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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#51
Posted: 1/10/15 at 6:57pm
But of course.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#52
Posted: 1/10/15 at 7:01pm
Just like cell phone use, punching is now acceptable in the theater for breaking the rules. Tell your friends!!
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#53
Posted: 1/10/15 at 7:08pm
For those interested, TDF has it until 1/22. They may do a Sideshow and wait until the last minute to release the closing show.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#54
Posted: 1/11/15 at 4:28pm
I have to say I have reinvested interest in this show thanks to the OBC. In the theatre I found the show kind of boring and humdrum, but I'm really digging the OBC. It sounds great, and the melodies really stick with you. I think the real problem with the show is the story. It's just a dreary clunker. I think the score is worth remembering.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#55
Posted: 1/11/15 at 5:19pm
Wonder if this has a life on tour or will it sink for good on Broadway.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#56
Posted: 1/11/15 at 5:45pm
I wouldn't hold out for closing... the orchestra only had less than 10 seats, with maybe 40-50 total (guessing) in the mezzanine, when i checked on Friday, since I was debating switching my Saturday matinee ticket yesterday to the last show, but the availability was much worse than what I had. And the orchestra sold a bunch of the seats as premium for Sting, so it was already selling well as Sting's last show before it was the final show.

I liked it better the second time around, but still not my favorite of the season, which is still TBD, heh.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#57
Posted: 1/11/15 at 11:08pm
I really enjoyed the Last Ship and am so sorry its closing. That and Sideshow were my two favorite fall musicals. I was there last Monday night when the cast was told. They were all visibly upset at the stage door, especially Rachel Tucker. Will be seeing it a few more times before it closes via tdf. I wanted to attend the last show, but the discounts were pulled and the tickets were 176.00 so I wont be seeing the last show.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#58
Posted: 1/12/15 at 10:46am
^ There are less expensive tickets available in the rear mezzanine for the final show.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#59
Posted: 1/12/15 at 12:06pm
I saw the show in Chicago and thought it was amazing. My mom kept mentioning how great it would do in the West End. Maybe they'll transfer across the pond. I just didn't think the U.S. isn't the right audience for this show, because we lack ship builder.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#60
Posted: 1/12/15 at 1:06pm
We haven't had vaudeville or burlesque in more than 70 years either, but Gypsy still plays fine.

Whether or not we have a ship building industry in the US has 0% effect on whether people want to buy tickets to this show.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#61
Posted: 1/12/15 at 1:10pm

I thought Roxy was going to stop posting when things are on TDF.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#62
Posted: 1/12/15 at 1:19pm
Roxy used to care about Broadway. But now he doesn't anymore. He doesn't care if a show succeeds or not. He used to care. But now he doesn't. He certainly doesn't care if The Last Ship is on TDF, and he wants us to know it.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#63
Posted: 1/12/15 at 1:28pm
What we have, newtown, are one per-centers who will spend $400 a ticket on silly garbage but (subconsciously?) don't give a S-%*&# about unions and their plights.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#64
Posted: 1/12/15 at 1:33pm
TLS probably would have a better life on the West End, but considering the investors are losing their entire investment here, I don't think we'll see a transfer anytime soon.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#65
Posted: 1/12/15 at 1:41pm
"What we have, newtown, are one per-centers who will spend $400 a ticket on silly garbage but (subconsciously?) don't give a S-%*&# about unions and their plights. "

Yes, I've always said that if you want real entertainment, unions and their plights is the way to go. Not only has no one in history ever written about that, it's an endlessly entertaining topic. You don't even need a good script or score, if you're doing a show about unions and their plights, that's how effective the subject is.

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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#66
Posted: 1/12/15 at 4:49pm
I am talking about today, newintown, today.
Take your head out of the sand.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#67
Posted: 1/12/15 at 4:56pm
You were talking about today? My error - I thought you were talking nonsense.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#68
Posted: 1/12/15 at 9:28pm
I still can't get over how much the score is growing on me. When I first heard it at the Tonys last year, I was like ugh this is awful. That same song I can't stop listening to. I wish I could see the show again because I bet I would like it even more.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#69
Posted: 1/12/15 at 11:40pm
Consider this - you guys actually live where you can go to Broadway. We have to make do with what actually makes it to professional theatre here in Australia or else wait for the Community Theatre production rights to be released and then hope some brave groups decides to put it's hand up. Luckily we do have some independent theatres who are staging Next To Normal and Dogfight this year.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#70
Posted: 1/13/15 at 9:05am
^ What does that have to do with The Last Ship?
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#71
Posted: 1/13/15 at 9:28am
I don't know the poster (^), but I took from his comment a sense of comparative audience problems: we worry about squeezing in final or second looks at beloved/appreciated shows before they close in days or weeks, while people far from New York often must anticipate local productions of plays and musicals performed in NYC 2-3 years ago. I get the relevance, indirectly. A lot of the discussions here are about the immediacy of run-length, star vacations, etc. The issues in the chat are invariably tied to access and opportunity to the theatrical zeitgeist. I think I get it.





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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#72
Posted: 1/14/15 at 8:33am
What a score-driven show. I was there last night, and absolutely besotted with the music. The premise is strong, but, well, it's also the whole story. It's really a situation that isn't so much dramatized as presented. Gideon comes home, confronts his demons, more or less all at once, and then they re-play themselves in various combinations and permutations while a ship is built. Even with a sad death there aren't significant turns in the story, and virtually no real plot developments in act two until the final moments. Somehow, it doesn't quite matter, because the music digs into the world so fully, and the situation, though perhaps limited dramatically, is so richly explored*. It's an exquisite production, last night embraced with a warm loving celebration in the house. People are deeply moved and transported by the score. Musical theater people are going to want to sing these songs forever, and will. I agree with those who believe it might (still) do well in London. If the story is static, it's absolutely tied to the land in which it takes place. They may well adore it, if the money is there to put it on. I'm getting the CD today.

*One caveat: the Macy's Parade did the show no favors, because the wonderful song was reconfigured for Sting, who sings only a verse of it in the show. I like the number, and was startled it wasn't his act two showcase, as the number suggested.



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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#73
Posted: 1/14/15 at 8:57am
Just saw the show last night, I agree with Auggie27 above that I was "besotted with the music." I was enthralled in that musical world, and thanks to that was willing to forgive some of the thinner plot threads. Overall, some wonderful supporting performances and what a joy to watch Sting on stage.
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#74
Posted: 1/14/15 at 11:27am
Does this show up at Tx's?
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The Last Ship Closing January 24th#75
Posted: 1/14/15 at 11:36am
I was also at the show last night. The theater was full, as far as I could tell, and the audience was very enthusiastic, not just for Sting but for all of the performers. I thought Fred Applegate as the Irish priest kind of stole everything, but he also had a number of the best songs.

I think the music from this score is some of the best I've heard on Broadway in a long time. I don't understand why it has limped along when there is so much going for it. If I had any criticism, it would be that the songs in the second act are not quite as strong as those in the first act. I thought "It's Not the Same Moon", for example, just fell flat, and "Show Some Respect" was a little forced.

But I thought the characters acted like real people, and the story made sense without being a cliche. The tableau at the end of each of the acts was thrilling. I am really glad that I saw this, and I urge people to try to catch it before it "sails" on the 24th.