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...

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...

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