by Sting, Lorne Campbell, John Logan and Brian Yorkey (Mirvish). Sting stars in his new musical about a man who returns to his community amid the demise of its shipbuilding industry. Previews from Feb 9, opens Feb 19 and runs to Mar 24, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $35-$250. mirvish.com
Stings pet project, an ambitious musical set against Britains deindustrialization in the 1980s, is an awkward mixture of earnest storytelling, uneven songs and flat-out pretension. The actors (including Sting himself) are decent, and there are some memorable songs, including the melancholy title waltz. But thats not enough to keep this dreary show afloat.
NN (Glenn Sumi)
Location - Princess of Wales Theatre