Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Hello again interweb! It has been a while since I’ve posted- but it has also been a while since you have read or commented so how about we call it even and move forward, ey? Speaking of “ey” – The new musical “The Last Ship” is about to take the Broadway scene by storm. Seems pretty standard, right? Wrong! This musical was composed by 16 time Grammy Award Winning Sting, who is just one piece to this talent packed creative team. Oh, but back to “ey”, it is set in the English seafaring town Wallsend… “ey”.

I just got back into the Box Office starting at the beginning of the month and our days are already so full with ticket sales, client calls, group jokes, and bagels. Our office has developed a thing for bagels. I’m sorry I have been MIA for the past few months but I have literally been in MIA working as a drama camp counselor! It was fun and exhausting and goofy and frustrating but overall a great experience. I am however so happy to be back here at the Coral Springs Center and working with my Box Office ladies. Besides eating bagels and schmear the other things we can’t get enough of are the “The Last Ship” releases.

According to the show’s homepage the basic plot line is this:

“A close-knit community where life has always revolved around the local shipyard and the hardworking men who 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 15 years later, he finds the shipyard’s future in grave danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else.”

Sounds to me like mix between Kinky Boots, The Lion King, and Billy Elliot (but that’s more just because of the accents and costume color palettes). However it seems to be less comedic and more dramatic, shedding light on the struggles the entire shipping building industry in England has faced.

… But for real though the color palette. I do have to say that I am definitely interested in how this show will do. Something about that first preview just sucked me in and no it was not the Wendy’s commercial girl. Do you think it’s really her? The song is very Les Mis-One Day More-power anthem-esque and considering it is music and lyrics are by Sting I wouldn’t doubt that most of the other songs will get to you too.

The show was tested out this Summer in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre and received overall positive reviews. However, most everyone said it’s there, but it’s just not right yet. My guess is with all the experience behind the creative team  the show will be polished and sewn up tight come opening night at the Neil Simon Theatre.

At about 2:00 you will see Sting performing one of the songs. The rest of the creative team features  direction by two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), a book by Tony Award® winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), and choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Once).

I usually try to get up to New York at least once between September and December and “The Last Ship” will definitely be a contender for the weekend’s lineup. I’ll keep you posted with any other info!