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"Wolf Hall" crosses the pond

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 01:41

The British cast say they are excited to join the Broadway community. Alicia Powell reports.

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Five centuries after Henry VIII ruled the roost in Tudor England, and one year after a successful run on London's West End, the king's chief minister Thomas Cromwell is preparing to hit Broadway. SOUNDBITE: Ben Milles, actor 'Thomas Cromwell', saying (English): "I know the buzz in New York about theater but I haven't experienced this kind of excitement with a show. And I'm really looking forward to telling the story." The show will consistent of two plays based on the best-selling novels of Hilary Mantel, which the author condensed. SOUNDBITE: Hilary Mantel, author, saying (English): "We have to choose, we have to select, we have to trim. We have to cut a clear path through the complexities for the audience. Bring them fun and entertainment." For Nathaniel Parker, the play's Henry VIII, appearing on Broadway in this role is a dream realized. SOUNDBITE: Nathaniel Parker, actor 'Henry VIII', saying (English): "It's not a matter if you go from Stratford to London, which is what most of the cast who haven't done West End we're thinking, 'oh, are we going to make it to the West End, yay.' I said, 'no, no, whether or not we go to Broadway is the key.' And this has been my focus for the last year and a half and it's such a thrill to be here." And while Parker is thrilled, Lydia Leonard is terrified. SOUNDBITE: Lydia Leonard, actress, Anne Anne Boleyn, saying (English): "You think it would get easier as it sort of grows with - you know, people have liked it and things. But I personally feel it gets more and more terrifying. I keep thinking, 'this will be the time we get found out won't we, everyone is great, I get found out." The combined five to six-hour drama transferred from London's West End after a sell-out run in Stratford and will officially open in New York on April 9th.

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"Wolf Hall" crosses the pond

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 01:41