New Broadway Musical The Pirate Queen Sails Away June 17

News   New Broadway Musical The Pirate Queen Sails Away June 17 The producers of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's new musical The Pirate Queen announced June 5 that the multi-million dollar show will end its Broadway run June 17.
Stephanie J. Block as Grace O'Malley.
Stephanie J. Block as Grace O'Malley. Photo by Joan Marcus

"We are proud of The Pirate Queen and the talented cast and creative team that has brought this epic musical to Broadway," producers Moya Doherty and John McColgan said in the announcement. "We are also pleased to report that there is international interest in Pirate Queen productions. Plans for a European English-language production are underway and will be announced in the near future."

The windswept romantic epic at the Hilton Theatre was directed by Tony winner Frank Galati (The Grapes of Wrath) and opened on Broadway April 5 following previews from March 6. Upon closing, it will have played 85 performances and 32 previews.

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The songwriter-storytellers Boublil and Schönberg (Les Miz) partner with their Miss Saigon collaborator Richard Maltby Jr., who co-wrote the Pirate Queen book with Boublil and Schönberg, and co-wrote lyrics with Boublil and John Dempsey (Witches of Eastwick). Music is by Schönberg.

Commissioned and produced by Doherty and McColgan, The Pirate Queen, according to the creators, "combines classic storytelling with a sweeping score and joyous dancing to celebrate the real-life story of legendary Irish chieftain Grace O'Malley: a compelling, inspiring heroine who led an extraordinary life as a pirate, chieftain, lover and mother in 16th-century Ireland. To protect her people and save her one true love, O'Malley must confront the one woman more powerful than her — her fierce rival, Queen Elizabeth I of England." Stephanie J. Block (The Boy From Oz, Wicked) plays the title character, and British actor Hadley Fraser is her love interest, Tiernan. Jeff McCarthy (Urinetown) is Grace's father, the revered chieftain Dubhdara.

The cast of 42 also includes Linda Balgord (Queen Elizabeth I), Marcus Chait (Donal), William Youmans (Bingham), Nick Adams, Richard Todd Adams, Caitlin Allen, Sean Beglan, Timothy W. Bish, Jerad Bortz, Troy Edward Bowles, Grady McLeod Bowman, Rachel Bress, Don Brewer, Kimilee Bryant, Alexis Ann Carra, Noelle Curran, Bobbie Ann Dunn, Brooke Elliott, Christopher Garbrecht, Eric Hatch, Cristin J. Hubbard, David Koch, Timothy Kochka, Jamie LaVerdiere, Joseph Mahowald, Tokiko Masuda, Padraic Moyles, Brian O'Brien, Kyle James O'Connor, Michael James Scott, Greg Stone, Katie E. Tomlinson, Daniel Torres, Aine Ui Cheallaigh, Kathy Voytko (the standby for Grace), Jennifer Waiser, Jeff Williams, Briana Yacavone.

The two boys who share the role of "Eoin" are Justin Fernandez and Christopher Grey Misa.

Masterworks Broadway will release the original Broadway cast recording of the score July 3 — the same Hal Leonard will also release The Pirate Queen songbook.

Musical staging is by Graciela Daniele, who was brought onto the project after the fall 2006 Chicago world premiere. Carol Leavy Joyce created the show's Irish choreography. Mark Dendy is credited with additional choreography.

The creative team features Julian Kelly (orchestrator, vocal arranger and musical supervisor and director); three-time Tony Award-winner Eugene Lee (scenic designer), two-time Tony winner Martin Pakledinaz (costume designer), Kenneth Posner (lighting designer), Jonathan Deans (sound designer), J. Steven White (fight director), Paul Rubin (aerial design), Paul Huntley (wig design), Angelina Avallone (make-up design), Howard Werner (projection design), Greg Meeh (special effects), Tara Young (associate director), Tara Rubin Casting (casting), Rachel Bress (associate choreographer), Peter Lamb (production manager).

Frank Scardino, Theatre Production Group LLC, is the general manager. Edgar Dobie is the executive producer.

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (212) 307-4100 or at the Hilton Theatre box office (213 W. 42nd Street).

For more information, visit www.ThePirateQueen.com.

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