Musical (2007)

Musique: Claude-Michel Schonberg
Paroles: Alain Boublil • Claude-Michel Schonberg
Livret: Alain Boublil • Claude-Michel Schonberg
Production à la création:

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Acte I
The Prologue begins with a silhouette of a woman at the wheel of a ship. She is Grace O'Malley. When the curtain rises we see that she is a young woman, merely pretending. A young man enters, and Grace hides from him. He is Tiernan, her childhood friend. They begin to swordfight until they get too close. They begin to kiss passionately.
The musical opens in Clew Bay, on the launching of Clan O'Malley's newest ship, The Pirate Queen, captained by Chieftain Dubhdara O'Malley. We see Grace, Chief Dubhdara's daughter, who begs to be allowed to be a sailor on the Pirate Queen's maiden voyage. When he denies her, she laments to Tiernan about the restraints of being a woman during this time. At a time when women on a ship are considered to bring bad luck, she decides to hide among the crew disguised as a boy. When disaster subsequently strikes on the high seas, she proves her mettle and earns her place as one of the ship's crew.
Ecstatic that she can stay on board, Grace and Tiernan promise each other that they will marry. Clan O'Malley goes about its business of pirating the seas and encounters the British War ship. During this battle Grace shows her bravery and leadership when she single-handedly saves her fathers life, and kills the English Captain. This action causes Dubhdara to decide to make her the captain of the Pirate Queen. He says, "You, Grace, are the Pirate Queen". Grania becomes famous and feared as a proud defender of her country. In England, Queen Elizabeth I and her confidante, Lord Richard Bingham, weigh the news of this formidable woman. Elizabeth considers herself Queen of Ireland and will have no rival, least of all a woman! She orders Grace O'Malley destroyed.
Ireland finds itself in turmoil. As England's oppression grows, warring Irish clans are forced to unite. Clans O'Flaherty and O'Malley meet and decide to join together. Although Grace is still in love with Tiernan, she is to be married to Donal O'Flaherty, heir to Clan O'Flaherty, as a way to unite the clans. Tiernan is heartbroken at the news. Grace is equally devastated that she must give up everything she has fought for: Tiernan and the Sea. Nevertheless she accepts it as her duty to her country, and accepts the marriage union. She and Donal are married. Tiernan soliloquises on his continuing love for Grace, and vows to always be her protector.
Donal proves himself to be a womanising, cowardly scoundrel and his marriage to Grania is a stormy affair. About a year into their marriage, the English attack Rockfleet, where Grace and the rest of the Clan O'Flaherty reside, while the men were off fighting in Belclare. The women, led by Grace, defeat the English soldiers by seducing them and then killing them. However, we find out that the English also attacked Clew Bay and that Dubhdara was badly wounded by an English blade, and Grania, Donal, and the clan travel to see him before his death.
Meanwhile, Bingham returns to England, defeated and in disgrace. However, when Queen Elizabeth suggests that she may marry the man who defeats Ireland, allowing him to produce an heir, Bingham becomes determined to bring down Grace O'Malley once and for all.
On his deathbed, Dubhdara names Grace as his successor, despite the fact that she is a woman. As Dubdhara dies, Grace accepts her new role as Chieftain of the Clan O'Malley.

Acte II
Amidst continued war with the English, Grania gives birth to a son, Eoin. Donal's cowardice in one crucial battle proves the breaking point for Grania. In the tradition of the Brehon Law, she "dismisses" him publicly, officially dissolving their marriage. Tiernan and Grania privately reflect on their feelings for each other and in the end kiss and reunite. Emasculated and shamed, Donal colludes with Lord Bingham, betraying the Clan O'Malley and Ireland itself. Clew Bay is invaded. Grania is arrested. In the melee, Tiernan kills Donal and escapes with Eoin.
Seven years pass. Grania is jailed, and all of the other Irish Chieftains surrender their crowns to England. Tiernan, whose feelings for Grania have never changed, offers the English a trade - his freedom for Grania's. Elizabeth finds herself affected by this turn of events and she grants Tiernan's request. She reflects on her own life as a woman in power, as Grace, locked in prison, reflects on her life in shambles. They both conclude that it is a woman in love who has all. Grania is freed to care for her child, and Tiernan is imprisoned in her place. Reunited with her child, Grania's joy is tempered by the realisation of how Ireland has changed during her imprisonment. The country has grown desolate, her lands are ravaged, her people are hungry, and injustice reigns.
Grania takes fate into her own hands and returns to England to confront Queen Elizabeth. Granted an audience, these two powerful women - one reigning queen and another without a crown - find themselves face to face, in a private conversation unheard by eager courtiers. The most unexpected truce is hammered out between them, freeing Clew Bay from the worst of English rule. Tiernan is granted his freedom and Lord Bingham falls into disgrace.
Grania and Tiernan find themselves reunited at last. Unencumbered now by war and previous alliances, they can finally pledge themselves to each other and pray for extended peace in Ireland.

1 Pirate Queen (The) peut-être considéré comme un Flop musical

2 Pirate Queen (The) s'intéresse à un personnage historique important: Gráinne O'Malley (Femme pirate irlandaise au XVIème siècle).

