Aaaarrr! The Pirate Queen Begins Pre-Broadway Chicago Run Oct. 3

News   Aaaarrr! The Pirate Queen Begins Pre-Broadway Chicago Run Oct. 3
The Pirate Queen, the swashbuckling epic musical romance by the men who wrote Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, will begin a Chicago tryout run on Oct. 3.
Stephanie J. Block stars in The Pirate Queen.
Stephanie J. Block stars in The Pirate Queen.

The musical is scheduled to arrive on Broadway March 2, 2007, opening April 5, at the Hilton Theatre. The show will stay at Chicago's Cadillac Theatre until Nov. 26. 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.

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 Windy City prices range $28-$85.

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Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Sch
Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Sch
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