The Last Ship

yankeefan7
Broadway Legend
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Posted: 3/28/14 at 04:53pm
Wondering if there is any "buzz" about the upcoming musical with music written by Sting. Rock stars have not always had success with trying to to write a Broadway musical (U2, Paul Simon) although Elton John has had success. I think it has a tryout in June (Chicago) and scheduled for Broadway in October.
Mr Roxy
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Posted: 3/28/14 at 05:02pm
Sounded good on PBS
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oasisjeff
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joined:11/15/07
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Posted: 3/28/14 at 05:07pm
Plus, Brian Yorkey on the book is encouraging...
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SNAFU
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Posted: 3/28/14 at 05:47pm
Yankeefan, add Cindy Lauper to your list of successes.
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yankeefan7
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Posted: 3/28/14 at 06:43pm
"Yankeefan, add Cindy Lauper to your list of successes"

Wow, how did I forget her - lol.
oasisjeff
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Posted: 3/28/14 at 07:21pm
It's hard to put Paul Simon and U2 in the same bucket, though. U2 wrote a bunch of songs then went off on tour and were not really involved throughout the preview process, aside from getting video sent to them to watch in between stadium concerts. Paul Simon was at preview performances and took his role very seriously. Of course, Green Day was rather involved in Idiot.
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yankeefan7
Broadway Legend
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Posted: 3/28/14 at 09:42pm
"of course, Green Day was rather involved in Idiot.

They were involved but I believe all of the music was already from albums they had recorded already and not for the actual Broadway show.
Jon
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joined:2/20/04
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Posted: 3/28/14 at 09:55pm
As far as "pop" songwriters go, there's also Randy Newman's FAUST, which played regionally and is being done by Encores Off-Center as a one-night concert.

Is Barry Manilow's HARMONY still aiming for Broadway? His COPACABANA was supposedly awful.

Jimmy Buffett also wrote a musical that was done in Florida.
WiCkEDrOcKS
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Posted: 3/28/14 at 09:58pm
The buzz I've heard is very, very positive.
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oasisjeff
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Posted: 3/28/14 at 10:17pm
Isn't The Last Ship an album Sting recorded already?
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Keiichi2
Chorus Member
joined:3/1/14
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Posted: 3/28/14 at 10:46pm
Here is a link to a video with some information on the show, and some song samples.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThDal2LMJ6Y
Mr Roxy
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joined:5/17/03
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Posted: 3/28/14 at 10:49pm
I have the Buffet CD called " Can't Stop The Carnival" Early parrothead music that will never see Broadway

I have the Faust CD. Turns out there is now a 2 cd version available on Amazon.
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martianman2
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joined:3/29/14
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Posted: 3/29/14 at 11:28am
Cant understand the fuss about this. The songs and story are dull,dreary, repetitive and boring. His PBS concert didnt get me interested either.Supposedly cost $14m if you believe reports. Tickets sales in chicago are`nt brillant either. Even some Chicago critics say its got closure notice written all over it when he did promo. Dont think this will be a long runner.
HogansHero
Featured Actor
joined:2/26/12
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Posted: 3/29/14 at 12:20pm
martian-i can understand you not understanding the fuss, but that has not been the general consensus at all in these parts. what chicago critic said that?
Mister Matt
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Posted: 3/29/14 at 12:50pm
Even some Chicago critics say its got closure notice written all over it when he did promo.

Who? I live in Chicago and there is far more buzz for this than there was for Big Fish.
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mar6411
Stand-by
joined:9/19/09
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Posted: 3/29/14 at 01:07pm
Mister Matt and Hogans Hero, note the join date of Martianman. I presume there is an agenda related to the posting.
HogansHero
Featured Actor
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Posted: 3/29/14 at 01:26pm
thanks mar. so we have mar and now martian. all we need is martini.
mar6411
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Posted: 3/29/14 at 01:28pm
I'll drink to that!
martianman2
Swing
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Posted: 3/29/14 at 02:47pm
There is no agenda. Just expressing my opinion on everything Ive seen, heard and read that is all. Yes they will do loads of publicity on this but I dont think it be successful. Time will tell if I am proved wrong.
oasisjeff
Broadway Star
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Posted: 3/29/14 at 02:57pm
"Even some Chicago critics say its got closure notice written all over it when he did promo. Dont think this will be a long runner."

So, based on him doing a concert version, with little book and no sets, they are able to know what it will be like when fully staged/realized? Wouldn't being psychic be more lucrative than being a theater critic?
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finebydesign
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
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Posted: 3/29/14 at 03:13pm
I liked concert, but the content and tone seem rather dreary.
HogansHero
Featured Actor
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Posted: 3/29/14 at 03:28pm
Martian, what critic said what you said they said? And about what did they say it? You are of course free to state your opinion based on having not seen a show that has not yet even been created, but when you say that some critic followed you down that path, it behooves you to say who you are maligning and/or misquoting.
HoundDoggydog
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Posted: 3/29/14 at 03:31pm
I think the commercial looks kind of cool too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nieXALavPVc#t=20
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
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Posted: 3/29/14 at 05:36pm
It will need Sting appeal

The subject matter is not family fare which many tourists look for.I did enjoy what I heard so we will wait and see how it develops going forward.
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yankeefan7
Broadway Legend
joined:4/14/12
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Posted: 3/29/14 at 10:44pm
"Isn't The Last Ship an album Sting recorded already?"

Yes, but there is a difference between doing a album of the songs you wrote for a musical and having a musical have songs from album almost 5 yrs old. Since you had smiley face and a wink assume you were just having fun.
Mister Matt
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Posted: 4/1/14 at 02:33pm
The subject matter is not family fare which many tourists look for.

You mean family fare like Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Les Miserables, Avenue Q, Book of Mormon and Spring Awakening? Or family fare like Tarzan, Big, Seussical, Little Mermaid, A Year With Frog and Road and the last two revivals of Annie?

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Updated On: 4/11/14 at 02:33 PM

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