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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben -February 16, 2019



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Where All the Stars Shine Brightly!

February 16, 2019

New York City Center Encores! presented   Call Me Madam, music and lyrics by   Irving Berlin, book by  Howard Lindsay  and   Russel Crouse. It was a success when it opened in 1950 with   Ethel Merman in the leading role, and today it is still an enjoyable musical. The songs are melodious, and the duet that was performed by Merman and   Russell Nype, my dear friend,    You're Just In Love, is memorable. You will be singing it when you leave the theater. Otherwise, the plot is silly, but the choreography by   Denis Jones  is fine, especially   The Ocarina.   Brad Davis  steals the show with his wonderful baritone voice, and  Lauren Worsham  and   Jason Gotay  are cute as the young lovers. It is nice to remember that past musicals were entertaining.

The Day Before Spring
 , book and lyrics by  Alan Jay Lerner , music by  Frederick Loewe , is a production of the York Theatre Company as a Musical in Mufti at the Theatre at Saint Peter's Church. It is a pleasant tale of a married woman ( Madison Claire Parks) (photo below) , who meets a former lover at a college reunion, and is tempted to run away with him. The music, like all Lerner and Loewe musicals, is pleasant, but, in this case, not memorable. The cast is young and energetic, directed by  Marc Acito.  We congratulated the cast at the opening night party in the Music Room. 
I attended a press preview of  1900 , by  Bernardo Bertolucci , 1976, Italy, France, West Germany, at the Film Forum. It is, without doubt, one of the finest films ever made. The photography is gorgeous. An all star cast, including  Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Burt Lancaster, Sterling Hayden, Donald Sutherland  and an exquisite  Dominique Sanda , give magnificent performances in a five and one half movie, 317 minutes, shown in two parts, that keeps the viewer's attention the entire time. One leave the cinema knowing the way of life in a small village in Italy from 1901 to 1945, and sees the brutality of the fascists and their fight with the communists during that period. It is a wonderful, memorable film. It will be screened at Film Forum from February 22-February 28. 

The 9th Annual Clive Barnes Awards
 took place at the Walter Reade Theater. Michael Riedel, as always, was the witty Master of Ceremonies, telling the audience wonderful anecdotes of working with Clive at the New York Post.
Clive's widow, Valerie Taylor-Barnes greeted the audience, and she does a splendid job keeping Clive's memory and reputation alive as a marvelous, and, more important, honest theatre and dance critic
I miss him. 
Edmund Donovan won the 2018 Theatre Award presented by Beth Leavel, and Zoey Anderson won the 2018 Dance Award ($5,000 each) presented by Michael Novak. Two last year's winners, Evan Ruggiero and Gemma Bond spoke about their activities during the year since winning, A reception followed in the Gallery, where we were able to congratulate the four finalists in each category.

I went to Gavin Brown's enterprise, 439 West 127th St, for an interesting evening, Vissi D'Amore, a benefit for children from Harlem, the South Bronx and East Flatbush. Three opera singers performed a concert, honoring a musician from the New York Philharmonic, Anthony McGill, who is also a board member of Time in Advance. A caviar reception with fine wines, plus a silent auction, preceded the concert, and a dessert reception followed the concert. We met many of the supporters of the program at the reception. They were all quite charming. It was a lovely event. 
I attended The Shadow of a Gunman, by Sean O'Casey, at the Irish Repertory Theatre, on Patrons' Night, also according to the program Opening Night. My best friend is a patron. Kenneth Lonergan and Matthew Broderick (photo below) were there also. The party was held in the lobby and the second floor gallery, where Jameson Irish Whiskey was served and bite size Shepherd Pies.
I attended a delicious breakfast at The Morgan Library & Museum, followed by a Media Preview for the coming year, and a viewing of two of their current exhibitions. Colin B. Bailey, Director,  welcomed the press and announced the restoration of J. Pierpont Morgan's Library and the enhancement of surrounding grounds. Various curators spoke of their upcoming exhibitions with slides showing photographs, drawings, books, portraits and designs for opera and ballet. It promises to be an exciting year at my favorite library and museum.
Actor/producer Joe Sirola passed away at 89-years-of-age. Every year he invited me to his Champagne and Roses party in his apartment. Many celebrities attended. Gary Springer invited many of his friends to the Frank E. Campbell Funeral home where people told humorous anecdotes about his life, songs were sung and a video of his life was screened. It was a fitting tribute to a fine actor and a wonderful gentleman.



 Madison Claire Parks.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben

Kenneth Lonergan and Matthew Broderick.  Photo by:  Aubrey Reuben


Joyce Brooks and Gerard Mc Keon.  Photo by:  Rose Billings /

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