The Last Ship 2014

Opened: October 26, 2014
Closing: January 24, 2015

The Last Ship - 2014 - Broadway History , Info & More

Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway)
250 W. 52nd St. New York, NY 10019

THE LAST SHIP is a new musical with an original score by 16-time Grammy Award winner Sting. This Broadway premiere features direction by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), a book by Tony Award winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), and choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Once).

THE LAST SHIP is set in the English seafaring town of Wallsend, a close-knit community where life has always revolved around the local shipyard and the hardworking men who construct magnificent vessels with tremendous pride. But Gideon Fletcher dreams of a different future. He sets out to travel the world, leaving his life and his love behind. When Gideon returns home 15 years later, he finds the shipyard's future in grave danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else. As the men of Wallsend take their future into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that defines their existence, Gideon realizes that he left behind more than he could have ever imagined.

THE LAST SHIP is a portrait of a community so bound together by passion, faith and tradition, they'll stop at nothing to preserve the only life they've ever known.

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Sting revisits roots in buoyant, moving 'Last Ship'
9 / 10

The songs, despite a few maudlin touches, are melodically and emotionally vital, offering potent vehicles for performers such as the wonderful Fred Applegate, cast as Father O'Brien, and Jimmy Nail, who plays a crusty veteran laborer, and whose smoky but siren-like voice evokes Sting's more nearly than Esper's. By the deeply affecting final scene, Gideon, Meg and the others have learned that love, in all of its forms, can involve letting go - of grievances, dreams, even people. That's hardly a novel concept, but The Last Ship makes it feel surprisingly fresh.

Review: Sting's 'The Last Ship' is thrilling stuff
9 / 10

Sting's stage composing is nicely complex, mixing sassy ballads with brooding duets and big, violin-led crowd pleasers. Outstanding are 'Dead Man's Boots' and 'The Night the Pugilist Learned How to Dance,' which here is wonderfully staged between a father and son behind bars, and the simply beautiful title track, which the creators clearly know is good: It's leaned on no less than four times.

Sting's THE LAST SHIP Will Play Norway, Sweden and Finland!
by Nicole Rosky - June 3, 2015

According to the New York Times, The Last Ship, for which Sting earned a 2015 Tony nomination, will play Norway, Sweden and Finland in the coming years. Sting's spokesperson Rick Miramontez told NYT that the musical will be performed in th native language of each country when it arrives in Oslo (2016) and in Stockholm and Helsinki in (2017).

Fields Of Gold! THE LAST SHIP Company Sweetly Serenades Sting At 54 Below
by Pat Cerasaro - March 14, 2015

The cast of THE LAST SHIP shows their love to Sting!

New Videos Of Sting & THE LAST SHIP Cast At 54 Below
by Pat Cerasaro - March 13, 2015

More clips of Sting and company rocking 54 Below!

Sting & THE LAST SHIP Cast Reunite At 54 Below In Sensational New Video Footage
by Pat Cerasaro - March 12, 2015

Sting and THE LAST SHIP cast rock the boat at 54 Below!

THE LAST SHIP Company Reunites in Concert Tonight at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - March 2, 2015

THE LAST SHIP played its final performance on Broadway on Saturday, January 24, but fans still have another chance to catch the cast in action. Tonight, March 2 (9:30PM), they will reunite at 54 Below for 'Songs in the Quay of Life: THE LAST SHIP Company in Concert.' The original cast and band will celebrate their run with an eclectic evening themed around seafaring songs. Proceeds will go to support Wallsend Boys Club in the north of England, which was founded by shipbuilders.

BWW Flashback: THE LAST SHIP Sets Final Sail from Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre Tonight
by Nicole Rosky - January 24, 2015

THE LAST SHIP will play its final performance on Broadway tonight, January 24 at 8 p.m., at the Neil Simon Theatre (where it has played 29 preview performances and 105 regular performances). Prior to its Broadway debut, The Last Ship had a five-week tryout in Chicago last summer, where it played 38 performances. On December 9, 2014, Sting, who composed The Last Ship's score, joined the cast in the role of Jackie White, the foreman of the shipyard who rallies his community to build one last ship meant to sail the world. BroadwayWorld salutes the musical with a closing night flashback below!

