There are plenty of memorable tunes to match the high production values of Northern Stage’s The Last Ship. However, despite having its heart firmly affixed to its sleeve, the production never quite achieves the emotional resonance it so clearly seeks.
Packed full of humanity and defiance, if a trifle long, The Last Ship is an impressive first show from pop legend Sting.
For the most part, Sting’s The Last Ship is a thing of beauty. The Geordie songwriter/pop megastar has penned a well-crafted salute to the shipbuilders of his native Newcastle Upon Tyne and their industry that has long vanished.
Joe McGann will replace Jimmy Nail as Jackie White when Sting’s Broadway musical The Last Ship receives its UK premiere this spring. Further principal casting has also been announced today for the new production, which opens at Northern Stage on 12 March 2018 for four weeks ahead of a major UK and Ireland tour.
Frasier star Kelsey Grammer will make his London stage debut this November, taking on the lead role of ‘Edward Bloom’ in a new production of John August and Andrew Lippa’s Broadway hit BIG FISH THE MUSICAL.
I’ll go anywhere for Alexandra Gilbreath and given that The Rover had the added bonus of Joseph Millson, the trip was a no-brainer.