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Clare Island on screen in NY

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Clare Island documentary to be screened in NY

Michael Commins

A TELEVISION documentary based on the life of Grace O’Malley and filmed on Clare Island will be screened in the United States next week.
“The Pirate Queen: A New Musical – A Broadway Journey”, which is presented by famous actor Gabriel Byrne, will be seen by a New York audience of around two million on New York Public Television when it is broadcast on March 12.
The documentary coincides with the official opening of the musical, The Pirate Queen, in the Hilton Theatre, New York on April 5.
The Pirate Queen is a real life story of legendary Irish Chieftain Grace O’Malley, a compelling, inspiring heroine who led an extraordinary life as a pirate, chieftain, lover and mother in 16th century Ireland.
Presented by Gabriel Byrne, the colourful documentary takes the audience right back to Clare Island, home of Grace O’Malley. Gabriel follows the story of the coming together of two giants of musical theatre history, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg creators of Les Miserable and Miss Saigon, and the producers of Riverdance, Moya Doherty and John McColgan, as they journey to bring Grace’s story to the world stage.
It follows the creative team, cast and crew from their earliest days of rehearsals in Dublin and New York, to their opening at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago, and right through to the moment they embark upon their Broadway premiere.
This documentary includes powerful performances from this new musical recorded at rehearsals and at the Chicago premiere.