The Pirate Queen Final Dress Rehearsal

All of the cast had the opportunity to see the final dress of the Pirate Queen last night. The final dress rehearsals are the best theatre moments because it’s usually on a dark night (Monday) so all of the Bway performers can see and support their peers in a new show. The Pirate Queen is by Alain Boubil and Claude Michael Schoenberg..who wrote the fantastic Les Miserables (which I happened to be in for 2 glorious years of my life).

The Hilton Theatre is huge and beautiful and it was abuzz with every Bway performer you could think of sitting out in the house, catching up with old colleagues. I ran into (or was introduced to or so from afar in the womens bathroom line) Dee Hoty, Christianne Noll, Julia Murney, Megan Lawrence, Julie Foldesi, Chuck LaPointe (who created our wigs) Troy Johnson,Heather Ferguson and Ericca Piccinnini from JB. Richard Maltby was opposite us taking notes during the show.

Suffice it to say..Stephanie Block is amazing ..Her voice is like Celine Dion/Linda Eder/Streisand…no it’s like Stephanie Block. I never had seen her perform before because of our conflicting schedules. I don’t imagine there is a note she cannot sing..belting, soprano, all while sword fighting, giving birth, climbing the ships mast…she’s definitely lined up for a Tony nod.

The only drawback of attending on a final dress is that they don’t hand out playbills. The men were fantastic too ..the voices superb…the dancing (from the creators of Riverdance) guy in particular had so much joy…it was contagious..Good luck to this great cast ..may you sail into a long run..

6 Comments so far

  1. Devon on March 6th, 2007

    I’ve been a huge fan of Stephanie Block’s ever since seeing her in The Boy From Oz. Such an amazing talent.

    Thanks for sharing your experience with the show. It’s definitely on my ‘to see’ list.

  2. jennifernaimo on March 6th, 2007

    Hi Devon
    I know warm and the range..and a great actress too..Loved her..xo jennifer

  3. Hilary on March 7th, 2007

    Stephanie is phenomenal! She was amazing in The Boy From Oz. Her and Hugh… sigh! Thanks for letting us know how it was, I’m excited to try and see it soon!

  4. jennifer on March 8th, 2007

    Hi Hilary
    Yes she is definitely the best thing about the show and the RIverdancers are wonderful…I think they’re still tweaking the show though..But I think I could listen to Stephanie sing the phone book..xo jennifer

  5. Lori on March 8th, 2007

    Wow, I would really like to see this show too! It sounds neat! I want go see it soon too!
    Glad you had fun Jen! :-)

  6. jennifer on March 9th, 2007

    Hi Lori
    Yes I liked her and the dancers…the best…I hope it does ok..they work so hard..