Hilton Theatre, (4/05/2007 - 6/17/2007)

First Preview: Mar 06, 2007
Opening Date: Apr 05, 2007
Closing Date: Jun 17, 2007
Total Previews: 32
Total Performances: 85

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: Ireland and England in the 16th Century

Opening Night Production Staff

Produced by Riverdream, Moya Doherty and John McColgan; Associate Producer: Dancap Productions, Inc.

Book by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Richard Maltby, Jr.; Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey; Music orchestrated by Julian Kelly; Musical Director: Julian Kelly; Based upon the novel, "Grania - She King of the Irish Seas" by Morgan Llywelyn; Vocal arrangements by Julian Kelly; Associate Musical Dir.: Brian Connor

Directed by Frank Galati; Irish Dance Choreographer: Carol Leavy Joyce; Associate Choreographer: Rachel Bress; Musical Staging by Graciela Daniele; Associate Director: Tara Young; Additional choreography by Mark Dendy

Scenic Design by Eugene Lee; Costume Design by Martin Pakledinaz; Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner; Sound Design by Jonathan Deans; Aerial Sequence Design: Paul Rubin; Hair Design by Paul Huntley; Make-Up Design by Angelina Avallone; Associate Scenic Design: Edward Pierce; Associate Costume Design: MaryAnn D. Smith; Associate Lighting Design: Philip Rosenberg and Patricia Nichols; Moving Light Programmer: David Arch

Executive Producer (Development): Ronan Smith; Executive Producer: Edgar Dobie; General Manager: Theatre Production Group; Company Manager: Jim Brandeberry

Production Manager: Peter W. Lamb; Production Stage Manager: C. Randall White; Stage Manager: Kathleen E. Purvis

Musical Supervisor: Julian Kelly; Conducted by Julian Kelly; Keyboard 1: Brian Connor; Keyboard 2: Joshua Rosenblum; Fiddle/Violin: Liz Knowles; Uilleann Pipes/Whistles: Kieran O'Hare; Soprano Sax/Clarinet: Kenneth Edge; Horn: Jeff Nelsen; Harp/Gaelic Harp: Kirsten Agresta; Guitars/Banjo: Steve Roberts; Electric Bass: Michael Pearce; Percussion: Dave Roth; Drums/Bodhran: Frank Pagano; Musical Coordinator: Sam Lutfiyya and Music Services International; Electronic Music Programmer: Brett Alan Sommer and Jim Harp; Music Copying and Preparation: Hotstave, Ltd.

Special Effects Design: Greg Meeh

Casting: Tara Rubin Casting; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Fight direction by J. Steven White; Dance Captain: Rachel Bress; Marketing: TMG - The Marketing Group; Artistic Director: John McColgan; Fight Captain: Timothy W. Bish; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Stephanie J. BlockGrace (Grania) O'Malley
Hadley FraserTiernan
Linda BalgordQueen Elizabeth I
Marcus ChaitDonal O'Flaherty
Jeff McCarthyDubhdara
William YoumansSir Richard Bingham
Nick AdamsEnsemble
Richard Todd AdamsEnsemble
Caitlin AllenEnsemble
Steven Barath
Replaced Justin Fernandez in previews
Eoin
Alternate
Sean BeglanEnsemble
Jerad BortzEnsemble
Troy Edward BowlesEnsemble
Grady McLeod BowmanEnsemble
Alexis Ann CarraEnsemble
Áine Uí CheallaighEvleen
Noelle CurranEnsemble
Bobbie Ann DunnEnsemble
Brooke ElliottMajella
Ensemble
Christopher GarbrechtEnsemble
Eric HatchEnsemble
Cristin J. HubbardEnsemble
David KochEnsemble
Timothy KochkaEnsemble
Jamie LaVerdiereEnsemble
Joseph MahowaldChieftain O'Flaherty
Ensemble
Tokiko MasudaEnsemble
Christopher Grey MisaEoin
Alternate
Padraic MoylesEnsemble
Brian O'BrienEnsemble
Kyle James O'ConnorEnsemble
Michael James ScottEnsemble
Greg StoneEnsemble
Katie Erin TomlinsonEnsemble
Daniel TorresEnsemble
Jennifer WaiserEnsemble
Briana YacavoneEnsemble