3 Pirate Queen (The) s'intéresse à un événement historique important: Résistance à la conquête de l'Irlande par les anglais (Tudor)..

Basé sur le roman Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas de Morgan Llywelyn

In 2005, the show was scheduled to premiere in Chicago, and Playbill reported that Colm Wilkinson was in talks to star in the project. However, when casting was announced, Wilkinson was not included.
Towards the end of the Chicago run, Miss Saigon co-lyricist Richard Maltby, Jr. Was brought in to work with Boublil on revisions to the book and lyrics in preparation for the Broadway opening. Additionally, Graciela Daniele worked on the musical staging.
Pre-Broadway Run
The Pirate Queen debuted at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre in an out-of-town tryout on October 3, 2006, and ran through November 26, 2006.
Broadway Run
The Broadway previews began at the Foxwoods Theatre (then the Hilton Theatre) on March 6, 2007, with the opening on April 5. It closed on June 17, 2007 after 85 performances and 32 previews. Frank Galati directed, with musical staging by Graciela Daniele, Irish Dance choreography by Carol Leavy Joyce, and additional choreography by Mark Dendy. Musical direction and orchestrations were by Julian Kelly, with sets by Eugene Lee, costumes by Martin Pakledinaz and lighting by Kenneth Posner. Moya Doherty and John McColgan, creators of Riverdance, produced, with Edgar Dobie and Ronan Smith, of Doherty and McColgan's Riverdream production company, Executive Producers.
Linda Balgord received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I.
A studio recording of the original Broadway cast, produced by Masterworks Broadway, was released on July 3, 2007. The recording does not include the full score, but only highlights.

Acte I
"Prologue" - Orchestra
"The Pirate Queen" - Dubhdara and Company
"Woman" - Grace
"The Storm"† - Company
"My Grace" - Dubhdara and Grace
"Here on this Night" - Grace, Tiernan and Crew
"The First Battle"† - Company
"The Waking of the Queen" - Elizabeth and Ladies-in-Waiting
"Rah-Rah, Tip-Top" - Bingham, Elizabeth and Lords
"The Choice is Mine" - Grace and Company
"The Bride's Song"† - Grace, Evleen and Women
"Boys'll Be Boys" - Donal, Mates and Barmaids
"The Wedding" - Company
"I'll Be There" - Tiernan
"Boys'll Be Boys" (Reprise)† - Donal, Grace and O'Flaherty
"Trouble at Rockfleet"† - Grace, Tiernan, Donal and Bingham
"A Day Beyond Belclare" - Grace, Tiernan, Donal and Company
"Go Serve Your Queen"† - Elizabeth and Bingham
"Dubhdara's Farewell"† - Dubhdara and Grace
"Sail to the Stars" - Grace, Tiernan and Company

Acte II
"entracte" - Orchestra
"It's a Boy"† - Grace, Majella and Sailors
"Enemy at Port Side" - Grace, Evleen, Majella and Sailors
"I Dismiss You" - Grace, Donal and Sailors
"If I Said I Love You" - Tiernan and Grace
"The Role of the Queen" - Elizabeth and Bingham
"The Christening" - Evleen, Grace, Tiernan and Company
"Let a Father Stand by His Son" - Donal, Grace, Bingham and Company
"Surrender" - Bingham, Tiernan, Elizabeth and Company
"She Who Has All" - Elizabeth and Grace
"Lament"† - Grace, Majella, Eoin and Company
"The Sea of Life" - Grace and Company
"Terra Marique Potens"† - Elizabeth, Grace, Bingham
"Woman to Woman" - Elizabeth and Grace
"Behind the Screen"† - Company
"Grace's Exit"† - Elizabeth, Grace, Bingham and Company
"Finale" - Grace, Tiernan and Company

† Indicates songs that are not on the Original Broadway Cast Recording

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Version 1

Pirate Queen (The) (2006-10-Cadillac Palace Theatre-Chicago)

Type de série: Pre-Broasway Try Out
Théâtre: Cadillac Palace Theatre (Chicago - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 03 October 2006
Première: 03 October 2006
Dernière: 26 November 2006
Mise en scène : Frank Galati
Chorégraphie : Carol Leavy Joyce
Producteur :
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Version 2

Pirate Queen (The) (2007-04-Hilton Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Lyric Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 32 previews - 85 représentations
Première Preview : 06 March 2007
Première: 05 April 2007
Dernière: 17 June 2007
Mise en scène : Frank Galati
Chorégraphie : Carol Leavy Joyce
Producteur :
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Version 3

Pirate Queen (The) (2020-02-Coliseum Theatre-London) Concert

Type de série: Concert
Théâtre: Coliseum Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée :
Nombre : 1 représentations
Première Preview : 23 February 2020
Première: 23 February 2020
Dernière: 23 February 2020
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Rachel Tucker (Grace O'Malley), Jai McDowall (Tiernan), Matt Pagan (Donal)
Commentaires : A charity concert production with proceeds to Leukaemia UK.

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