December 18, 2014

Sting interviewed by 6-Year-Old Theatre critic...

Sting's musical The Last Ship hit Broadway this fall, so it's no surprise the rocker-turned-composer sat down for an interview with one of the hottest theater critics around – a kindergartner from Arlington, Virginia named Iain Armitage. Armitage began reviewing plays at the age of six, after his mother took him to see Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan perform in Waiting for Godot. Some 6-year-olds might consider sitting through a two-hour play a punishment, but Iain was mesmerized. He loved the show so much his mother encouraged him to post his thoughts to YouTube – and his videos have been going viral ever since...

December 18, 2014

USA Today's Year in review: The best of Broadway in 2014...

While 2014 saw the loss of two of Broadway's most duly cherished veterans in director Mike Nichols and performer Elaine Stritch, there were plenty of high points as well, with some stars emerging and others rising further. We take a quick look back at the year in Broadway. With his first score for musical theater, Sting reaffirmed his melodic and storytelling gifts. He also chose collaborators wisely, with veteran director Joe Mantello and librettists John Logan and Brian Yorkey helping to craft a show that moves and, in the end, surprises us...

December 10, 2014

Sting Makes A Sensational 'Debut' on Broadway in His "Last Ship" Musical...

Tuesday night marked Sting's debut in his own Broadway musical, "The Last Ship." He was on Broadway over twenty years ago in a failed production of "The Threepenny Opera." So coming into "The Last Ship" took guts and it also showed time heals all wounds. In his first performance, the composer of what is invariably the best new score on Broadway in some time, acquitted himself beautifully. He's taking over not the lead, but the part Jimmy Nail plays as the foreman of the Wallsend shipyard that's being shut down. When Sting first appeared on a set of stairs and looked down at the audience, I really thought his thought balloon was "Holy cow, what did I agree to?" But a few minutes in and he settled down, loosening up and belting his own songs with his strong, trademark voice. In short order Sting did the impossible: he blended in and stood out...

December 04, 2014

Sting, the tireless troubadour - reports The Washington Post...

Night after night, as the lights go down in the Neil Simon Theatre and musicians on guitar and flute and fiddle begin to play, a multiple Grammy-winning international star settles into a seat in a back row and drinks in anew all the Broadway sights and sounds. It's the closest that a guy named Sting will ever get to the life of an average Manhattan commuter. "I watch it every day," says the 63-year-old singer-songwriter, still in possession of the sleek build of a rock sensation half his age. "I'm fascinated by the process and the actors making this story and the songs their own. I'm fascinated by the audience and how they react. I sit way in the back in the dark, sort of a phantom, and l leave before the lights go up."

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