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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben - April 2, 2016


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On the Town With Aubrey Reuben
Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!
April 2, 2016


I was invited back to see Eugene O'Neill's Hughie at the Booth Theatre. Although Forest Whitaker seems more comfortable in the leading role, the play itself is hardly a major work from the most distinguished American playwright. I can understand why it is closing early.


We were invited back to see On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan at the Marquis Theatre. Before the show, we attended a cocktail reception in the VIP lounge. The hosts were Gloria and Emilio, who were simply charming. I've known them for many years, because my first wife, Maria Elena Reuben, wrote about them for many Spanish magazines and newspapers, and I had the pleasure of recently giving Gloria an exclusive black and white photo of them with Celia Cruz taken many years ago, which is now framed in their home. It was a pleasure to see the marvelous production of one of the most entertaining shows on Broadway. The cast and musicians tell the story of their lives magnificently and the music is delightful. Directed brilliantly by Jerry Mitchelland choreographed splendidly by Sergio Trujillo, you are guaranteed one of the most memorable theatrical experiences.


Arthur Miller's The Crucible, at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is directed by Ivo Van Hove. He has a reputation for re-imaging classics by Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, and many others Off-Broadway, and now Arthur Miller, whose A View From the Bridgepreviously appeared on Broadway this season. I have seen everything he has done in New York. He, obviously, is an acquired taste, which I have not been able to acquire. What he has now done to Arthur Miller's monumental work is bizarre to say the least. The play is about the Salem witch trials in the 1690s, in which falsely accused innocent men and women's lives were ruined. Miller used this to compare it with the Senator Joseph McCarthy witch hunt in congress in the early 1950s.  This version takes place in a gloomy modern day schoolroom. The costume design by Wojciech Dziedzic is the dreariest ever seen on a Broadway stage, and no actor looks good.

 Actors like Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okenedo and Saoirse Ronan are not given the chance to shine in these conditions. Also, Luchta, a Tamaskan, is a rare breed of dog, who appears after the intermission in its Broadway debut as a wolf and crosses the stage. For me, it was the highlight of the almost three hour production, which can be summed up in one word, excruciating.


We were invited to see Creating the Magic with The Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre presented by Inside Broadway. Michael Presser introduced the program, featuring four cast members and four musical selections. Many crew members demonstrated how everything operated to bring to life the magic of live theater. 1,000 elementary school children attended and were delighted with the program. Many will become the future Broadway Musical Theatre fans.


I attended a photo op of the cast and creative team for Indecent, a new play with music by Paula Vogel, directed by Rebecca Taichman, which opens on May 17 at the Vineyard Theatre. I eagerly await the opening night.


I was invited back to see My King/Mon Roi, by Maiwenn, France, 2015, starring Emmanuelle Bercot, who won the best Actress Award at the Cannes Festival, and Vincent Cassel, which opens on July 15. I will add more comments about the splendid film after it opens.


Resident Magazine Celebrated the March 2016 Cover Girl Dylan Lauren at her Union Square Sweets Emporium, 33 Union Square West with a splendid party attended by many of her friends and guests like Jean Shafiroff, Henri Marc Kessler and Annie Watts. Exotic cocktails were provided and sweets galore were sampled at this beautiful new store, I gave Dylan a gift of a black & white photo of her parents that I took many years ago at Rainbow & Stars. She was delighted.


04-02-16 Gloria Estefan (L) and Dr. Xiuli Meng at a cocktail reception in the VIP lounge before seeing a performance of "On Your Feet! The story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan" at the Marquis Theatre. 1535 Broadway. Wednesday night 03-29-16.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

04-02-16 (L-R) Director Walter Bobbie. music. lyrics & story Edie Brickell. music. book & story Steve Martin at the opening night for "Bright Star" at the Cort Theatre. 138 West 48th St. Thursday night 03-24-16.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

04-02-16 Gloria Estefan (L) and Dr. Xiuli Meng at a cocktail reception in the VIP lounge before seeing a performance of "On Your Feet! The story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan" at the Marquis Theatre. 1535 Broadway. Wednesday night 03-29-16

04-02-16 (L-R) Director Walter Bobbie. music. lyrics & story Edie Brickell. music. book & story Steve Martin at the opening night for "Bright Star" at the Cort Theatre.
138 West 48th St. Thursday night 03-24-16


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