On the Town With Aubrey Reuben
Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!
June 1, 2013
05-24-13 Outstanding Director in a Musical Diane Paulus "Pippin"
and her daughter Katharine at the 63rd Annual 2013 Outer Critics
Awards at Sardi's. 234 West 44th St. Thursday afternoon. 05-23-13
The Giacomo Variations, by Michael Sturminger, has
John Malkovich imitating the legendary womanizer Casanova.
It also features the Orchester Wiener Akademie, under the baton
of Martin Haselbock, playing music of Mozart,
including selections from three of his operas. Three other
actors/singers appear on stage with Malkovich, and engage in a
lot of silliness, which does not amount to much. What might have
been imaginative, turns out to be quite dull.
The New York City Ballet presented a Tribute to
Broadway program. Fancy Free with three
sailors, Andrew Veyette, Daniel Ulbricht
and Tyler Angle flirting with three sexy
women, and West Side Story Suite with
Chase Finlay and Faye Arthurs as the
tragic lovers, were crowd pleasers. Both feature
music by Leonard Bernstein and choreography
by Jerome Robbins. But the most exciting
ballet was Carousel (A Dance), music by
Richard Rodgers, choreography by Christopher
Wheeldon, one of the choreographer's best
creations, with an outstanding Lauren Lovette
and Robert Fairchild as the mismatched
A second program features three works by Jerome
Robbins and one by Balanchine. Interplay,
music by Morton Gould, is a delightful modern
piece with eight dancers. Harrison Ball displayed
great virtuosity in his solo, and Brittany Pollack
and Peter Walker were charming in their duet.
The Cage, music by Stravinsky, is a
masterpiece. The female dancers, as creepy creatures,
are impressive. Jane Taylor was brilliant as the
novice, and also Teresa Reichlen as the Queen.
Andantino, music by Tschaikovsky, is an
exquisite short duet for two marvelous dancers, Tiler
Peck and Gonzalo Garcia. The program
concluded with the ever popular Western Symphony.
Sterling Hyltin was superb in the second
movement, and Sara Means and Robert Fairchild
in the third. It was another splendid evening at the
The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) presented the ever
popular Don Quixote with two of their most
exciting dancers, Natalia Osipova and Ivan
Vasiliev. The audience applauded enthusiastically
every turn, jump and pirouette they performed. They
literally stole the show. In the dream scene,
Misty Copeland and Yuriko Kajiya, were
excellent. But it was the two Russian dancers who
provided the highlight of the evening.
A new nightclub opened. Rosebud is located at 510
West 42nd St with an invitation only party to sample
delicious cocktails. It is a lovely space and will be a
welcome addition to NYC.
Joe Sirola held his annual Champagne & Roses
soiree at his penthouse with lots of champagne and delicious
food. Among the guests were Jamie deRoy, KT Sullivan
and Joel Vig.
The opening night party for Around the World in 80 Days
took place in the XVI Lounge with the cast and guests
Randy Jones and Sunny Bak. It has received
MoMA presented The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, by
Budd Boetticher, USA, 1960, a black and white,
typical gangster film about the legendary criminal during
Prohibition. It features plenty of violence. But
surprisingly, it is quite dull, as is Ray Danton
in the title role.
Tuesday afternoon 05-21-13