Thursday, February 01, 2007

Swashbuckling On Broadway

Swashbuckling On Broadway

Without even waiting to see if The Pirate Queen manages to float on the Great White Way, producer Jonathan D. Moll has announced plans to stage Treasure Island on Broadway this summer, according to Variety.

Apparently, this iteration of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale is being timed to coincide with the release of the third chapter of the popular "Pirates Of The Caribbean" Disney franchise. Helmed by noted fight director and choreographer B.H. Barry, Treasure Island will be a $3.5 million action extravaganza told "as much through action sequences as through dialogue."

Of course, it's yet to be seen whether The Pirate Queen can be salvaged after poor reviews during its Chicago tryout last year. So why do I have a sinking feeling that swashbuckling adventures on Broadway might end up being the seafaring equivalent to the vampire genre, which finally (?) took a stake through its heart with the demise of Lestat?

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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