Ruby’s Café. Australia in USA!

Michael Reubens New York To describe Ruby's Café as intimate, cosy, friendly and inexpensive, would be an understatement! It is that for sure. Located in the Murray Hill area of Manhattan, this hole-in-the-wall restaurant (and even smaller kitchen) is a money-making gold mine and deservedly so. The volume of diners is intense and there's always... Continue Reading →

Tuttles, a great pub!

Michael Reubens New York New York City is a never-ending surprise - just walk up or down one avenue or street and you're sure to find and explore a restaurant, diner, coffee shop, wine bar or pub that you hadn't stumbled on before. Case in point, Tuttles, pub and restaurant, located in the Murray Hill... Continue Reading →

Desperate Measures

Michael Reubens, New York. Adapting Shakespeare's plays into stage or film musical comedies has succeeded on Broadway, Hollywood and London's West End, so it's no surprise that this latest incarnation shouldn't be a hit. Twelth Night (Your Own Thing), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cole Porter's Kiss me, Kate (The Taming of the Shrew) and even... Continue Reading →

Velma Celli at Feinstein’s 54Below

Michael Reubens, New York If you say Velma Celli really fast it could be easily transposed to the Italian pasta Vermicelli - and that's done on purpose. In part, a food pun but more importantly the character, as in Velma Kelly, in the Broadway hit Chicago, immortalized by the incomparable Gwen Verdon many years ago,... Continue Reading →

A tribute to Stephen Sondheim.

By Michael Reubens New York Musical reviews by Stephen Sondheim have come and gone and graced the world stages for decades and in many formats and languages. I, for one, grew up in London in the sixties and fondly remember Millicent Martin in "Side by Side by Sondheim", a smash pastiche of delicious music and... Continue Reading →

Dietrich, a play with music

It is a rare find to have a talent that can channel a superstar from the past and, like magic, transform the off-Broadway cabaret room, The Triad into the Tatania Palast Theater, Berlin, cerca 1960. Cindy Marinangel does just that in the guise of Marlene Dietrich as she sweeps us back in time from her... Continue Reading →

The wonders of Michelangelo at the Vatican museum.

During my Italian adventure in which I recently visited Venice, Florence, Naples, Catania, its regions, and Rome, it was an honor and a privilege to re-visit the Vatican Museum, and more specifically, the artwork of Michelangelo and the magnificent Sistine chapel. On that occasion I had engaged the assistance of a private guide, who escorted me... Continue Reading →

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