The Pirate Queen [Original Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Pirate Queen was a stage musical presented by the production team behind Riverdance, who commissioned Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, the French songwriters of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. The show, which ran on Broadway for an unsuccessful ten-and-a-half weeks between April 5 and June 17, 2007, was what perhaps might have been expected from such a pairing, a production celebrating the life of "legendary Irish Chieftain Grace O'Malley" and detailing her activities as a pirate as well as her personal life, with a lot of room for high-stepping dance numbers. As they had in their commercial successes, Schönberg and Boublil took hold of a historical ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Pirate Queen was a stage musical presented by the production team behind Riverdance, who commissioned Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, the French songwriters of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. The show, which ran on Broadway for an unsuccessful ten-and-a-half weeks between April 5 and June 17, 2007, was what perhaps might have been expected from such a pairing, a production celebrating the life of "legendary Irish Chieftain Grace O'Malley" and detailing her activities as a pirate as well as her personal life, with a lot of room for high-stepping dance numbers. As they had in their commercial successes, Schönberg and Boublil took hold of a historical period and then focused in on romantic melodrama. Boublil, assisted by co-lyricist John Dempsey and co-lyricist/co-librettist Richard Malty, Jr., turned O'Malley into a proto-feminist, even drawing in an eventually sympathetic Queen Elizabeth I. Less politically correct than simply pandering, however, the lyrics never became sufficiently particular to make the story more than the contrasting simplistic pronouncements of generalized characters. In their past efforts, Schönberg sometimes had rescued Boublil and his English-speaking assistants by providing music that was moving no matter what trivialities the singers were given to mouth, but here, attempting to sprinkle in unfamiliar Celtic and Elizabethan elements, he seemed to have lost his gift for melody much of the time, not even managing to come up with a couple of the adult contemporary American Idol-style power ballads that were his métier. He did provide plenty of what was in essence underscoring to recitative, but little in the way of memorable music. The cast, led by Stephanie J. Block, seemed at a loss how to perform the largely inert musical material and took a professional, but uninvolved approach. The result was a theatrical disaster that found few defenders and even fewer paying customers during its brief run.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2007
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886971181029
  • Catalog Number: 711810

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (2:59)
  2. 2 The Pirate Queen (1:44)
  3. 3 Woman (2:43)
  4. 4 My Grace (3:25)
  5. 5 Here on This Night (3:05)
  6. 6 The Waking of the Queen (1:51)
  7. 7 Rah-Rah, Tip-Top (3:12)
  8. 8 The Choice Is Mine (4:03)
  9. 9 Boys'll Be Boys (3:22)
  10. 10 The Wedding (3:13)
  11. 11 I'll Be There (3:16)
  12. 12 A Day Beyond Belclare (3:13)
  13. 13 Sail to the Stars (3:11)
  14. 14 Entr'acte (1:51)
  15. 15 Enemy at Port Side (1:11)
  16. 16 I Dismiss You (2:51)
  17. 17 If I Said I Loved You (3:25)
  18. 18 The Role of the Queen (3:43)
  19. 19 The Christening (0:17)
  20. 20 Let a Father Stand by His Son (4:16)
  21. 21 Surrender (2:26)
  22. 22 She Who Has All (3:52)
  23. 23 The Sea of Life (3:02)
  24. 24 Woman to Woman (4:03)
  25. 25 Finale (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff McCarthy Vocals
Steve Roberts Banjo
Frank Pagano Bodhran
Dave Roth Percussion
Aine Ui Cheallaigh Vocals
Liz Knowles Fiddle
Michael Roberts Electric Bass
Brian Connor Piano
Kenneth Edge Clarinet
William Youmans Vocals
Julian Kelly Conductor
Stephanie J. Block Vocals
Jeff Nelsen Horn
Kirsten Agresta Harp
Joshua Rosenblum Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Alain Boublil Producer, Audio Production
Claude-Michel Schönberg Producer, Audio Production
Ray Staff Mastering
Pete Karam Engineer
John McColgan Producer
Julian Kelly Musical Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mezmerizing

    At first listening, it seemed Schönberg and Boublil must be slumming. But upon subsequent, more focused listenings, I have been called back to this quietly magical piece like the sweet peelings of a chapel bell. Its strength lies in the lack of instantly memorable selections …. one is forced to listen to the entire piece as an "organic unit". And like the gentle undulations of a lover's body reclining at one's side, the score often lays in beautiful repose, recoiling warmly at the slightest touch of emotion to reveal surprises that make you believe "I have found THE one".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    eh......

    I must say that I was extremely dissapointed in this show. I go to school for architecture and hope to some day work in stage set design for theatre, and I must say that the set was stunning. But the show itself was lacking so many things. The music was very good, a little too many songs were blended together and there wasn't enough roomm in between each one for aplause and as a dramatic oeretta musical, the show was lacking every bit of emotion. In fact, I even rolled my eyes during some parts, where as in Les Mis I cried through the entire show. It's stange, I still enjoyed the show, but I wish there was much more to it than a lot of L-A-M-E!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sail on Pirate Queen

    I saw the show twice! The music is amazing. I recommend this to all fans of musical theatre. Stephanie J. Block, Marcus, Hadely, Linda and the enitre cast are amazing. Get the CD you'll be glad you did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very talented cast!

    It is a wonderful cd to own if you love epic musicals. I saw the show and it has such an amazing cast who poured their hearts out to us at the Hilton Theatre. I hate to see the show end, but here is the cast recording that I've long been waiting for. If you don't know the show and not sure if you'd like it, borrow it from a friend or listen to the sample clips. You can't go wrong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it!

    I saw this show when it was in preview in Chicago before it ever went to New York. The show underwent many changes before it opened in New York, but I loved every minute of the show I saw. From the very first notes in the overture to the last song, I felt swept away to Ireland. If you like Celtic music and love stories, then this is a wonderful CD for you to own.

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    Posted May 5, 2009

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