The Last Play at Shea

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The Last Play at Shea
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Directed by Paul Crowder
Produced by Nigel Sinclair
Steve Cohen
Todd Kamelhar
Greg Whiteley
Glen Zipper
Written by Mark Monroe
Narrated by Alec Baldwin
Cinematography Roderick A. Santiano
Production
company
Diamond Docs
Maritime Motion Pictures
Music Mix Mobile
Spitfire Pictures
Distributed by Newmarket Films
Release dates
  • April 26, 2010 (2010-04-26) (Tribeca)
  • October 21, 2010 (2010-10-21) (United States)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Last Play at Shea is a 2010 documentary film written by Mark Monroe, directed by Paul Crowder, produced by Steve Cohen and Nigel Sinclair, in conjunction with Billy Joel's Maritime Pictures and Spitfire Films.[1] The film is centered on Billy Joel's 2008 concerts of the same name that occurred at Shea Stadium. The shows were staged on July 16 and 18, 2008, before a combined 110,000 fans, and were the last performances ever to play the historic stadium before it was demolished.[1] The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26, 2010. The film was released on DVD on February 8, 2011. The CD and DVD from the show were released on March 8, 2011 by Sony.[2]

The film premiered on August 21, 2010 at Citi Field, Shea Stadium's successor, in front of around 20,000 moviegoers.[3][4] Earlier that day, Joel watched it himself and there was an announcement from him that he liked it and said "I haven't puked from it," which was shown right before the film.[5][6][7]

Synopsis[edit]

The 90-minute film uses historical footage and animation. It uses the concerts to tell a broader story of Shea Stadium's history and how that related to changes that occurred in American suburban life and how they affected Long Island and Billy Joel. The film reveals several previously unknown facts.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Last Play At Shea: World Premiere". Billyjoel.com. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Live at Shea Stadium (2 CD /1 DVD): Billy Joel: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Brand, Dana. "The Citi Field Premiere of Billy Joel's "Last Play at Shea"". Billyjoel.com. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ Thousands at 'Shea' to screen Joel documentary. Newsday. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  6. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (July 27, 2010). "'Last Play at Shea' documentary tells stadium's story". Newsday. Retrieved July 31, 2010.
  7. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (July 27, 2010). "Billy Joel documentary on Shea concert gets August date". Newsday. Retrieved July 31, 2010.

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