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   Features  >  LATEST NEW YORK NEWS

 
THE PIRATE QUEEN
at the Hilton Theatre

ABANDON SHIP
By R. B. Harris
Published June 5 2007

  Stephanie J. Block/Ph: Joan Marcus

We can't really say we're surprised that The Pirate Queen is calling it quits on June 17, after 85 performances and 32 previews. at the Hilton Theatre.

The Alain Boublil-Claude-Michel Schonberg musical didn't exactly get an overwhelming endorsement from the New York critical fraternity. The reviews, in fact, were quite brutal. And the necessary antidote to such bad press, namely, great word of mouth, never materialized. Maybe it had something to do with that Riverdance element to the production. As our Theaternewsonline reviewer David Lefkowitz pointed out,"The silliness starts early, what with pirates taking the stage, pounding their oars on the floor and launching into a jig. Were this a musicalization of Pirates of the Caribbean, or a more whimsical/spoofy piece, the oar-smacking might set off a knee-slapping good time."

Whatever the case, producers Moya Doherty and John McColgan stated, "We are proud of The Pirate Queen and the talented cast and creative team that has brought this epic musical to Broadway. It is a joy working with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, who have created a timeless, classic score for a great theater piece. We are also pleased to report that there is international interest in Pirate Queen productions. Plans for a European-English production are underway and will be announced in the near future."

Along with Boublil and Schonberg, the creative team includes Richard Maltby Jr., who co-wrote the book with Boublil and Schonberg and co-wrote lyrics with Boublil and John Dempsey. Musical staging is by Graciela Daniele; Carole Leavy Joyce created the Irish choreography of the show. Mark Dendy added choreography, too.

The legendary Pirate Queen-Grace O'Malley- is played by Stephanie J. Block. Hadley Fraser is her love interest. Jeff McCarthy is her father, the chieftain Dubhdara. Linda Balgord plays Queen Elizabeth I. In all, there are 42 cast members.

The original Broadway cast recording will be released on July 3. A collectible right off the bat.

 

 


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