Sting Sings With Cast At Musical Premiere

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June 27, 2014 | 7:26am EST

Veteran rocker Sting took to the stage to sing with the cast on the opening night of his new musical The Last Ship in Chicago, Illinois.
The Police star’s show opened at the city’s Bank of America Theater on Wednesday ahead of its planned Broadway debut in October, and the rocker was in the audience with his wife Trudie Styler.
At the end of the performance, Sting took to the stage for the curtain call and led the cast in a song, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Other stars who turned out for the musical’s opening included Paul Simon, James Taylor, Styx singer Dennis DeYoung and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson.
The show received mixed reviews from critics, who questioned whether the production, set in a doomed shipyard in Sting’s hometown in the north of England, could draw in audiences on Broadway.
Steven Oxman of variety writes, “Do you want to live for two-and-a-half hours in a beautifully sad song?… The show currently works as a collection of songs in search of a complete story, or perhaps as a concept album – filled with mood and emotion and character and sensibility, but swaying as it takes on specifics. What seems to be missing is a driving conflict.”
The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones adds, “(Many) scenes… still have the air of a semi-staged concept album… The Last Ship already is a worthy and earnest musical, but we know how Broadway loves to take those down. Just look at last season.”
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Business Journal concludes, “Most of the theater crowds in the early going at least will probably have come to hear Sting’s music for the show. Fans of his work may find that much of it sounds familiar and pleasant to hear performed in a theatrical setting. But hardcore theater buffs will soon realize Sting’s style of music – for the most part – simply doesn’t sit comfortably in a big Broadway musical context.”