Swings: Timothy W. Bish, Rachel Bress, Don Brewer and Kimilee Bryant

Standby: Kathy Voytko (Grace (Grania) O'Malley)

Understudies: Richard Todd Adams (Donal O'Flaherty, Sir Richard Bingham), Kimilee Bryant (Majella, Queen Elizabeth I), Brooke Elliott (Evleen), Christopher Garbrecht (Dubhdara), Cristin J. Hubbard (Queen Elizabeth I), Jamie LaVerdiere (Tiernan), Joseph Mahowald (Dubhdara, Sir Richard Bingham), Greg Stone (Tiernan), Katie Erin Tomlinson (Grace (Grania) O'Malley) and Daniel Torres (Donal O'Flaherty)

Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Award

 2007 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Linda Balgord

Songs

ACT 1 Sung By
Prologue
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley and Tiernan
The Pirate Queen
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Dubhdara, Tiernan, Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Evleen, Oarsmen and Company
Woman
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley
The Storm
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Company
My Grace
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Dubhdara and Grace (Grania) O'Malley
Here on This Night
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Tiernan and Crew
The First Battle
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Tiernan, Dubhdara and Company
The Waking of the Queen
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Queen Elizabeth I and Ladies-in-Waiting
Rah-Rah, Tip-Top
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Richard Bingham and Lords and Ladies-in-Waiting
The Choice Is Mine
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Dubhdara, Chieftain O'Flaherty, Tiernan, Donal O'Flaherty and Company
The Bride's Song
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Evleen and Women
Boys'll Be Boys
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Donal O'Flaherty and Mates and Barmaids
The Wedding
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Tiernan, Donal O'Flaherty, Dubhdara, Chieftain O'Flaherty, Evleen and Company
I'll Be There
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Tiernan
Boys'll Be Boys (Reprise)
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Donal O'Flaherty, Mates, Grace (Grania) O'Malley and Chieftain O'Flaherty
Trouble at Rockfleet
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Tiernan, Donal O'Flaherty, Sir Richard Bingham and Company
A Day Beyond Belclare
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Tiernan, Donal O'Flaherty and Company
Go Serve Your Queen
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Richard Bingham
Dubhdara's Farewell
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Dubhdara and Grace (Grania) O'Malley
Sail to the Stars
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Tiernan, Donal O'Flaherty, Evleen and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
It's a Boy
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Tiernan, Donal O'Flaherty, Evleen, Majella and Sailors
Enemy at Port Side
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Tiernan, Donal O'Flaherty, Evleen, Majella and Sailors
I Dismiss You
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Donal O'Flaherty and Sailors
If I Said I Loved You
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Tiernan and Grace (Grania) O'Malley
The Role of the Queen
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Richard Bingham and Lords and Ladies-in-Waiting
The Christening
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Evleen, Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Tiernan and Company
Let a Father Stand By His Son
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Donal O'Flaherty, Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Sir Richard Bingham, Tiernan, Evleen and Company
Surrender
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Sir Richard Bingham, Tiernan, Queen Elizabeth I and Company
She Who Has All
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Queen Elizabeth I, Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Tiernan, Sir Richard Bingham and Company
Lament
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Majella, Eoin and Company
The Sea of Life
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley and Company
Terra Marique Potens
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Queen Elizabeth I, Grace (Grania) O'Malley and Sir Richard Bingham
Woman to Woman
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Queen Elizabeth I, Grace (Grania) O'Malley and Company
Behind the Screen
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Company
Grace's Exit
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Queen Elizabeth I, Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Sir Richard Bingham and Company
Here on This Night/Finale
(lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey)
Grace (Grania) O'Malley, Tiernan and Company

Reviews


AP: "The Pirate Queen sinks Grace O'Malley"

According to "The Pirate Queen," 16th-century Irish heroine Grace O'Malley was quite a spirited and accomplished lass: as a mere slip of a girl saving a storm-tossed vessel from shipwreck, later fighting and besting the British in naval battles and finally going one-an-one with Queen Elizabeth I to lift the fortunes of the Irish people.

