Last Play At Shea: World Premiere

This April, the documentary film Last Play At Shea, produced by Steve Cohen and Nigel Sinclair, in conjunction with Billy Joel’s Maritime Pictures and Spitfire Films, will receive it’s world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, featured as part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports film Festival. The intersecting histories of a landmark stadium, a volatile baseball team, and a music legend are examined in a film that charts the ups and downs of the New York Mets and the life and career of Long Island native Billy Joel. Directed by Paul Crowder, the film is set against the backdrop of New York City, early 60s to present, and the soundtrack of Joel's final Shea concerts in 2008. Last Play At Shea, weaves interviews with players and performers and exclusive concert footage—featuring guests like Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer and Roger Daltrey, among others. Long time Joel friend and former band mate, Jon Small, directed the concert footage, filmed at each of Joel’s sold out Shea Stadium Shows. The shows staged on July 16 and July 18, 2008, before a combined 110,000 fans, were the last performances ever to play the historic stadium. After 45 years, two Mets’ World Series victories, and a concert that introduced the Beatles to America, the last section of Shea Stadium was torn down and replaced by CitiField. As one ardent fan eulogized, “Shea was a dump! But it was our dump!”

Cast & Credits

Primary Cast: Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey, Steven Tyler, Don Henley, Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett, Mike Piazza, Keith Hernandez, Tom Seaver

Director: Paul Crowder, Jon Small (concert footage)

Screenwriter: Mark Monroe

Producer: Steve Cohen, Nigel Sinclair

Executive Producer: Todd Kamelhar, Glen Zipper

Co-Editors: Mike Nichols, Paul Crowder

Director Of Concert Footage: Jon Small







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Re: Last Play At Shea: World Premiere

Robert & Melissa said:

One incredible, memorable, night of our lives!!!
We were there for the final show. The show was awesome!!! Especially after Billy Joel congratulated my fiancee Melissa from the stage, told her to stand on a chair, raise her left hand in the air to show the entire stadium the engagement ring which I had just given to her while in the 5th row during the show. We will NEVER forget it!!! Thank you Billy for all the years of joy you have given to all of us.

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So glad to hear they are doing this. I was at the last concert w/my 16 y.o. son is is also a Billy Joel fan and what a night it was. Having been a Queens girl, METS fan and Billy Joel devotee it was the ultimate experience. The good news was my friend won the tickets and gave them to me since she and a friend had already purchased floor seats months earlier. The bad news was that her tickets were fake and they never got in to see the show...thanks Mary, we had the time of our lives! The DVD should be a blast - can't wait.

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Does anyone know when a DVD of this film will be released.

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Can't wait for the DVD I wanted to go but my mommy and daddy didnt let go sad face Sad but they said the first day it comes out on DVD they are going to get it for me. Smiling

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I saw this show at Shea on July 18, 2008. As a Flushing born girl, and being a Mets and B Joel fan, I literally had the time of my life. Whatta show! Not only was BJ wonderful to hear and see, the bonuses were Garth Brooks, Roger Daltrey, Tony Bennett, and oh... Paul McCartney. Wow... a night to remember. Can't wait to get it on DVD.

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Looking forward to this event! Smiling

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