Boublil, Schonberg return to B'way with 'Pirate Queen'

The creative team behind Broadway juggernauts “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon” will return to the Great White Way during the 2006-07 season with “The Pirate Queen.”

Before their latest project sails into Gotham, lyricist Alain Boublil and composer Claude-Michel Schonberg will preem the show at Chi’s Cadillac Palace Theater next fall. Tuner, based on the true story of the 16th-century Irish swashbuckler Grace O’Malley, is produced by Moya Doherty and John McColgan (together credited as River Prods.). Duo produced the global hit “Riverdance.”

Budget is estimated to be upward of $10 million, although that number is still being solidified.

Boublil and Schonberg co-wrote the book for the musical, with additional lyrics by John Dempsey (“The Witches of Eastwick”). Frank Galati (“Ragtime,” “The Grapes of Wrath”) directs and Mark Dendy (“Taboo”) is the choreographer.

Design team includes Eugene Lee (sets), Kenneth Posner (lights) and Martin Pakledinaz (costumes).

The last time Boublil and Schonberg came to Broadway, they stayed a while. “Miss Saigon,” which opened in 1991, ran for just under 10 years, while “Les Miz” arrived on the Rialto in 1987 and stuck around nearly 16 years. (The London production of “Les Miz” has been running since 1985.)

The Chicago engagement of “Queen” opens Oct. 3, 2006, and plays through Nov. 26.

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