Thursday, June 07, 2007

"The Pirate Queen" says goodbye

Even with a creative team that is legendary for Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, it was announced that The Pirate Queen will close June 17 after only 85 performances (insert "sinking ship" joke here). Those who invested in the show are going to take a pretty big hit as the show cost $16 million to bring to Broadway. The show stars Stephanie J. Block (she performed the role of "Elphaba" in Tampa during the first national tour of Wicked a couple years ago) as "Grace O'Malley."

It is also being reported that with the closing of The Pirate Queen, the Hilton Theatre might be the home of the new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein. The show is scheduled to open in the fall after a brief pre-Broadway engagement in Seattle.

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