It’s been a few years since U2’s Bono made his Broadway debut with Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark – a musical take on the web-slinging superhero that didn’t quite stick with audiences. Now, Ex-Police-man Sting comes with his autobiographical show The Last Ship, a $14-million musical which opened at the Neil Simon Theatre. Watch my review above for my full take on this project.
If you go, don’t expect fancy effects and feel-good Broadway razzmatazz. It recounts Sting’s own coming of age in Newcastle, a long-decaying North England port city. To Sting’s considerable credit, the show features a beautiful score in which Sting proves his chops as a composer not just of pop songs but of the range of music needed for a complete show.
Too bad the book by John Logan isn’t up to the same level in this ambitious, downbeat show, a real gamble for Broadway. Have you seen the show yet? Let us know what you think.