A Wet Beginning

13th April 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Stage summarises the situation of the Broadway musical, The Pirate Queen, which was created by the Riverdance originators, Moya Doherty and John McColgan.

Based on the life of the 16th-century pirate, Grace O’Malley, the production cost approximately $20 million to stage, and opened to poor reviews from the theatre critics, like this notice from the New York Times, which dubbed it “Oceandance, with Swordplay”.

The Stage estimates that to recoup its investment “it would need to play to full houses at the 1,800-seat Hilton Theatre for three to four years.”

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