Sunday, March 1, 2015

Never Forget These 34 Names!

What We Could Learn From Bibi

'Wolf Hall' Offers New Purchasing Options

Producers of the Broadway transfer of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 have announced that starting February 27, 2015, patrons will be able to purchase each part of the theatrical event individually.

Patrons wishing to see both parts of the theatrical event, including the opportunity to see both parts in one day, will still be able to purchase both parts together at a special, discounted rate.

In addition, a limited number of student tickets will be available for $27 per part, and will be available online at

Tickets for Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 are available for purchase at the box office of the Winter Garden Theatre, online at, or by calling (212) 239-6200.

Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 will begin previews on Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an opening day set for Thursday, April 9, 2015.


“Hilary Mantel’s best-selling novels
have been brought into the open daylight
and turned into edge of your seat theatre.”
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times

that will not disappoint fans of modern political
dramas such as ‘House of Cards’”
- The Guardian, London

The intrigue fizzes, and the dialogue continually surprises,
switching between delicious lyricism and a bracing simplicity.
- The Evening Standard, London

- The Daily Telegraph, London
- The Daily Mail, London
- The Independent, London


Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 is based on the best selling novels by Dame Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies) about the deceit, betrayal, and intrigue of the court of Henry VIII, and adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton. This special event invites theatergoers to be part of a unique theatrical experience, similar to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award winning production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 features a company of more than twenty actors, headed by Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, and Nathaniel Parker as King Henry VIII, all under the direction of Olivier Award nominee Jeremy Herrin, who makes his New York City directing début. The Royal Shakespeare Company is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

The production features scenic and costume design by Christopher Oram, lighting design by Paule Constable (Part 1) and David Plater (Part 2), sound design by Nick Powell, music by Stephen Warbeck, and movement by Siân Williams.

Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis & Nick Salmon for Playful Productions UK, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Jam Theatricals, Ron Kastner, Kyodo Tokyo, Inc., Tulchin Bartner Productions, WLE MSG, Jane Bergère, Scott M. Delman, Rebecca Gold, Just For Laughs Theatricals, Kit Seidel, Triple Play Productions, Gabrielle Palitz, Georgia Gatti, Jessica Genick, Will Trice, and The Shubert Organization.

Both parts of the production can either be seen in one day with a dinner break of approximately two-and-a-half hours, or can be seen on two different days.

NJGOP Wants Your Views On Top Issues!

Here is a special message from the New Jersey State republican Committee:

Last week, Governor Chris Christie presented his FY2016 budget to lawmakers in Trenton; outlining initiatives and proposals for reforms that will keep New Jersey moving in the right direction. Yet as the Governor made clear in his budget address on Tuesday, New Jersey's pension and benefits system continues to be the greatest obstacle to our future success and fiscal stability.

Now that the Governor has put forth responsible solutions to permanently resolve our pension problem, we want to get your feedback and hear your ideas for keeping our state on the right track.

Governor Christie and all of our Republican leaders in the Legislature are committed to finishing the job they started five years ago. Your support and input is critical to ensuring they can continue to confront our challenges head on and address the issues most important to the people of our state.

Please click here now and take a few minutes to take our NJGOP Survey and tell us your ideas for strengthening New Jersey in 2015. As the backbone of our Republican party in New Jersey, your opinion is incredibly valuable to us.

This is an important opportunity to not only share your input, but to also call for action from lawmakers in Trenton. We look forward to hearing your ideas as we work together to keep New Jersey on the right path. 

Paper Mill's 'Hunchback' - Video Preview

Millburn New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse has revealed a preview of its highly-aniticipated production of Disney's new musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The show begins performances March 4 before opening officially on March 15. It runs through April 5.
This production originated at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse last year, stars Michael Arden as Quasimodo, Patrick Page as Frollo, Ciara Renée as Esmeralda, and Andrew Samonsky as Phoebus. The score, by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, contains tunes from the 1996 animated feature film and brand-new material. Peter Parnell wrote the book, based on the film's screenplay and Victor Hugo's novel. Scott Schwartz directs.

Walker Wins Dan Cirucci Straw Poll By Big Margin

The Dan Cirucci Blog Straw Poll results are in and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has won a resounding victory as your choice for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Walker garnered 86% of the vote and no one else even came close.
Walker's rise in polls (not just here, but everywhere) has been truly meteoric but, remember -- we're still a long, long way off from the priamries and the real campaign. A lot can happen between now and then.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came in second in our straw poll with 6% of the vote followed by Jeb Bush with 4% and Ted Cruz and John Kasich each with 2%. Other candidates had negligible margins of one percent or less. The figures total more that 100% because all percentages are rounded off.
Walker is having a helluva run right now. He was a huge hit at CPAC and he's been the runaway winner here at the Dan Cirucci Blog.
Thanks, everybody for participating in our straw poll!

