We saw “The Last Ship” in Chicago last night. It was surprisingly good. Very good, in fact.

We saw “The Last Ship” in Chicago last night. It was surprisingly good. Very good, in fact.

I’ve been a Sting fan for several decades, so we got tickets just because it seems unlikely that he’s ever going to rise in popularity again enough to do a big tour. I’d listened to previews of the music in advance and I thought it was so-so, thus I expected the show would be similarly OK-but-not-great. But instead the production holistically was a big win. The set is truly remarkable — simple, but extremely flexible and very mood-invoking. The choreography was clever and quite amusing in several places. And the songs fit into the story very well, including some old Sting songs that had subtly-changed lyrics (notably Island of Souls and When We Dance).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Ship_(musical)