Sting’s ‘The Last Ship’ opens
Sting officially opened his musical “The Last Ship” on Sunday at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York. The pop star not only wrote the show’s songs, which can be found on his 2013 album of the same title, but used his life as a template to tell its quasi-autobiographical story of romance set against tough economic times.
“The Last Ship,” which debuted earlier this year in Chicago, stars actor Michael Esper as Gideon Fletcher, a young man who returns to his working-class town in northeast England. The musical follows two plotlines – the growing labor unrest among the town’s shipbuilders, and a romantic conflict between Gideon and his former girlfriend.
Report of Nelson’s death a hoax
Reports of Judd Nelson’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Despite rumors that swept the Internet on Sunday morning, the “Breakfast Club” star is alive and well, his manager and agent told the Los Angeles Times.
Agent Gregg Klein even hustled to Nelson’s home Sunday morning to take a photo of the actor with the front page of Sunday’s newspaper. Klein was to the point when he answered the Times’ query about Nelson’s status: “Reports of Judd Nelson’s death are not accurate please see attached photo.”
A Web page with a URL masquerading as Fox News seems to have touched off the frenzy with a story saying the Brat Pack member was found dead Saturday night in a West Hollywood condominium.
‘Honey Boo Boo’ victim revealed
The eldest daughter of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” matriarch June Shannon has revealed she was the child molested by Mark McDaniel, the convicted sex offender whose reported new relationship with Shannon caused TLC to cancel the hit reality show.
The network said Friday it has “ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority.” The show starred Shannon and her four daughters, including child-pageant contender Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson. Eldest child Anna Marie “Chickadee” Cardwell, 20, told People magazine Saturday that McDaniel, 53, “would try and touch me and all that stuff” when she was 8.
Falletta may be up for Grammy
JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, shared the happy news on her Facebook page that two of her recordings are included on the ballot for possible nomination for the Grammy Awards.
One of the CDs is with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. It is the Symphony No. 3 of Reinhold Gliere, the massive work that the BPO performed at Carnegie Hall in 2013 and later recorded for Naxos. News Arts Editor Jeff Simon praised this recording lavishly earlier this year, writing that it was among the BPO’s greatest achievements.
The other disc, also on the Naxos label, is a recording of the music of Kenneth Fuchs that Falletta made with the London Symphony Orchestra. The central work on that disc is “Falling Man,” inspired by the World Trade Center attack. The nominations are scheduled to be announced Dec. 5.