Sting's THE LAST SHIP an Old-Fashioned, Good-Hearted Musical Drama

October 27, 2014 5:53 AM

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Composer/lyricist Sting may be a theatre novice, but he has teamed up with quite an accomplished group for his debut musical, The Last Ship. The book is by John Logan, who won the Best Play Tony Award for Red, and Brian Yorkey, Tony and a Pulitzer winner for his work on Next To Normal. Joe Montello is a highly regarded director of both musicals and straight drama, especially adept at bringing wide-scope stage pictures to life.

The Last Ship has its stumbling points, but the sincerity and warmth with which their tale of a community of Irish laborers' fight for one last hurrah before their shipyard is closed forever is frequently charming, sweetly romantic and funny, and at times quite enchanting. Sting has mentioned that h...

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