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'Wolf Hall' Broadway Review: The Fixer Behind a Tudor King and His Queens

'Wolf Hall' Broadway Review: The Fixer Behind a Tudor King and His Queens
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Dirty doings at the Tudor court of King Henry VIII during the 1520s-30s unfold in “Wolf Hall,” a two-play rendition of Hilary Mantel’s bestselling novels as performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Winter Garden, where the productions opened on Thursday.

Cogently adapted by Mike Poulton, the drama spins around Thomas Cromwell, a commoner who devotedly serves Cardinal Wolsey, Henry’s chief advisor. During the socio-political hurricane that arises over Henry’s desire to replace his longtime consort, Katherine of Aragon, with the tempestuous Anne Boleyn – who promises to give the king a male heir – Wolsey is toppled from power.

In the aftermath, Cromwell rises to behind-the-throne eminence as Henry’s number-one fixer. Cromwell contends with a stubborn Katherine, manages the king’s finances, copes with Anne’s demands and assists in the nation’s stormy reformation from Catholicism to a Protestant state.

 

'Gigi' Broadway Review: Stale Puff Pastry

'Gigi' Broadway Review: Stale Puff Pastry
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Despite several creamy Lerner & Loewe musical standards at its core, “Gigi” is a slab of stale puff pastry that is being clumsily dished up as...

'Hand to God' Broadway Review: A Devilish New Comedy

'Hand to God' Broadway Review: A Devilish New Comedy
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

A devilishly entertaining dark comedy, “Hand to God” regards a nice teenaged boy whose raggedy sock puppet becomes possessed by malevolent forces....

Did DMX Stop Reading the Bible?

Did DMX Stop Reading the Bible?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Rap artist DMZ has had problems in his past. In 2012, he reportedly turned his life over to Jesus and once read Bible verses to a fan outside a Los Angeles restaurant.

A...

"Kill Me Three Times:" Twisty Gory Fun

BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

It’s a surprise to see comic actor Simon Pegg of “Shaun of the Dead” playing a hired assassin in the Australian noir “Kill Me Three Times,” but Pegg brin...

Frank Sinatra Documentary on HBO

Frank Sinatra Documentary on HBO
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way. For what is a man…” Those refrains h...

'Skylight' Broadway Review: British Food for Thought

'Skylight' Broadway Review: British Food for Thought
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

A pot of spaghetti is cooked onstage in “Skylight,” but the food for thought that British playwright David Hare serves up in his 1995 quasi-romant...

'New York City Spring Spectacular' Review: Radio City Music Hall Packs a Massive Entertainment

'New York City Spring Spectacular' Review: Radio City Music Hall Packs a Massive Entertainment
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

The “New York Spring Spectacular” truly lives up to its title at Radio City Music Hall, where the fabulous Rockettes, Broadway baby Laura Bena...

'The Heidi Chronicles' Broadway Review: The Way We Lived Then

'The Heidi Chronicles' Broadway Review: The Way We Lived Then
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Elisabeth Moss, whose persevering Peggy Olson has evolved over the seasons of “Mad Men,” now plays a different sort of woman who observes American...

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