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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The Royal Pyrate adds HADESTOWN’S Amber Gray

Amber Gray

HADESTOWN’S Amber Gray is joining the cast of the new musical The Royal Pyrate in the role of Mary Hallet, the fabled ‘Witch of Wellfleet,’ a figure of American myth for over 300 years. Gray joins a cast, which also includes Eric William Morris (White Girl in Danger, King Kong, Mamma Mia) as the infamous pirate Black Sam Bellamy; Eddie Cooper (Parade, Dead Outlaw) as the dread pirate Blackbeard; and Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages) as Paulsgrave Williams. The Royal Pyrate will have a  ‘workshop tour’ that will begin at the Almanack Arts Colony on Nantucket Island on August 20 and 21, before continuing on to New York City, where it will play at the Waterfront Barge Museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn August 24 and 25. Hunter Bird (Bronco Billy) will direct.


The Royal Pyrate is a new musical that reimagines the 300-year-old love story of the pirate Black Sam Bellamy and Mary Hallet, a woman so ahead of her time she is accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts. Based on the history of the Golden Age of Piracy, the 100-minute musical features an original score and lyrics by Jason Landon Marcus and a book by Chas LiBretto. The pair last collaborated on the Pulitzer-nominated Cyclops: A Rock Opera, which had a sold-out run at The Tank last fall. They began their work together on The Royal Pyrate as members of Ars Nova’s musical theater writing lab Uncharted.

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