The Pirate Queen (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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Audio CD, July 3, 2007
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The Pirate Queen, with a score by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misérables, Miss Saigon), took a critical beating when it opened on Broadway, but as this catchy cast recording demonstrates, that reception was really unnecessarily harsh. Set in the 17th century, the show (which closed after only 85 performances) tells the story of Grace OMalley (Stephanie J. Block), an Irish ship captain and pirate who defied Queen Elizabeth I (Linda Balgord). The combination of that setting with the fact that the producers also brought us Riverdance means an overall Celtic flavor. But fans of Boublil and Schönberg should not fear. The duo delivers plenty of the over-the-top, super-emotional power ballads theyre famous for--its hard not to wonder what Celine Dion would make of songs such as "Woman" or "Ill Be There" (the latter sung by a man, but no matter!). Special kudos to Balgord, whose deliciously campy stage portrayal of Elizabeth I comes across well on "The Waking of the Queen," "The Role of the Queen," and two harpsichord-driven, vibrato-laden duets with Block, "She Who Has All" and "Woman to Woman." Also of note to fans of traditional singing is the participation of Áine Uí Cheallaigh (known from Riverdance) on several tracks. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Top Customer Reviews
The Pirate Queen is based on the intriguing true story of the Irish clan leader Grainne O'Malley. It is the story of a strong woman in a time where they were disaproved. The story of a woman who risked everything to save the land she loved, a woman who devoted herself to the sea. A woman who loved passionately and eventually emerged victorious.
The music is lovely, telling the story with a flair and a vibrancy that entranced me. Stephanie J. Block's vocals perfectly captured the spirit of Grace. Her chemistry with Hadley Fraser's Tieran was spot on. Hadley is a favorite of mine and I love his performance.
Some of my favorite songs are: 'I'll Be There', 'Here On This Night', 'I Dismiss You', 'Enemy At Port Side', 'Sail To The Stars', 'If I Said I Loved You', 'Finale', and 'Woman To Woman'.
Well, the show was kind of dull, though the audience seemed to enjoy it. And the music? Well, let's just say it's not as tuneful as either "Les Miz" or "Miss Saigon." But it's not all that bad either. Heard separately on this CD, it actually sounds better than it did during its stage incarnation, and you got to give the singers credit; they're certainly giving it their all.
The problem with bad shows is that they're not really bad, just boring. However, I personally wouldn't be surprised if this CD has a better fate than the show, which has already closed. If you like their other shows, I think you'll find this pleasant. And, I wouldn't even be surprised if it ends up becoming some kind of collector's item in future, or maybe even some kind of legendary score from one of those flop shows that collectors talk about in hushed tones years from now.
Stranger things have happened. Remember: both "Candide" and "Follies" were also flops when they were first produced.
And, this score is certainly better than a lot of other over-praised dreck out there now....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointing despite the talents of all performers.Read more
A few gems here, but overall, it's just average.
As time goes by, nearly all of Queen Elizabeth I's songs are getting deleted...Read more
liked the cd, though. Though it has flaws, doesn't every musical?Read more