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Black Tie International:
On The Town With Aubrey Reuben May 12, 2018

 

 

Aubrey Reuben

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

May 12, 2018


 

The New York City Ballet Robins 100 presented another fine program. The Four Seasons, music by Giuseppe Verdi, was the first ballet, which featured many of the leading dancers in the company. like Sara Means, Tyler Angle, Teresa Reichlen, Tiler Peck and the always brilliant Daniel UlbrichtCircus Polka, music by Igor Stravinsky, has the adorable children from the School of American Ballet. They were delightful. A Suite of Dances, music by Johann Sebastian Bach, was a solo by the always brilliant Joaquin De Luz. A new ballet Easy, music by Leonard Bernstein, choreography by Justin Peck, was a disappointment. Something to Dance About, direction and musical staging by Warren Carlyle, was another new ballet celebrating Jerome Robbins' work on Broadway. It featured a singer, Jessica Volk, and all the major principal dancers performed selections from many shows like The King and I and Fiddler on the Roof. Andrew Litton conducted the orchestra.

 

Another program of Robbins 100 began with Interplay. In the Night, music of Frederic Chopin, followed. See the Music, in which Associate Conductor Andrews Sill explained the score of The  Cage, by Igor Stravinsky, which followed with a wonderful performance by Sterling Hyltin as the Novice. Other Dances, again music of Chopin, with The superb Tiler Peck and Joaquin De Luz. The program concluded with a delightful Fanfare, music by Benjamin Britten. Jerome Robbins deserved these fine programs revealing his genius as one of the finest choreographers of the twentieth century.
 

I attended Take Wing And Soar, Spirit of Excellence Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition, which celebrated its fifteenth anniversary. It took place in the Event Hall at Columbia University, Broadway at 115th St. Among the honorees were my good friends Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey of Front Row Productions, Inc, who both received the Take Wing and Soar Spirit of Excellence Leadership Award. I sat at their table with Alia's husband and her charming parents. Another honoree was John Douglas Thompson, who received his award first, because he had to perform the matinee of Carousel on Broadway. He received the Earl Hyman Award for Excellence in Classical Acting. I have seen every role he has performed in New York, and he is a brilliant actor. Condola Phylea Rashad received the Jane White Excellence Theatre Award, but was not present, because she is starring on Broadway in Saint Joan, and had to perform that demanding role in the matinee. A delicious brunch was served with cocktails. It was a delightful event. 

 

The 2018 New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards were presented at Feinstein's/54 Below. Special Awards were given to Park Avenue Armory, Transport Group and  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Off-Broadway,  Mary Jane won Best Play and  Hangmen Best Foreign Play.


 

No Broadway musical was given an award. Among the presenters were  Michael Urie, Carrie Coon and  Noma  Dumezweni.. As always, it was a lovely event. 
 
I photographed the three member cast headed by  Michael O'Keefe, director  Kim Weild and the playwright of  First Love, by  Charles Mee. It opens at the Cherry Lane Theatre on June 14, and I hope to attend opening night. 
 
Emilio and  Gloria Estefan were honored at the  Ballet Hispanico Carnaval Gala 2018 at the Plaza Hotel.  Sergio Trujillo was the presenter on this splendid occasion. 

The Caron Recovery Center 24th Annual Gala was a glorious affair at Cipriani 42nd Street. Among the guests were  Katie Couric, Ron Delsener, Clive Davis and  David Johansen (Buster Poindexter). It was a lovely event.
 

2018 Drama Desk Nominees received their nomination certificates at a reception at Friedman's, 228 West 47th St. Among those who were present, I congratulated Joe Mantello, Christopher Gattelli, Harry Hadden-Paton, Lindsay Mendez, Denise Gough, Ethan Slater and Jocelyn Bioh. It was an enjoyable party.

 

Columbus Library presented High Society, by Charles Walters, USA, 1956. With music by Cole Porter, and stars like Grace Kelly (her last film), Bing Crosby, FrankSinatra, Celeste Holm and Louis Armstrong, it is a delightful, entertaining film. I miss listening to pleasant music, seeing lovely ladies like Grace and Celeste and hearing singing voices like the immortal Bing and Frank. Those were the good old days.

 

53rd Street Library presented To Sir, With Love, by James Clavell, USA, 1967. It is a sweet, sentimental film about an inspirational teacher, the wonderful Sidney Poitier, teaching a class of troubled teenagers in a London high school. It is a far-fetched story, and the title which is also the song that became a big hit says it all. For 30 years I was, for 10  years, a teacher of Spanish, and for 20 years an assistant principal in the New York City Public School System. For 4 years,  I was in charge of the college bound program at Haaren H. S. considered the Blackboard Jungle in Manhattan; in fact, Up the Down Staircase was filmed there. I am proud that many of my disadvantaged students went on to college. A dedicated educator can have a tremendous influence on his students.

 

The Gentleman Caller, by Philip Dawkins, is a production of The Abingdon Theatre Company at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The  two character play is directed by Tony Speciale. The two actors are excellent. Juan Francisco Villa as Tennessee Williams is outstanding, and Daniel K. Isaac, as William Inge, interviews Williams in the first act in 1944, and then meets him in Chicago the same year, after having his first success with The Glass Menagerie. It is a fascinating play

 
       

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