December 22, 2014

BBC: "Sting 'electrifying' in own Broadway musical..."

Singer Sting is "a huge presence" in the Broadway musical he wrote and now appears in, according to one review. The ex-Police frontman is "electrifying in his two big solos" and has had a "galvanising impact" on the cast of The Last Ship, Variety's critic wrote. "Sting seems very much in his element," said USA Today's reviewer, praising the "blazing charisma" he gives his role. The 63-year-old is playing shipyard foreman Jackie White in his self-penned musical until 24 January. Previously lacklustre ticket sales have seen a boost since the singer confirmed he was joining the show for a limited period. According to the New York Times, "weekly takings have gone up by a couple hundred thousand dollars" since his first performance on 9 December. Despite this, its reviewer continued, "Sting's presence doesn't alter the chemistry of the show in any significant way"...

December 18, 2014

Sting and Company of the The Last Ship to Sign Cast Recording This Weekend...

A once-in-a-lifetime Broadway event will take place this Sunday, December 21 at 6 p.m. following the matinee performance of The Last Ship when patrons are invited to meet Sting and members of the cast on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W. 52 St.) as they sign copies of the recently released Original Broadway Cast Recording. 16-time Grammy Award winning musician Sting, who now stars in The Last Ship (for which he also composed the score), will be joined by cast mates Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker, Jimmy Nail, Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet...

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...

archive