Maltby and Daniele Join Pirate Queen Team; Musical Will Now Begin Previews March 6

News   Maltby and Daniele Join Pirate Queen Team; Musical Will Now Begin Previews March 6 Broadway veterans Richard Maltby, Jr. and Graciela Daniele have officially joined the creative team of the Broadway-bound musical The Pirate Queen.
Richard Maltby Jr.
Richard Maltby Jr. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

According to a statement from the production, Daniele will oversee musical staging, while Maltby, Jr. will work with the writing team on book and lyrics. The musical — penned by Les Miz and Miss Saigon creators Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg — ends its out-of-town tryout at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre Nov. 26.

Pirate Queen — under the direction of Frank Galati — will arrive at Broadway's Hilton Theatre March 6, 2007, four days later than originally announced. The official opening remains set for April 5.

Maltby won his Tony in 1978 for Best Direction of a Musical (Ain't Misbehavin'), and was Tony nommed for Best Score for Big, Nick & Nora, Song and Dance, Miss Saigon and Baby, and for the direction of Fosse, Baby, Song and Dance and Blood Knot.

Graciela Daniele was the choreographer and director of Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life. She also directed and choreographed Marie Christine, Annie Get Your Gun, Ragtime and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. She is the recipient of ten Tony Award nominations.

The Pirate Queen's cast of 42 includes Stephanie J. Block as Grace O'Malley. According to the producers, "The Pirate Queen is an epic musical adventure celebrating the legendary Irish Chieftain Grace O'Malley. Based on her real-life story, The Pirate Queen tells of a compelling, inspirational woman; a heroine who led an extraordinary life as a pirate, chieftain, lover and mother in 16th century Ireland."

Commissioned and produced by Riverdance's Moya Doherty and John McColgan, "this new musical combines classic storytelling and a sweeping score, with the powerful, vibrant traditions of Irish dance and song, to create a modern musical event that is both an historic romance and a timeless epic."

The Pirate Queen is based upon the novel "Grania-She King of the Irish Seas" by Morgan Llywelyn.

For more information, visit www.thepiratequeen.com.

Stephanie J. Block (Above) and Jeff McCarthy (Below) lead the ensemble in <i>The Pirate Queen</i>
Stephanie J. Block (Above) and Jeff McCarthy (Below) lead the ensemble in The Pirate Queen Photo by Joan Marcus