New York | 2h 30m | Already closed

The Last Ship

From 106 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

About the show

A new musical set in an English seafaring town, featuring songs by Sting and inspired by his own life as a boy. More…

Life in the English seafaring town of Wallsend has always revolved around the local shipyard, where the hardworking men of this close-knit community construct magnificent vessels with 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 fourteen years later, he finds the shipyard’s future in grave danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else.

2h 30m | Already closed | Neil Simon Theatre (Midtown W)

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love Sting and his work. I wish this show hadn't closed!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals written by rockstars

Ambitious, Funny, Epic, Must see, Romantic

See it if you love Sting, you loved Billy Elliot, you love a working class British show, you have a high tolerance for bar scenes and haunting music.

Don't see it if you hate beautiful music, you've already seen too many bar scenes, you can't stand intensely British things.

Ambitious, Great staging, Masterful, Profound, Romantic

See it if you're a Sting fan, or an Anglophile, you like the thought of men dancing with flaming, sparking welding tools - or just want to be moved

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Sting tunes, you want it all happy and peppy

Riveting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you possibly can. I cannot understand why this closed. I think it is one of the best musicals of recent seasons.

Don't see it if you might not be able to find it, but if you do, GO!

Absorbing, Great acting, Passionate

See it if you appreciate an artist pouring all of his passion into a musical and inspiring an awesome cast to do the same.

Don't see it if you don't care for Sting's music.

Must see, Great staging, Great writing, Original, Masterful

See it if you love: really good music, dancing, and an original story. Sting's music is amazing!

Don't see it if you have no interest in the problems of the English working class in the 1980s.

Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want a heartbreaking story with pitch-perfect performances. The music by Sting will stay with you forever

Don't see it if You don't want to cry or need a flashier production

Entertaining, Ambitious, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if You want to see a new musical, while about an odd topic, had wonderful music and a moving story. The set was very impressive.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Sting's music.

Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy, Original

See it if you want to hear a fantastic score delivered by a fantastic group of actors

Don't see it if you don't like sting's style of music

Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Fluffy, Intelligent

See it if you are a fan of Sting's music or like shows that will tug at your heartstrings. The storyline will move you to tears.

Don't see it if closed already, but it was honestly the best show I've ever seen (and I've seen Hamilton and DEH).

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want to see an intelligent, original musical, with a great score by Sting; unfortunately was underrated during its all too short run

Don't see it if you are not a fan of smart, serious musicals, or only want to see things with happy endings and tons of laughs.

Great singing, Absorbing, Underrated, Fred applegate was hilarious!, Story a bit contrived

See it if you want to see what life was like in the shipbuilding town where Sting grew up

Don't see it if you can't get over that some elements of the story were manipulated to fit Sting's existing songbook

Also I knew little about this show going into it and I don't think it got i... Read more Read less

Original, Must see, Clever, Romantic, Profound

See it if you like great stories that are not really flashy.

Don't see it if if you are looking for fluffy.

Entertaining, Indulgent, Romantic, Riveting, Original

See it if You enjoy the stylings of Sting. The music was very clearly written by him upon listening to it (which I loved). Such a wonderful show.

Don't see it if You don't, in fact, like Sting. The show is roughly based on his life and his style is sprinkled throughout. Give it a chance anyways.

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Original, Relevant

See it if You Love liked, the full Monty or Billy Elliott Similar with regards to working class of England.

Don't see it if Don't like Sting. He wrote all music and story is based on his life

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like stories of how people have to fight for certain rights/things. The music by Sting was quite good.

Don't see it if n/a

Original, Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Underrated

See it if you enjoy shows with original music. Or if you are a fan of Sting and his music.

Don't see it if you are looking for an old school musical with lots of dance numbers.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Cliched

See it if Very good acting and singing.

Don't see it if The story was superimposed on the music

Ambitious, Slow, Overrated, Some good music

See it if Show was a bit plodding. Story was familiar, did not bring out any particular characters. Story of the decline of another industry.

Don't see it if You want something bright and cheerful, you want to come out humming a happy tune

Ambitious, Cliched, Underrated, Great acting, Great direction

See it if a straightforward, prodigal-son-comes home story appeals to you.

Don't see it if you want your show to break new ground; this doesn't. But the music, direction, and performances were all standouts. Very worthwhile show.

Absorbing, Great singing

See it if you like an interesting story with great music. Even if you're not a fan of Sting, there's a lot to enjoy.

Don't see it if you dislike traditional musicals. No real surprises in this.

Fun, Big, Better than expected, Cliched

See it if You enjoy musicals and bittersweet stories - cliches yes - but they play around with them in a good way

Don't see it if Big shows

Also I thought I would hate it but no I loved it. The story was compelling ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Great music, Underrated, Original

See it if if you like Sting (I saw him in the show which was a bonus); if you enjoy a moving story, English working class themes & poignant characters

Don't see it if if you don't like Sting. If you are looking for action, light-hearted stories with happy endings.

Entertaining, Cliched, Original music

See it if You want to see a solid first musical by Sting with a simple, yet interesting, story setting (and it goes on tour)

Don't see it if You want a modern, unique storyline, or a Sting concert. It really is a musical!

Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are interested in revolutionary, but modern-like stories about pursuing your dreams and your loves.

Don't see it if You are picky about scene work or choreography.

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