The Verdict: Critics Review Broadway-Bound Sting Musical The Last Ship

By Adam Hetrick
26 Jun 2014

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The pre-Broadway premiere of The Last Shipthe new musical with music and lyrics by 16-time Grammy winner Sting — inspired by the songwriter's own childhood — officially opened June 25 at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre.

Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello (Casa Valentina, Wicked), The Last Ship has a book by Tony winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey (If/Then, Next to Normal). Choreography is by Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee Steven Hoggett (Rocky, Once).

The Last Ship, according to producers, "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 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 14 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 principal cast features Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker, Jimmy Nail, Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet.



The critics have filed their reviews and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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