"The message you brought to the world 25 years ago is as important, in fact it’s even more important now as it was then. It is absolutely crucial that the people of the world are again made aware of these growing issues and what we can all do to address them. There are years of hard work ahead for the Rainforest Foundations and other NGOs who work to support these communities but there is also something very simple we can all do. We can listen to this man, my friend, Chief Raoni and his nephew, Chief Megaron, and learn from their experiences. They have valuable lessons about our world from which we can all benefit. Ultimately, this developing, progressing world we live in needs to recognise that these forest communities are not a ‘problem’ but that they are actually an implicit part of the solution to the global problems we now all face….Through upholding histories, we can protect futures." - Sting.

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Sting's Broadway-bound musical The Last Ship explores the songwriter's past while playing an out-of-town tryout in Chicago. It's risky business for a rock music legend to make the leap to Broadway as a musical's lyricist and songwriter. Taboo, by Culture Club's Boy George, and Paul Simon's The Capeman, were no smash hits. After months of postponed openings, U2's Bono and The Edge found uneven success with Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Although he struck out with Lestat, Elton John found success with The Lion King and Billy Elliot. And Cyndi Lauper hit the jackpot when she won a Tony for Kinky Boots. Now, Sting is taking a stab at the Great White Way with his very personal musical, The Last Ship...
On June 30th, July 1st and 2nd, the documentary-movie about The Police, based on Andy Summers autobiography, will be screened on some of the most important cinemas all over Italy. The movie will be released by Minerva Pictures and the full list of cities and cinemas where fans can see 'Can't Stand Losing You' can be found here: www.thespacecinema.it...

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It's going to be a rockin' fall on Broadway if last night in Chicago was any indication. The previews here have begun of "The Last Ship," the gorgeously tuneful musical written by rock star Sting with a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, choreographed by Steven Hoggett and directed by Joe Mantello. "The Last Ship" is already quite sea worthy and built for a long journey. Enough with those metaphors. Truly, once "The Last Ship" is tweaked and polished in this out of town run, the show will be a formidable masterwork when it comes to Broadway this fall for an October opening. For one thing, the songs are delicious - actual songs with brilliant melodies, hooks and lyrics that poetically (and humorously) move along the story of a dying breed of shipbuilders in Newcastle, England...
Growing up in the former shipbuilding town of Wallsend in Northern England, singer-songwriter Sting remembers being terrified by the enormous ships and the apocalyptic noise they would make at launches. "I was born within the shadow of the shipyard. Literally at the end of my street, most of the time was a mighty quarter-of-a-million ton tanker or battleship," said Sting in an October 2013 news conference in Chicago. "It was a huge, surreal, industrial landscape." But now a ship of a different sort has the potential to instill fear in Sting: his first foray as a musical theater composer and lyricist. The Broadway-bound musical "The Last Ship" - inspired by Sting's experiences in Wallsend - launches its world premiere in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre. Previews start Tuesday, June 10, with an official opening slated for Wednesday, June 25...

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Sometime around 2004, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known as Sting, a rock star with 16 Grammys and more than 100 million records sold, found himself with a severe case of writer's block. It wasn't that he stopped touring (he didn't), making money (he still made plenty) or even recording (there were albums of other people's songs and a new symphonic treatment of his past material), but he found, to his chagrin, he could not write any new songs. This went on for some eight years. He was, in the words of writer John Logan, "at an impasse." The title of Sting's intensely personal, strikingly reflective 2003 autobiography, "Broken Music," had proven prophetic...
Fans in the NYC area can tune into THIRTEEN/WNET tonight at 9:30PM/EST for an airing of Great Performances' "Sting: The Last Ship." Check your local listings for information and pledge your support for THIRTEEN with a purchase of "Sting: The Last Ship" on DVD at http://bit.ly/U9GQJS...
During a recent performance in New York, Sting told the story of how, in his shipbuilding hometown of Wallsend, northern England, when a particularly large vessel was finished, the queen would sometimes visit for the christening. On one such occasion, Sting, then a young boy, standing on the side of the road, caught her eye, and she waved to him from her royal limousine. And that, he says, was when he decided: "I didn't want to be on that street. I didn't want to end up working in that shipyard. I wanted to be in that limousine!"
The Last Ship, 16-time Grammy winner Sting's first foray into theater, is no jukebox musical. The project, billed as "a portrait of a community so bound together by passion, faith and tradition, they'll stop at nothing to preserve the only life they've ever known," is an original construct, composed specifically for the stage, with narrative strings tied to the acclaimed singer's childhood - and like many world premieres before it, will debut in Chicago prior to setting sail for New York. Directed by Joe Mantello with a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, The Last Ship will play a 4-week tryout at the Bank of America Theatre, beginning June 10 and continuing through July 13. With tech now underway, the cast and creative team gathered at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on May 27 as the musical, an intimate behemoth steeped in English tones and prickling music, rises from the tide with Broadway in its sights...
The Tony Awards have announced the line-up of performances for the 68th Annual Tony Awards. The 2014 Tony Awards will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on CBS, on Sunday, June 8th 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay) and are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. Sting will perform a song from his upcoming musical, The Last Ship. The entertainment packed evening will also feature performances by 2014 Tony Nominee Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; 2014 Tony nominee Sutton Foster with the cast of Violet; Alan Cumming reprising his Tony Award winning role in a performance from the revival of Cabaret and 2014 Tony Nominee Idina Menzel performing from the new musical If/Then...
Former BBC executive Paul Campbell launched a new company in the United Kingdom in 2007, looking for ways to help musicians find a wider audience for their work. He established a website allowing select unsigned acts to upload their music, sell it - and keep the proceeds. Two years later, Campbell founded a radio station using a playlist built exclusively from the offerings on his site. He further developed his audience by adding a few shows carefully curated by a mix of ex-BBC and up-and-coming DJs. The result: Amazing Media, a powerful promotional machine that has become one of the A&R community's most crucial tools for developing new talent and has helped propel the likes of Chvrches, Daughter and Alt-J to deals with major or independent labels. Now, five years later, Campbell is launching in the United States. He has raised $9 million in funding with backing from investors including Sting, AOL founder Steve Case, producer Billy Mann, music lawyer John Frankenheimer and former EMI CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti. They're joining a board to be run by former Shazam chairman John Pearson...
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