Photo of Governor Scott Walker copyright 2015 by Dan Cirucci.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Exclusive CPAC Photos: Best Of The Best!


CPAC '15 was a vivid conservative celebration demonstrating the vibrancy of the modern conservative movement -- the sweeping effort that began with William F. Buckley, Claire Booth Luce, and Barry Goldwater and continued with Ronald Reagan, Phyllis Schlafly and Margaret Thatcher. Today's conservative stars are shown above (from top) Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Scott Walker, Governor Bobby Jundal, Governor Scott Walker, with Carly Fiorina, Michelle Malkin, 1210 Talk Radio host Chris Stigall, young conservatives loving our nation and our flag, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Rick Perry, with Greta Von Sustern, Donald Trump, with Dan Bomgino, Ambassador John Bolton, Governor Jeb Bush and Colonel Allen West. What a lineup! We had a great time!
All photos copyright 2015 by Dan Cirucci.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Important News From Cardinal Newman Society!

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Dear friend,
Whom would YOU defend?  Radical pro-abortion Daniel Maguire... or pro-life, pro-marriage John McAdams?
Would you defend Notre Dame's voluntary choice to give employee benefits to "married" same-sex partners… or do you support the faithful professors who charge that Notre Dame's false witness "imperils the souls" of students?
Professor Maguire thrives at Marquette University, but McAdams faces punishment for criticizing another professor's treatment of a pro-marriage student.  If that seems confusing, get this: the dissident is defending the Christian!  That's because Maguire's "academic freedom" is threatened by Marquette's persecution of McAdams.
I'd love your take on this.  My view, as I told the National Catholic Register, is that the entire mess displays the "hypocrisy of academic freedom today" at some Catholic universities.  But go to our Facebook page to tell us what you think.
Meanwhile, three Notre Dame law professors have publicly decried Notre Dame's decision to offer marriage benefits for same-sex employees.  By offering these benefits, a Catholic university "impairs its own stated mission to help form all of its students as whole persons…"
We couldn't agree more!  And one great man who "epitomized all that is best" at Notre Dame—and was ashamed of his University leaders' actions in recent years—is Professor Charles Rice, who died Wednesday.  May God grant him an eternity of joy!
Finally, don't miss our important two-part interview with psychology expert Dr. Peter Kleponis on the scourge of pornography on campus!  See both part 1 and part 2, and thank God for the heroic work that Dr. Kleponis is doing for families and for the Church.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Patrick Reilly

Inner-City Hockey Players Compete 7/27 - 3/1

Over 80 of the Nation’s most advanced inner-city youth hockey players will descend to Philadelphia for the 2015 Willie O’Ree Skills Weekend from Friday, February 27 through Sunday  March 1, as the National Hockey League celebrates Hockey is for Everyone.™

The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, a model for the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone™ initiative, is serving as host for the weekend’s festivities which include a visit to the National Liberty Museum, Temple University, The University of Pennsylvania, Independence National Historical Park, and Wells Fargo Center, where they will attend the Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers game on Saturday February 28.

Participants will be recognized for their achievements on the ice, in the classroom and in the community and will partake in an on-ice clinic conducted by NHL alumni, including O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL. O'Ree now serves as the ambassador for the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone™ initiative. The weekend is an educational opportunity for young athletes to enhance their skills, meet NHL alumni, create new friendships and enjoy the attractions of Philadelphia.

Hockey is for Everyone™ provides support and unique programing to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey. The Hockey is for Everyone™ initiative leverages the sport of hockey as a catalyst to help children learn essential life skills, education and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance and teamwork.

The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation was created by Philadelphia Flyers Chairman Ed Snider in 2005 as his personal commitment to teach children important life lessons. Using the sport of hockey, the mission of Snider Hockey is to build lives and unite communities, helping educate young people to succeed in the game of life. Snider Hockey programs are provided at no cost and are focused on underserved boys and girls who otherwise would not have the opportunity to play, with an emphasis on character development, life skills, fitness, nutrition, and academics.

From CPAC: The Best Of The Best

We're here at CPAC where we are joining with thousands of others to fight the good fight for solid conservative principles.
We've heard from all the major speakers now and here's our take on the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates that we've heard.

Funniest and most human: Chris Christie. No matter the circumstances, Christie always seems to enjoy himself.

Most charming: Marco Rubio. Above all, Rubio remains enormously appealing and his story resonates.

Most intriguing: Scott Walker. Walker's greatest strength is what he doesn't reveal. Therein lie the seeds of charisma.

Most forceful: Rick Perry. A surprisingly compelling and powerful speaker.

Most cultish following: Rand Paul. Paul and his following seem to merge into a sort of driven, frenzied plea.

Most intense: Ted Cruz. To call this guy "passionate" would be an understatement.

Biggest challenge: Jeb Bush. Bush faced a mostly respectful but relentlessly skeptical audience and comported himself quite well.

