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Kenny Garrett

REVIEW: Kenny Garrett, 'Do Your Dance!,' Mack Avenue Records >>

'Do Your Dance!' (Mack Avenue) is yet another chapter of a book long unfinished traversing Kenny Garrett's time in the Mercer Ellington Orchestra, the Five Peace Band with Chick Corea and John McLaughlin, his apprenticeships in the bands of Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Donald Byrd, Miles Davis and as an international phenomenon both solo and with Sting. Most Garrett CDs are among the best of the year. This is no exception.

Sting and Trudie Styler Auction Paintings and Other Effects From London Home at Christie's

Sting and Trudie Styler Auction Paintings and Other Effects From London Home at Christie's >>

Going to auction at Christie's are more than 200 artworks owned by Sting and Trudie Styler, who recently sold their London home for £19 million. Of the items to be sold are a Steinway piano and pieces from Picasso, Matisse and several other artists.

Sting's 'The Last Ship' Nominated Best Original Score and Orchestration for 2015 Tonys, Receives Additional Drama Desk Notes

Sting's 'The Last Ship,' Nominated for 2015 Tonys and Drama Desks, Now Docking at McKittrick Hotel? >>

While it may not have had a long run at Broadway's Neil Simon, Sting's 'The Last Ship' has received a well-deserved D.P. from Tony--for Best Original Score and for Best Orchestration, that is. Named Best Musical of 2014 by 'USA Today,' alas, Gordy's tale of ship-building woe-cum-triumph fell victim to a bad Broadway season, or at least the months where most musicals struggle to stay afloat. Too bad, so sad, shoulda called Robert Wyatt, maybe?

Valiant Effort: Sting's 'The Last Ship' Closes Jan. 24, Awkwardly Claps the Night Away

Sting's 'The Last Ship' to Close Jan. 24 >>

Despite a most valiant effort by ex-Policeman Sting, his autobiographical "The Last Ship" has decided to shut its door this month. Faced with an indifferent audience in the cruelest months of the year, the $15 million fledgling could not take off. With its last performance Saturday, Jan. 24, January proved to be the ax that slashed the performance for a final time. Despite the singer-songwriter donning the lead role, according to "Deadline," it just did not prove to be enough. The play, set in a faltering shipyard in Sting's hometown in northeast England, had its moments of jaunty tunes and upbeat jigs, but its dark subject matter did not inspire patrons to spread the word. Sadly, that is probably what claimed the musical in the end. This comes after Sting had reluctantly let his best friend, Jimmy Nail, go since he was unable to adequately draw audiences into the main character, Jackie White. As of now, the play is likely to close at a loss.

The Lion King

Boost in Broadway Ticket Sales This Holiday Season >>

The holidays mean big money for Broadway producers. This season, 19 of the current 26 shows broke the $1 million mark for the week with almost 30,000 more people attending shows than last Christmas. The Broadway League says the shows pulled in $40,993,950 for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 28, better than the same week last year when 30 shows attracted $38,783,854. Also, attendance is on the rise from 290,386 in 2013 to 318,721 this year. The mild New York winter weather and Christmas falling on a Thursday may all be helpful factors in the increase in attendance. With a boost in celebrity casting in Broadway shows being another reason for people attending the theater, performances sans celebrities are holding their own. Despite having Hugh Jackman in "The River," Bradley Cooper in "The Elephant Man" and Sting in "The Last Ship" all onstage toward the end of the year, and "The Book of Mormon" hardly slowing down at all this year, an old favorite was once again king of Broadway in 2014. Disney's "The Lion King" set a weekly record at the Minskoff Theatre with a nine-performance haul of $2,885,321. The Disney favorite remains Broadway's highest-grossing show of the year for the second time in a row, despite six other shows having higher average ticket prices.

Adorable 6-Year-Old Interviews Sting and His Recent Performance in the Autobiographical Suite 'The Last Ship'

Adorable 6-Year-Old Interviews Sting and His Recent Performance in the Autobiographical Suite 'The Last Ship' >>

In an era where hyper-famous stars like Ariana Grande are rumored to resent their fans and walk out in the middle of photo shoots, legends like Sting invite their fans backstage for exclusive interviews--even if they are 6-years-old.

UPDATE Sting Dons Lead Role in Fledgling Broadway Musical 'The Last Ship' Tonight, Dec. 9

UPDATE Sting Dons Lead Role in Fledgling Broadway Musical 'The Last Ship' Tonight, Dec. 9 >>

Tonight, Sting heeds the SOS call from his floundering Broadway production,"The Last Ship" and joins the cast stepping into the role of Jackie White. He replaces the original performer, Jimmy Nail, who was the 16-time Grammy winner's best friend.

Sting at the Tony Awards

Sting Announces He Will Join the Cast of 'The Last Ship' on Broadway >>

The composer/lyricist and rock legend will join the cast for five weeks starting December 9.

Sting at the Tony Awards

Sting Wrestles to Keep His Broadway Musical 'The Last Ship' Afloat >>

Foregoes royalties, boosts backstage morale, may join cast.

The Last Ship

REVIEW: Sting's 'The Last Ship' on Broadway >>

This sweeping, artfully told story about the working class has the scope and drama that the big Broadway musical has traditionally been all about.

Lou Reed

Nominees For 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announced, Including The Smiths, Lou Reed, Green Day, NIN, Sting, Kraftwerk >>

The nominees for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced, including The Smiths, the late Lou Reed and Sting — as a solo act. Also included in the 15 nominees are bands you may not believe have even been around that long, like Green Day, or Nine Inch Nails.

Sting at the Tony Awards

Sting and 'The Last Ship' Star Michael Esper in Social Media Q&A >>

The composer and the star of the new Broadway musical will answer fans' questions via Twitter and a new video social app called Weev on October 15.

Patricia McBride

Ballerina Patricia McBride to Receive Kennedy Center Honors With Tom Hanks, Sting, Al Green and Lily Tomlin >>

Ballerina Patricia McBride will be recognized at the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors alongside Tom Hanks, Sting, Al Green and Lily Tomlin.

Sting at the Tony Awards

Sting's Broadway-Bound New Musical 'The Last Ship' Opens Chicago Run Next Week >>

The semi-autobiographical show is set to move to Broadway in the fall.

Neil Patrick Harris in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' on Broadway

Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Cumming, Idina Menzel and Sting to Perform at 2014 Tony Awards >>

Hugh Jackman hosts a music-heavy lineup that includes pop stars, cast performances and previews.

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