Wednesday 18 October 2017

Pirate Queen is treasured in Japan

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

IT lost an estimated $18m (€13m) and shut down after only 85 performances on Broadway.

But Riverdance duo John McColgan and Moya Doherty's stage epic 'The Pirate Queen', which was panned by critics in the United States, has become big in Japan.

Three years after the lavish musical about Irish pirate Grace O'Malley was sunk by poor reviews and even poorer box office returns in the US, it's been filling theatres in the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Osaka.

"The Japanese saw it on Broadway and loved it. It's been on for a couple of months and has been a big hit," Mr McColgan told the Irish Independent.

The producer revealed the personal toll it took on himself and his wife, when, following years of preparation, the show closed after only three months on Broadway.

"It was like a kick in the stomach. Like being pregnant for three years and nobody likes your baby and nobody wants it," he said.

"I'm still immensely proud of 'The Pirate Queen' and the team behind it but I don't think you can find anybody in this business who hasn't had failure -- failure is part of it," Mr McColgan added.

Irish Independent

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