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    Stephanie J. Block Is The Pirate Queen;
    New Show By Les Miz Writers Sets Sail in Fall
    By Kenneth Jones
    12 May 2006

    Stephanie J. Block
    photo by Aubrey Reuben
    Stephanie J. Block, Linda Balgord, Hadley Fraser and Jeff McCarthy will play principal roles in The Pirate Queen, the new musical by the creators of and Miss Saigon.

    Riverdream, made up of the creators and producers of Riverdance, announced the casting May 12. More casting will be announced in the future. Riverdream presents the pre-Broadway world-premiere engagement of The Pirate QueenThe Boy From Oz and Elphaba in the national tour of Wicked, plays the title character, Grania, aka Grace O'Malley.
    According to the producers, "The Pirate Queen is based on the real-life story of the legendary Irish pirate chieftain, Grace O'Malley, who led an extraordinary life as a pirate, chieftain, lover and mother in 16th century Ireland."
    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."
    At the heart of The Pirate Queen "is the story of a compelling, inspirational woman, a heroine for her time and for all time," according to the producers. "This is an Irish story with a universal appeal." The Pirate Queen will open on Broadway in the 2006-2007 season.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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