Photo Coverage: THE LAST SHIP Cast Celebrates Sting's Caricature Unveiling at Sardi's!
by Walter McBride - January 21, 2015

Just yesterday, Sting and the cast of his Broadway musical, The Last Ship, gathered at Sardi's (234 W. 44 St) to celebrate the unveiling of his own caricature. Sting made his Broadway debut this season as a composer with the musical THE LAST SHIP, and is appearing on stage with the cast now through the end of the musical's run on January 24 at the Neil Simon Theatre. BroadwayWorld was there for the special event and you can check out photos below!

THE LAST SHIP Company Will Reunite for 54 Below Concert on 3/2
by Nicole Rosky - January 19, 2015

THE LAST SHIP will play its final performance on Broadway on Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m., but fans still have another chance to catch the cast in action. On March 2 (9:30PM) they will reunite at 54 Below for 'Songs in the Quay of Life: THE LAST SHIP Company in Concert.' The original cast and band will celebrate their run with an eclectic evening themed around seafaring songs. Proceeds will go to support Wallsend Boys Club in the north of England, which was founded by shipbuilders.

Breaking News: Sting's THE LAST SHIP Sets January Closing on Broadway
by Robert Diamond - January 6, 2015

THE LAST SHIP will play its final performance on Broadway on Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m., it has been announced by the musical's producers. The Last Ship began previews on Broadway on September 29 prior to its official opening on October 26, 2014. When the show concludes its 4-month engagement, it will have played 29 preview performances on Broadway and 105 regular performances at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W. 52 St.) The Last Ship's music will live on with the Original Broadway Cast Recording, which was recently released on Universal Music Classics and debuted at #1 on Billboard's Cast Albums Chart last week.

STAGE TUBE: New Sneak Peak- Lady Gaga Tributes Sting on 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
by Sally Henry Fuller - December 27, 2014

Singer Al Green; actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks; ballerina Patricia McBride; singer-songwriter Sting; and comedienne Lily Tomlin will receive honors for 2014 on THE 37TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS. Below, check out a clip from the upcoming presentation, featuring a Lady Gaga tribute to Sting!

VIDEO: Sting Talks Origins of THE LAST SHIP & More on Today's 'Live'
by Caryn Robbins - December 23, 2014

Grammy Award winner STING stopped by today's LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL to chat about his Broadway musical, THE LAST SHIP.

DVR Alert: Sting Performs from THE LAST SHIP on 'Live' Today
by TV News Desk - December 23, 2014

Today, December 23rd, Grammy Award winner STING will stop by LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL to chat about his Broadway musical, 'The Last Ship,' and perform a song from the production for the 'LIVE' audience.

BWW Interviews: THE LAST SHIP Cast Opens Up About Their Newest Castmate- Sting!
by Nicole Rosky - December 22, 2014

A once-in-a-lifetime Broadway event took place yesterday, December 21, following the matinee performance of The Last Ship when patrons were invited to meet Sting and members of the cast on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W. 52 St.) as they signed 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), was joined by cast mates Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker,Jimmy Nail,Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand to chat with the company at the special event and you can check out the exclusive interviews below!

Review Roundup: Sting in Broadway's THE LAST SHIP
by Nicole Rosky - December 22, 2014

Let's see what the critics had to say...

The Last Ship FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Last Ship has had 1 productions including Broadway which opened in 2014.
The Last Ship has been nominated for Best Orchestrations for Rob Mathes and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Sting.
The Last Ship has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Choreography for Steven Hoggett, Outstanding Music for Sting, Outstanding Orchestrations for Rob Mathes, Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical for Brian Ronan, Outstanding Book of a Musical for The Last Ship, Outstanding New Broadway Musical for The Last Ship, and a Theatre World Award for Collin Kelly-Sordelet.
The Last Ship has won several awards, including Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Music at the Drama Desk Awards for Steven Hoggett and Sting, respectively. Rob Mathes won Outstanding Orchestrations, and Brian Ronan won Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical, both at the Drama Desk Awards. The Last Ship also won Outstanding Book of a Musical and Outstanding New Broadway Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Collin Kelly-Sordelet received the Theatre World Award at the Theatre World Awards.

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