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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben - December 31, 2016


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Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!
December 31, 2016


The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players presented The Mikado, libretto by William S. Gilbert, music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, at the Kaye Playhouse, is an updated version of one of the most popular works of the two famous English geniuses of the nineteenth century. In these days of political correctness, it was felt necessary to add a prologue by David Auxier set in the offices of the D'Oyle Carte Opera Company in 1884. It adds nothing to the performance, except it makes the evening 15-minutes longer. The production also gives us the worst costume design ever for the cast. I cannot imagine what it is supposed to represent. The women wear Victorian costumes with their open bustles shown behind them. The men wear an assortment of clothing, that make them look ridiculous. Three Little Maids From School Are We is usually sung by three ladies in kimonos, showing that it takes place in Japan. In Victorian clothes, it could take place on another planet. Thankfully, the music is glorious, the libretto is funny, and the cast, especially Chris White as The Mikado, Daniel Greenwood as Nanki-Poo and David Macaluso as Ko-Ko, performed the words and music admirably. Thank goodness.



The 62nd International Debutante Ball took place at The Pierre, 2 East 61st St. It is one of the finest events of the year. 42 gorgeous young ladies from the United States and other parts of the world are presented to society. Among them were Camila Mendoza Echavarria the granddaughter of Anne Eisenhower and great-great-granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and from Florida my favorite twins, Connor Alexandra Catellano and Diana Ashley Castellano, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Castellano.


Their proud mother Brenda was accompanied by her two sisters, Peggy Nestor and Marianne Cassini, whose late husband was Oleg Cassini, their uncle. After posing for photographs, the lovely ladies, with handsome escorts in white tie and tails, attended a cocktail reception, and a delicious dinner, followed by dancing, to conclude a memorable night.


The Riverside Branch Library, 127 Amsterdam Avenue, presented Pretty Woman, by Garry Marshall, USA, 1990, a typical Hollywood fantasy, about a tough, wealthy businessman (Richard Gere), who, accidentally, meets a prostitute (Julia Roberts) and invites her to work for him for a week, and stay with him in his rented penthouse in a luxury hotel. She is sweet and honest, and, naturally, as in all fairy tales, he becomes a changed person, and they live happily ever after. The film turned Julia Roberts into a film superstar. Although it is nonsense. it is highly entertaining, and beautifully photographed.



The Columbus Library, 741 Tenth Ave, presented When Harry Met Sally... by Rob Reiner, USA, 1989, a wonderful film about two friends Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) who drive to New York upon graduating from college in 1977, and what happens to them over the next dozen years. It has intelligent dialogue by Nora Ephron, and is funny and true. The photography makes New York City look marvelous. The music is popular songs, many sung by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, that reflect the good life in the city. It is a feel good film, that everyone can enjoy.


The Columbus Library, 741 Tenth Ave, presented Genius, by Michael Grandage, UK, 2016, a film, based on a true story, about the relationship of the book editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth) with the novelist Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). It is an intelligent film, showing the collaboration necessary between an editor and a writer to produce a literary masterpiece. The two actors give brilliant performances. I recommend this film to every book lover  I enjoyed every minute of it. 


12-31-16 Twin debutantes Diana Ashley Castellano (L) and Conner Alexandra Castellano at the 62nd International Debutante Ball at The Pierre Hotel. 2 East 61st St. Thursday night.12-29-16..  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

12-31-16 Some of the debutantes at the 62nd International Debutante Ball at The Pierre Hotel. 2 East 61st St. Thursday night.12-29-16..  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

12-31-16 Twin debutantes Diana Ashley Castellano (L) and Conner Alexandra Castellano at the 62nd International Debutante Ball at The Pierre Hotel. 2 East 61st St.
Thursday night.12-29-16.


12-31-16 Some of the debutantes at the 62nd International Debutante Ball at The Pierre Hotel. 2 East 61st St.
Thursday night.12-29-16.


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