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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben - October 22, 2016


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On the Town With Aubrey Reuben
Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!
October 22, 2016


On Broadway, a new version by Stephen Karam of The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov, at the American Airlines Theatre, is a Roundabout Theatre Company production and is directed by Simon Godwin, in his debut in America. Neither the writer nor the director should have ruined a theatre masterpiece. First was the atrocious set. The first gloomy scene had children's furniture. When some members of the cast sat down, I was certain that they would not be able to stand up afterwards. Second was many of the cast members were miscast. The leading actress, Diane Lane, looks lovely. The rest of the cast look drab and unattractive. The addition of three musicians added nothing to the play, and the music was unpleasant to the ears. As far as I was concerned, it was a tedious performance, and I am sure Chekhov would not have enjoyed it.


Off-Broadway, on the other hand Love, Love, Love, by Mike Bartlett, at the Laura Pels Theatre, is also a Roundabout Theatre Company production, and is a joy to watch. The acting by the five member cast is excellent, expertly directed by Michael Mayer. Amy Ryan, who appears in all three acts gives an outstanding performance, as a young, freedom loving girl, who in the second act becomes a married mother with two spoilt teenage children, and in the final act when the mercenary children reach forty, is a divorced mother. The play is full of humor, and is serious and realistic. It shows the generation gap brilliantly. The dialogue is clever, and the three sets by Derek McLane and the costume design by Susan Hilferty are perfect. It was one of the best evenings in the theatre this season.


She Stoops To Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith, at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, is a production of TACT, the actors company theatre. Although a small company, they always present first class productions. This one is no exception. A terrific eight member cast, directed by Scott Alan Evans, revive this classic play expertly. I must mention two young cast members in particular. Mairin Lee in her debut is superb as the major love interest, Kate Hardcastle, and Jeremy Beck gave a remarkable performance as Charles Marlow. When he began to tremble, and could not stop, he brought down the house. It was magnificent. I was happy to photograph the two fine actors at the opening night party in the second floor lounge at Theatre Row.


Tick, Tick...Boom!, book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, at the Acorn Theater at Theatre Row, is a modest, autobiographical musical about the composer, who approaches his 30th birthday as a frustrated restaurant waiter hoping for success in theatre. Nick Blaemire shines in the lead of a three member cast, with four musicians also on stage, directed by Jonathan Silverstein






Fans of George Gershwin's music were in for a treat at the David Geffen Hall when The National Chorale and the National Chorale Orchestra, under the Artistic Director Everett Mccorvey presented a marvelous concert of all Gershwin music. It opened with The Professional Performing Arts High School Choir, conducted by Vagarshak Ohanyan, singing five Gershwin popular songs, followed by The National Chorale singing more songs in A Tribute to GershwinMichael Fennelly then performed Rhapsody in Blue, and granted the audience an encore. The program came to a rousing climax after the intermission when four fine soloists sang with the chorus Porgy & Bess, A Celebration of Songs. It was a glorious evening dedicated to one of America's a greatest composers.


The Bolshoi presented The Golden Age, music by Dmitri Shostakovich, choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, live on film from Moscow. After its premiere in the 1930s, it was rarely performed. What a delight to see the magnificent performance by the marvelous Bolshoi Ballet Company! The story is simple. A fisherman (Ruslan Skvortsov) falls in love with a cabaret dancer (Nina Kaptsova), whose cabaret dancing partner (Mikhail Lobukhin) is also a gangster. It is a messy love triangle. The dancing is fabulous. Kaptsova is simply spectacular. She is beautiful, and her dancing leaves the audience breathless. Her handsome partner Skvortsov is powerful, and lifts her constantly and seamlessly over his head, It is a joy to behold. Her cabaret partner Lobukhin is also a brilliant dancer. The composer included the popular Tea For Two in the second act in the cabaret scene, danced perfectly by the amazing ensemble. I enjoyed every minute of this unique ballet.


The Workshop Theater honored Sheldon Harnick with the Jewel Box Award at their 3rd annual unGala ,at the Lindeman, 508 West 42nd St. Peter Filichia interviewed the honoree, and Sally Mayes and Michael McCormick sang some of his songs. It was a delightful evening, with an open bar and delicious hors d'oeuvres for Sheldon Harnick's well deserved honor.


I attended a Meet & Greet to photograph Lorenzo Lamas at The Jerry Orbach Theatre, 210 West 50th St, who joins the cast of The Fantasticks from October 24 to November 13 as El Gallo.


I attended the opening night party for The Front Page, at Sardi's. I review the show on Saturday, October 22. I photographed the arrivals on opening night at the Broadhurst Theatre, and celebrated with all the guests at the party. They included Lee Roy Reams, Jon Hamm, Tovah Feldshuh, David Schwimmer, Sarah Paulson, the cast members, and many others too numerous to mention. It was a great party!


The Metropolitan Museum held a press preview for Max Beckman in New York: October 19-February 20, 2017. The modern art paintings are impressive, and include many of his previous paintings from Germany. There are many self portraits and nightmarish ones of his vision of hell. He also painted nude females, and his second wife with and without clothes. It is well worth a visit.







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