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The Last Ship

JohnnyOTrib
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"The Last Ship" preview
Posted: 6/7/14 at 02:23pm
Chris Jones spent some time in the rehearsal room of "The Last Ship," which is about to open its pre-Broadway tryout here in Chicago. Here are interviews with Sting, Joe Mantello and John Logan. I was most happy to read that Sting is willing to cut and add songs on a whim -- and a lot of the album is not included in the actual show.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/ct-sting-last-ship-preview,0,6831253.column
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pc1145N2
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Posted: 6/7/14 at 11:43pm
I'm going to see this on Wednesday. Can't wait!
yankeefan7
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Posted: 6/8/14 at 04:27pm
Cool article. I hope it does well and I personally root extra hard for original shows. Plus, my wife is a major Sting fan so it would make her happy if it is a success.
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CurtainPullDowner
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Posted: 6/8/14 at 07:13pm
Sting will be performing a beautiful song from the show on the TONY'S TONIGHT.
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VernonGersch
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 01:31am
Beautifully haunting song and performance by Sting Can't wait to see this show. Plus Joe Mantello is a genius with everything he creates
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Brave Sir Robin2
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 03:12am
I wasn't impressed. I'm excited for the show and Rachel Tucker on Broadway, but I thought the performance was just alright. This was the performance that should have been given to Kelli O'Hara.
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Mr. Nowack
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 03:47am
I'm also very excited for this. It seems like he really cares about taking the time to work out the kinks and making it the best show it can be.

I was sort of underwhelmed by the Tony performance, but I just don't think that the title song is the strongest of the songs from the album. I wish he had done "Show Some Respect" or "Shipyard" instead. I loved the way they were done on the PBS concert special, and I think one of those would have had a bigger impact on people since they were the songs that got me excited about the show. I guess maybe they were too long to perform tonight.


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Updated On: 6/9/14 at 03:47 AM
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madbrian
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 07:54am
"This was the performance that should have been given to Kelli O'Hara."

That statement makes no sense. Nothing was taken away from O'Hara or Bridges. Producers have to pay for their performances to be included, and the producers of Bridges chose not to. Probably a good idea if that money was spent on getting the OBCR done; that will be much more important to the show having a life beyond this short run.
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Mr Roxy
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 09:14am
Do not see this catching on. Remember Sideshow? Great score but a hard sell. This may be in the same category . This is a show that will need raves to succeed even with Sting's name attached to it.


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Updated On: 6/9/14 at 09:14 AM
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ErinDillyFan
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 09:17am
Just bought tickets for July 5th.

yankeefan7
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 09:45am
Exactly, this show is not going to be one of those that wow the tourists.
neonlightsxo
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 09:47am
Can't wait to hear from those of you seeing it in Chicago!
wonkit
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 09:51am
Meh.
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Borstalboy
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 10:19am
I kept waiting for a chorus that never arrived.
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
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little_sally
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 11:20am
I liked the song quite a bit and will definitely be seeing the show when it hits Broadway.
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Mr Roxy
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 11:23am
The last show about a ship was Titanic. It never recouped on Broadway I believe despite winning Best Musical tony.

This should be good if it is lampooned in Forbidden Broadway.
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AKarp2013
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 11:26am
^^ What about "The Pirate Queen"?

Regardless, I enjoyed the song and am looking forward to the show. I have the album he produced. I guess you could call it a concept album(?) and I enjoyed the songs.
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little_sally
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 11:28am
Funny, Mr Roxy, that you bring up Titanic. Last night we were joking that The Last Ship sounds like the Titanic prequel.
A little swash, a bit of buckle - you'll love it more than bread.
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ChgoTheatreGuy
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 05:51pm
Broadway in Chicago just announced that they are selling $25.00 day of show tickets for the whole engagement. Ticket sales must be really bad, because I don't ever remember them doing this for any other Pre-Broadway engagement shows in Chicago. I had to pay full price for my tix to "The Addams Family". Would have much rather paid just $25.00...
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Mr Roxy
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 05:55pm
It will be a tough sell no matter how good the music is.

This may simply be an expensive vanity project for Sting. Time will tell.

Bridges had a quality score and 2 great leads in addition to name recognition of a bestseller & movie . It did not help. The Last Ship has Sting's name and nothing else.


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Updated On: 6/9/14 at 05:55 PM
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haterobics
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Posted: 6/9/14 at 06:20pm
Anything Goes was a hit, and that all took place on a ship, if that's how we are judging the potential for this show.