurants, goes to fashionable parties, drink expensive liquor, takes illicit drugs, and engages in sex with gorgeous women. So, of course, he is dissatisfied and unhappy. He also is a mental case, enjoying sadistic movies and, actually, brutally killing people. Women and men will fantasize about Walker who appears, frequently, in his Ralph Lauren shorts, with a perfectly toned body and handsome face. All the cast consists of attractive people, in sexy and exquisite costumes designed by Katrina Lindsay, with sensual choreography by Lynne Page, expertly directed by Rupert Goold. The scenic design by Es Devlin is remarkable, one of the highlights of the show. Outstanding among the cast are Alice Ripley in multiple roles, Helene Yorke as Walker's sometime girlfriend, Morgan Reed as her voluptuous friend, Jennifer Damiano as Walker's secretary and Drew Moerlein as Walker's rival. The music by Duncan Sheik is, perhaps, the best on Broadway this season, with additional popular songs from 1989 when the musical takes place in NYC. The opening night party took place at Stage 48, 605 West 48th St, with guests Bartlett Sher, Eric Bogosian, Jo Bonney and Andre Bishop.


 

We were invited back to see Fiddler on the Roof, book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, at the Broadway Theatre. It is a wonderful production, starring a terrific Danny Burstein as Teyve, in a Tony deserving performance. I enjoyed every minute of this spectacular revival.
 





Fully Committed
, by Becky Mode, at the Lyceum Theatre, directed by Jason Moore, and starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, opens on Monday, April 25. My review will appear in next week's column.


 

Waitress, book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, based on a film by Adrienne Shelly with the same title, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, opens on Sunday April 24. My review will appear in next week's column.


 

Tuck Everlasting, book by Claudia Shear & Tim Federle, music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, based on the novel with the same title by Natalie Babbitt, at the Broadhurst Theatre, opens on Tuesday, April 26. My review will appear in next week's column.


 

A revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night, by Eugene O'Neill, at the American Airlines Theatre, opens on Wednesday, April 27. My review will appear in next week's column.


 

I was invited to attend a performance of the Martha Graham Dance Company at the New York City Center. I have not seen the company perform for many years. I was impressed. Four ballets were offered. The highlight was the first one, Cave of the Heart, choreography and costumes by Martha Graham, music by Samuel Barber, with a brilliant PeiJu Chien-Pott as The Sorceress, Medea in a four member cast in a retelling of the legend. Another fascinating ballet was Inner Resources, a world premiere byMarie Chouinard, music by Louis Dufort, featuring eight splendid female dancers. The final two ballets were Rust, choreography by Nacho Duato, and Chronicle, choreography by Graham. The magnificent Mannes Orchestra, conducted by David Hayes, accompanied the dancers.  It was memorable night of modern dance.

The New York Center For Children 21st Annual Spring Celebration took place at the Clement Restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel, 700 Fifth Avenue. Timatha Kasten performed a musical tribute, accompanied by a jazz trio, honoring the memory of the Broadway producer Marty Richards, a close friend of mine. Delicious hors d'oeuvres were served, with fine wines and exquisite cocktails. A live and a silent auction was held, completing a delightful event.


 

I went to a photo op for the next MCC production A Funny Thing Happened on the way...(the complete title is much too long), by Halley Feiffer, directed by Trip Cullman, with a four member cast headed by Beth Behrs. It will open on June 7, and I will be there.


 

25A Magazine featured Jean Shafiroff on its March cover. We celebrated the occasion with a reception with delicious hors d'oeuvres and fine wines at Sant Andrea Cafe, 40 Central Park South. Jean, as always, looked lovely in an elegant dress as she greeted the guests.


 

The Columbus Branch Library, 742 Tenth Avenue, presented four Thin Man films from 1934 to 1941 starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. I saw Another Thin Man, by W.S. Van Dyke, USA, 1939. It is a painless, occasionally funny film, in which the private detective solves another murder in a convoluted story, The plot is so silly, that it is not worth describing.

 
 

04-22-16 Cast member Morgan Weed at the the opening night party for "American Psycho The Musical" at Stage 48. 605 West 48th St. Thursday night. 04-21-16 o.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

04-21-16 Cast members of "Aladdin" (L-R) Adam Jabobs. Courtney Reed.  James Monroe Iglehart announce the 2016 Drama League Nominees at Sardi's. 234 West 44th St. Wednesday morning 04-20-16.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

04-22-16 Cast member Morgan Weed at the the opening night party for "American Psycho The Musical" at Stage 48. 605 West 48th St.
Thursday night. 04-21-16

04-21-16 Cast members of "Aladdin" (L-R) Adam Jabobs. Courtney Reed. James Monroe Iglehart announce the 2016 Drama League Nominees at Sardi's. 234 West 44th St. Wednesday morning
04-20-16

 

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