Smartest man in the room (and he'll be happy to remind you of that): Donald Trump. And, guess what -- Trump's a damned good speaker, too!

And, though he's no longer running for anything, we have to give kudos to Newt Gingrich who held the crowd in the palm of his hand during remarks that were both thoughtful and thought-provoking. Gingrich has still got it.

CPAC's greatest strength:

--The huge number of bright, young conservatives that CPAC attracts from all over the country and the world. Seeing so many young people who are so aware, so involved and so well-involved restores our faith in the future of our nation.

--The vast array of speakers and ideas that are shared in open, varied exchanges in an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect. Common courtesies are alive and well at CPAC.

--The distinctive characters in attendance -- expressing America's rich heritage of rugged individualism.

--The numerous social events that give us all a chance to interact, mingle and get to know one another across generational, religious and geographic lines.

--The enduring heritage of CPAC and the American Conservative Union, so deeply rooted in the legacy of the founders of modern conservatism: Claire Booth Luce, William F. Buckley, Phyllis Schlafly, Barry Goldwater, Lady Margaret Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan. Avanti!

What Scott Walker Said - And Didn't Say

We're live blogging here once again from CPAC.
Yesterday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had the large crowd on its feet here when, in responding to a question about how he might handle ISIS, he said "If I can take on 100,000 protestors [in Wisconsin] I can do the same across the globe." When pressed on this by the liberal media (which seized upon his comment) Walker said "you all will misconstrue things as you see fit." He then added that this was the closest example that he had, but that there's not necessarily "a parallel between the two."
That certainly seems fair enough to us.
Walker was asked about a volatile international situation and he answered by referencing a volatile situation that he already faced. He wanted to remind us that he can remain resolute in the face of strong challenges.
In the same way, many years ago Ronald Reagan pointed to the manner in which he faced down studio bosses (as President of the Screen Actors Guild union) when explaining why he thought he could face down the leaders of Soviet Russia and other communist states. The elites laughed at Reagan when he made this reference and the elites turned out to be wrong. Reagan really was astringent leader of deep conviction and he was up to the challenge of not only facing the Soviets but bringing down their entire totalitarian empire.
Yes, there's something decidedly Reaganesque about Walker and that has Democrats and the liberal media rattled. That's why they are relentlessly targeting him.
But Walker doesn't seem to care. So far, he's remained cool and remarkably focused. He'll need to continue to do so in the days ahead. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Stand With SF Archbishop Cordileone

I spoke yesterday with Archbishop Cordileone’s office in San Francisco. 

They are very grateful for our prayers and support. 

Meanwhile, California politicians have launched another attack on Archbishop Cordileone. 

>>>Sign our letter of support for Archbishop Cordileone here!

If you've already signed, thank you! 

To review, earlier this month San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced that all teachers in the archdiocesan-controlled high schools would be required to sign certain “affirm and believe” statements as a part of their contracts. The statements affirm the constant teachings of the church on human sexuality, marriage, life, pornography and other contested moral issues of our day. 

Last week a group of eight lawmakers sent an insulting letter to the Archbishop demanding that he abandon his new Catholic school reforms. Archbishop Cordileone stood firm, telling legislators that they must respect the freedom of the Church to operate our schools as we see fit. 

What are these reforms, you might ask?

Quite simply, the teachers were called upon to affirm a statement about Catholic identity. The statement covered topics such as the Church's authority and her core beliefs including our belief in the Real Presence. It also covered the role of teachers in Catholic education in forming Catholic students, and affirmed that teachers could not publicly contradict the Church on matters of human sexuality including marriage, abortion, contraception, and pornography. 

You can read the whole statement yourself right here. It is magnificent. I agree with it 100% and I suspect you do as well. 

I'm glad that Archbishop Cordileone refused to back down from these reforms just because those lawmakers didn't like it. 

But here's where it gets worse: Two of those same lawmakers aren't willing to settle for persuasion.

They want to use the long arm of the law to bring the Church to her knees. 

CA Assemblymembers Phil Ting and Kevin Mullen are calling on the California Legislature to launch an investigation into the 'working conditions' at high schools run by the Archdiocese of San Francisco. 

This is a naked attack on the Catholic Church and all of our First Amendment religious rights.

Already over 15,000 Catholics have stood up for Archbishop Cordileone. They signed our letter of support and pledge of prayer for this courageous shepherd! 

Believe me, other politicians are watching this showdown. Can they attack the Church with impunity? Or will the Catholic faithful push back and fight for their Church? 

Can I add your name to our letter of support for Archbishop Cordileone?

Brian Burch 

P.S. Did you know the name “Cordileone” means “heart of a lion?” That’s a perfect way to describe a bishop who is courageous like a lion, with a servant’s heart! 

P.P.S. Do you live in California? Then please call these lawmakers and tell them to stop their attacks. Get the phone numbers here.