The Last Ship sailed months ago but Sting and his Tony-nominated score live on. Another chance to hear it — near, if not precisely on Broadway — comes up Tuesday, May 19, when it will be performed by the figurehead himself, and it’s even for a great cause: He will sing songs from the show at the Heath at the McKittrick Hotel (home of the long-running environmental-slash-immersive-slash-meet-market Sleep No More). Proceeds from the two shows — at 7 and 10 p.m. — will benefit The Actors Fund. Mr. Sumner will be joined by special guest and Sting BFF Jimmy Nail, as well as band members from The Last Ship’s original Broadway orchestra, including the musical director, Tony nominee Rob Mathes. Check out sting.com for info.
The celebrated monologist James Lecesne will reprise his acclaimed off-off-Broadway play The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey in a limited 12-week run at the Westside Theatre near Times Square. The work, which features music by Spring Awakening and American Psycho composer Duncan Sheik, earned amazing notices earlier this year at Dixon Place. It’s slated to begin previews July 9 and open on the 23rd.
Lecesne portrays every character in a small Jersey-shore town as they confront the mysterious disappearance of the title character, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant 14 year-old boy. The playwright/actor wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award winning short film Trevor, which inspired the founding of the organization, The Trevor Project. Lecesne has created several highly praised solo shows, including Word of Mouth, which was presented by Mike Nichols and Elaine May and directed by Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues).