Photo Coverage: The Pirate Queen Opening Night

The new Boublil and Schönberg musical The Pirate Queen, starring Stephanie J. Block as the swashbuckling title character, opened at the Hilton Theatre (213 W. 42nd St.) on April 5th after beginning previews on March 6th.

The Pirate Queen "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," state press notes.  The show stars Block, Linda Balgord, Hadley Fraser, Jeff McCarthy, William Youmans and Marcus Chait.

The show, was written by: Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, and commissioned and produced by Moya Doherty and John McColgan, the producers of Riverdance. The new musical is directed by Tony Award-winner Frank Galati with musical staging by Graciela Daniele.

The creative team also includes John Dempsey (Witches of Eastwick) who has co-written the lyrics; Richard Maltby, Jr., (Miss Saigon, co-lyricist; Ain't Misbehavin', conceived/direction), who worked with the writing team on book and lyrics.  JulIan Kelly, orchestrator, vocal arranger and musical supervisor and director; three-time Tony Award-winner Eugene Lee (Wicked), who sets the scene from the deck of the ship which Grace captains, to the court of Queen Elizabeth I where the two remarkable women once met; two-time Tony Award-winner Martin Pakledinaz (Kiss Me, Kate) designing the costumes; four-time Tony nominee Kenneth Posner (Wicked) creating the lighting design; Jonathan Deans (Ragtime) creating the sound design.

Visit www.thepiratequeen.com for tickets and more information on the show.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Arrivals

 


John McColgan


John McColgan and Moya Doherty


Martin Pakledinaz


Dee Hoty


Hannah Storm


Dan Hicks and Hannah Storm


Hannah Storm


Gabriel Byrne


Gabriel Byrne and guest


Joan Allen


Josh Stolz and Joan Allen


Mark Morris


Patrick Wilson


Patrick Wilson


Patrick Wilson


Fran Drescher


Fran Drescher

Curtain call


Ensemble




William Youmans


William Youmans


Jeff McCarthy


Marcus Chait


Linda Balgord


Linda Balgord


Linda Balgord


Hadley Fraser


Hadley Fraser


Stephanie J. Block


Stephanie J. Block


Stephanie J. Block


Stephanie J. Block


Stephanie J. Block and Linda Balgord


Jeff McCarthy, Hadley Fraser, Stephanie J. Block, Linda Balgord, Marcus Chait and William Youmans


Jeff McCarthy, Hadley Fraser, Stephanie J. Block, Linda Balgord, Marcus Chait and William Youmans


Jeff McCarthy, Hadley Fraser, Stephanie J. Block and Linda Balgord


Jeff McCarthy, Hadley Fraser, Stephanie J. Block and Linda Balgord

Post-show cast photo op


Frank Galati, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg


Richard Maltby Jr.


Steven Barath


Jeff McCarthy


William Youmans


Jeff McCarthy and William Youmans


Linda Balgord


Linda Balgord


Hadley Fraser


Marcus Chait


Marcus Chait, Linda Balgord and Hadley Fraser


Stephanie J. Block


Stephanie J. Block


Stephanie J. Block and Hadley Fraser


Linda Balgord and Stephanie J. Block


Linda Balgord, Alain Boublil and Stephanie J. Block


Stephanie J. Block and fiance Sebastian Arcelus


Sebastian Arcelus and Stephanie J. Block

 

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 

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