June 12, 2014

Broadway: Sting Musical "The Last Ship" Sails and Soars in Super Chicago Launch...

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...

June 06, 2014

Sting musical launches in Chicago before cruising off to Broadway...

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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June 06, 2014

Sting on 'The Last Ship' in Chicago - and the cargo he's been carrying...

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...

June 06, 2014

"Sting: The Last Ship" airing on THIRTEEN in NYC Tonight!

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...

June 04, 2014

Sting embarks on a singular creative voyage, and returns to his roots, with the musical The Last Ship, making its worldwide debut in Chicago this month...

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!"

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