Pre-Sale for Broadway Run of Pirate Queen Begins Sept. 20; NYC Dates Shift

News   Pre-Sale for Broadway Run of Pirate Queen Begins Sept. 20; NYC Dates Shift Tickets for the Broadway production of the swashbuckling epic musical romance The Pirate Queen, by the men who wrote Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, go on sale to American Express cardholders Sept. 20.

New dates have been announced for the Broadway bow of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Irish-flavored show: Previews will begin March 2, 2007 (rather than Feb. 23), opening April 5 (rather than March 22) at the Hilton Theatre.

The world premiere engagement plays Chicago Oct. 3-Nov. 26.

Broadway tickets will be available exclusively to American Express Card members beginning Sept. 20 online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100.

The general public on-sale date will be announced shortly.

The Pirate Queen is produced by Riverdream's Moya Doherty and John McColgan. "The Pirate Queen is an epic musical adventure celebrating the legendary Irish Chieftain Grace O'Malley," according to the producers. "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 Moya Doherty and John McColgan, the producers of Riverdance, 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 cast of 40 is led by Stephanie J. Block (as chieftain Grace O'Malley), Hadley Fraser (Tiernan), Linda Balgord (Queen Elizabeth I), Marcus Chait (Donal), Jeff McCarthy (Dubhdara) and William Youmans (Bingham).

The new musical is directed by Tony Award-winner Frank Galati (The Grapes of Wrath).

John Dempsey (Witches of Eastwick) co-wrote the lyrics.

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

Ticket prices range from $51.25 to $111.25 (including $1.25 facility fee).

On Broadway, The Pirate Queen will play Tuesday–Saturday at 8 PM with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. There will not be matinee performances on Wednesday, March 7 and 14. Please check www.ThePirateQueen.com for the preview performance schedule.

For tickets for the world premiere engagement at the Chicago Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 West Randolph Street), call the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400 or visit Ticketmaster ticket centers or ticketmaster.com. Windy City prices range $28-$85.

For more information, visit www.ThePirateQueen.com.