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First Nighter: Sting in "The Last Ship," Barney Josephson and "Café Society Swing"

David Finkle | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

In his first-rate autobiographical musical The Last Ship, Sting -- also Gordon Sumner, son of a ship builder -- has come full circle, after a fashion.

Rooting for The Last Ship and Applauding MTC

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.24.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Two things happened in theater yesterday that had me thinking -- The New York Times reported Sting was going into The Last Ship, which he wrote the score for, and The Country House closed.

Sting's the Last Ship: The Prodigal Son Returns

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.26.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

At its core, The Last Ship poses a religious quest for redemption: Father Jim (Fred Applegate) hears Gideon's confession of sins of the flesh, drink, and foul talk. But hey, this father has a few foibles of his own.

Sweet Meets, Sweet Treats

George Heymont | Posted 11.01.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Although many of these stories are marketed to the public for the upswing of the story cycle (when two people meet and start to feel all tingly about each other), they often fail to mention the downside of the story.

Aisle View: Rock 'em Sock 'em

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

It turns out that Rocky is better than the Spider-Man, by several notches in the proverbial heavyweight belt. The Cinderella story, such as it is, is durable; and the sure-to-be-much-talked-about staging of the climactic boxing match more or less delivers the punch of excitement required.

First Nighter: Tennessee Williams's Memorable Glass Menagerie, William Inge's Forgettable Natural Affection

David Finkle | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

It was when Tennessee Williams took him to see The Glass Menagerie that William Inge decided to become a playwright -- very much influenced, as it turned out, by his pal.

Guess Who's Doing A Broadway Musical?!

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Singer-songwriter Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" will sail onto a Broadway stage after a stop in Chicago. Producers said Thursd...

Green Day's American Idiot Underscores Broadway's Current Non-Star Practices

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Box-office magnets like American Idiot will keep coming alongside shows with someone like Nathan Lane and whatever gobsmacking star salary he gets.