Cordially invited by HBO, I attended the premiere and after party of the 5th and final season of their Golden Globe awarded show, Boardwalk Empire, held at the Ziegfeld theater and Cipriani restaurant in New York on September 3rd.
Set during 1920′-30′s Prohibition in New Jersey, the series follows, Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi), an Atlantic County treasurer who gains power and status through his corrupt political ties, mob relations, racketeering and bootlegging. Over time his unethical and unorthodox tactics eventually lead Nucky to become Atlantic City’s most prominent figure, controlling much of the area, all while trying to maintain a man of the people persona. Vincent Piazza, Kelly MacDonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael K Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Laciura, Paul Sparks, Gretchen Mol, Jack Huston and Patricia Arquette round out this all star cast.
Based off of the New York Times Bestseller by Nelson Johnson; ”Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City”, chronicling the real life Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson; Enoch Lewis ‘Nucky’ Johnson. Created by Terence Winter, Emmy winning writer of The Sopranos along with heavy hitter executive producers; Academy award winning Director, Martin Scorsese, Howard Korder, Stephen Levinson, Timothy Van Patten and Marl Wahlberg at the helm you can see why this is one of HBO’s most watched programs of 7.5 million viewers.
One of the best periodic dramas to hit the screen, Boardwalk Empire will leave a irreplaceable mark that will be missed by millions.
Boardwalk Empire season 5 aired on Sunday September 7th. Only eight episodes left, catch the 1st episode on HBO on demand and the remaining series on Sunday at 9PM EST on HBO.
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TK Wonder, Maxwell, Christina Jackson aka Maybelle White on Boardwalk Empire Questlove My favorite photo of the night Jeffrey Wright; "Dr. Narcisse" on Boardwalk Empire