''You may be tempted upon leaving Sting's Broadway musical "The Last Ship" to head straight to a pub to drain a pint and sing some sea shanties. Or maybe go weld something. Or do both. Such are the foot-stomping, testosterone-filled feelings that emerge from the Neil Simon Theatre, where a blast of British working class camaraderie among steel workers has docked during these times when we only construct things from Ikea. "The Last Ship" has some powerful performances, some outstanding songs, real heart and a creative team that uses every inch of the stage in thrilling ways. Perhaps there's a bit of bloat and far too many sea references, but when it works, it does so brilliantly...'' reports the Associated Press
The winners of the pairs of tickets to attend the opening night of Sting's "The Last Ship" at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York on October 26 were Adina Schecter, Colleen Thibault, Deb Conrardy, Eric Lubin, Fred Berthelot, Jim Vernon, John Schick, Julie Stavert, Linda McKee, Linda Treschitta, Maria Elena Botei, Patti Hinton, Paul Zelin, Phyllis Drohan, Sarah Turnbull, Stephanie Schrager, Sue Bett, Sue Johnson, Susan Walsh and Valerie Smith. Thanks to everyone who entered!
As previously announced Sting & Paul Simon will bring their critically-acclaimed On Stage Together tour to Europe in 2015. With a show in Paris already confirmed for April 3, we are pleased to announce that a second and final show has been confirmed April 4 at Zenith Paris La Villette. Tickets for the second show will go on sale on Friday, October 24th at 10:00 am. Tickets for April 4 in Paris will go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 24 at 10am through livenation.fr, ticketnet.fr and all usual outlets. Members of the Sting.com fan club will have an opportunity to purchase tickets in advance beginning tomorrow, October 21 at 9am through Wednesday, October 22 at 3pm.
Sting and the cast of ''The Last Ship'' are booked onto the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon for October 16th.
A few people I know had the same idea last and hied themselves over to the Neil Simon Theater on West 52nd St. to see a preview of Sting and Joe Mantello's ''The Last Ship.'' The show, which got raves in Chicago over the summer, started performances last week with a circle around October 26th for its big opening. So funny to spot the other skulkers who came to see whether rumors of the show's seaworthiness were true. They are indeed. ''The Last Ship'' is even in much better shape than when I saw it in Chicago. Writer John Logan (whom I spotted darting about with a clipboard) has significantly changed the show’s opening, beefed up the back story and entry of the main character, Gideon, sung by the stunning Michael Esper...
Jimmy Nail was having an out-of-body moment. His lanky frame was folded in an armchair in the low-ceilinged basement lounge of the Neil Simon Theater for an interview, but his tired eyes suddenly searched the room's four corners, as if he were trying to see beyond its walls: back to Newcastle-on-Tyne, back to the shipyards where he and the men of his family once toiled. "I worked on big turbines that propelled the supertankers," said Mr. Nail, the son of a shipyard foreman who plays one in the new musical "The Last Ship," which has songs by another Newcastle native with a sharp-edged moniker, Sting. "You had a turbine shed that might have been four times the length of this room, and in the middle of it was a turbine, and men were crawling all over it like ants, welding it and polishing it."
Bravo Media's Emmy Award-winning ''Inside the Actors Studio,'' hosted by James Lipton, welcomes world-renowned musician, actor, author and composer Sting to the stage on Thursday, October 23rd at 8pm ET/PT. Lipton sits down with the singer-songwriter to discuss everything from his time with The Police to his forthcoming Broadway musical ''The Last Ship,'' which opens on October 26 at the Neil Simon Theatre. ''In the twenty-one years of Inside the Actors Studio, there has never been an episode like Sting's,'' says Lipton. ''Performing numerous songs and revealing himself with unprecedented candor, irresistible charm and undisguised emotion, he has brought us a Sting that his legion of followers has never seen before. On the eve of the opening of ''The Last Ship,'' the magic begins on our stage.''
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sting and director Joe Mantello will be part of an Oct. 20 TimesTalk to discuss the new Broadway musical The Last Ship, which opens on Broadway Oct. 26 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Directed by Tony winner Mantello (Casa Valentina, Wicked), The Last Ship arrived on Broadway in September following a Chicago world-premiere engagement earlier this summer. New York Times chief pop music critic Jon Pareles will lead the sold-out 6:30 PM discussion between the two collaborators, which will also be live streamed at TimesTalks.com...
Award-winning singer-songwriter Sting chats with Playbill.com about overcoming years of writer's block with the new autobiographical musical The Last Ship. Sting looks tired. It's understandable, considering it's the hour before the final run-through of the first Broadway musical he's written (and, in true theatre tradition, re-written). The auditorium of the Neil Simon Theatre is crowded with tables and cables, the room dominated by dozens of tech people the audience never sees. It's refreshing that a 16-time Grammy winning superstar looks like a sleep-deprived theatre person, rather than one of those aging rockers who now resemble their wax figures at Madame Tussaud's. "It's an out-of-body experience," Sting says, rubbing his eyes. "You relinquish a lot of control, but all of these people bring something to the process I can't."
16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting will be featured on the annual holiday music CD, Broadway's Carols for a Cure, Vol. 16. Singing with the cast of "The Last Ship," and playing acoustic guitar accompanied by a full band, Sting has created an original version of "Soul Cake." The new musical "The Last Ship" features an original score and lyrics by Sting and marks his debut as a Broadway composer. "The Last Ship" is inspired by the English seaside town of Wallsend where Sting was born and raised, and where life revolved around the local shipyard. Stars, casts and musicians from the current Broadway line-up are completing recording now for the 2014 Broadway's Carols for a Cure, Volume 16. Singing traditional and original songs, this annual holiday music CD benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations...