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The Last Ship

Members say: Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting
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A new musical set in an English seafaring town, featuring songs by Sting and inspired by his own life as a boy.

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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.

 

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65
Banal, Cliched, Great singing, Earnest, Poor script/weak lyrics

See it if you love Sting's music. Rousing songs well-sung. The book is a mess, tho, both the plot and dialogue. Choreog disappoints (all stomping)

Don't see it if you want a sophisticated musical. This needs more attn to the writing. The actors can't pull off the weak material. Still, not a disaster.

Also I'm going back to review shows I saw before joining Show Score. The La... Read more Read less

74
Slow, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to take a guy to the theatre that doesn't really like theatre! It's a fun evening with a bunch of great songs and a solid story.

Don't see it if you are looking for a masterpiece of a show. It is definitely flawed but most everyone will still have a good time.

84
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

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

80
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.

59
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you're a Sting fan.

Don't see it if you want to see a compelling show.

80
Cliched, Fun, Big, Better than expected

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

72
Epic, Disappointing, Overrated, Great singing

See it if You want a slightly sad story about a community refusing to modernize, but great cast including Sting

Don't see it if You need to be invested in the story; I couldn't help getting frustrated that this town would spend so many resources on an unwanted ship

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing

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.

95
Ambitious, Masterful, Profound, Romantic, Great staging

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

49
Ambitious, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you're a hardcore sting fan, and have connections to Irish stories.

Don't see it if you're expecting grand, thought-provoking theatre. This was a bit of a disappointment.

80
Original, Refreshing, Riveting, Underrated

See it if You want something original and different from everything else out there. Sting's music is wonderful.

Don't see it if Time jumps confuse you.

30
Indulgent, Banal, Insipid, Slow, Absurd

See it if You are a big Sting fan, and are good at completely suspending disbelief in the name of emotional arcs.

Don't see it if You are unable to completely shut down your brain while watching a show, leading you to realize how laughably ridiculous the plot is.

80
Original, Entertaining, Great music, Great singing, Great staging

See it if like the music of Sting.

Don't see it if you don't like father-son relationships.

80
Ambitious, Refreshing, Indulgent, Slow, Great music

See it if you want to see something original with music by Sting (I also saw him in the show and it really added to the experience).

Don't see it if you're expecting a Sting jukebox musical.

60
Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Slow, Great staging

See it if you like Sting and watching him avoid everyone in the cast during the dance sequences, shipyards and plot points from a mile away thrill you

Don't see it if you like shows that are memorable; the music was decent but nothing really stood out. And another show with a 100-1 man-woman ratio.

81
Ambitious, Overrated, Slow, 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

80
Original, Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You love Sting's music, no matter how it's conveyed.

Don't see it if You are expecting a jukebox musical or a more straightforward, interesting story.

65
Cliched, Predictable, Slow, Great singing, Uninspired staging

See it if You like relatively simple romantic triangle plots seasoned with a few very well sung sea shanties and a sprinkling of sting reprises.

Don't see it if You expect an original take on the standard romantic pull and tug between a woman and two men.

64
Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent, Cliched, Great staging

See it if You love Sting's music - beautiful score but ultimately a bit of a mess. The book is pretty terrible. Cliched and predictable.

Don't see it if You're looking for an even, well told story. Suffered in a large Broadway house, would've been better as an intimate piece.

84
Original, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, 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.

75
Resonant, Banal

See it if like Sting!

Don't see it if You aren't sentimental

49
Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Clunky

See it if You like Sting or The Police or if you have a lot of time to kill. Otherwise...

Don't see it if You like to be surprised by musicals' plots.. And if you want deja vu, just sub in the working class men of Billy Elliot for the men here.

88
Ambitious, Refreshing, Riveting, Entertaining

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.

80
Great acting, Cliched, Great staging, Musically delicious

See it if you enjoy thoughty musical theatre with an English working man/historical basis, a la Billy Elliot, Kinky Boots, etc. & Sting's music.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Sting or prefer lots of action in your shows.

60
Boring, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of Sting.

Don't see it if you like good music and characters that act in character.