Yet even Grace is defeated by this eamest musical adaptation of her life story, a stilted history pageant that is long on looks but woefully short on emotional engagement. The lavish production, which opened Thursday at Broadway's Hilton Theatre, telescopes the woman's life into a series of dramatic tableaux that are underlined by a bombastic score courtesy of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, the duo who gave us "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon."

Unfortunately, the music for "The Pirate Queen" is closer in quality to the team's "Martin Guerre," a morose show that never got to New York from London. And the plot of the "The Pirate Queen" is equally dreary despite its evocative nautical settings and lovely glimpses of the Irish coast. These designs are the expert work of Eugene Lee, the man who created the gargantuan world of Oz for "Wicked."

In fact, "Wicked" is another show "The Pirate Queen" evokes. Like Elphaba and Glinda in that hit musical, we are in the presence of two strong women, Grace, portrayed by a game Stephanie J. Block, and Elizabeth, brought to life in all her imperial glory by Linda Balgord.

It's their eventual meeting, late in Act 2, and forging of friendship that finally shakes the musical out of its slumber, injecting a bit of feminist dramatic tension into formulaic storytelling.

Until then, we are stuck with a dutiful unfolding of Grace's life and her involvement with a trio of men. The tale has been stitched together by Boublil, Schonberg and Richard Maltby Jr., the latter brought in after the show's Chicago tryout last fall.

There's Grace's kindly father (the always reliable Jeff McCarthy), who, at first, resists her refusal to stay at home and her desire go to sea.

Then there's her one true love, Tiernan, played by a boyish Hadley Fraser, the man she doesn't marry, but who nevertheless pledges eternal devotion. Fraser possesses one of those booming voices, just right for "I'll Be There," the show's most insistent anthem. It's hard to believe that the musical's elemental, simplistic lyrics are the work of three people - Boublil, Maltby and John Dempsey.

Finally, there is Donal O'Flaherty, the man Grace does marry to unite two rival clans. He's a chauvinistic pig and a traitor, too, but at least in Marcus Chait's snarling performance he sneers with a robust theatricality.

The show's producers, Moya Doherty and John McColgan, are best known for "Riverdance," but the Irish-style dancing for which that fabulously successful troupe is famous is kept to a minimum here. Director Frank Galati has had an assist from Graciela Daniele with the show's musical staging.

To its credit, "The Pirate Queen" strives for a certain authenticity. Carol Leavy Joyce is billed as the show's Irish dance choreographer and some of the numbers, particularly a wedding dance, lift the musical's sagging story.

Like Grace, Balgord's Queen Elizabeth faces similar obstacles because of her sex - and triumphs in spite of them. Yet her main opponent, Sir Richard Bingham, is almost played for laughs, particularly in William Youmans' caricature of a performance.

Balgord has considerable stage presence and a voice able to negotiate even the most difficult of melodies. The actress is decked out in some of designer Martin Pakledinaz's most opulent costumes, a different and more elaborate outfit for every entrance.

Yet in the end, "The Pirate Queen" remains a dry history lesson, a musical that presents the past in such a perfunctory manner that Grace O'Malley sinks in a sea of ordinary.


AP
04/05/2007

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Hilton Theatre

(4/5/2007 - 6/17/2007)

Cast

Justin Fernandez
Eoin Was replaced in previews


Swings: Jeff Williams (Chieftain O'Flaherty).

Understudies: Jeff Williams (Chieftain O'Flaherty).


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