October 11, 2013

Sting sails into Chicago to promote 'Last Ship'...

Sting and actor Jimmy Nail performed songs from "The Last Ship" at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago Friday. The two were promoting Sting's album of the same name and the fact that Chicago will host the pre-Broadway world premiere of "The Last Ship" at the Bank of America Theatre from June 10 to July 13, 2014. Whenever the 17-time Grammy Award-winning pop superstar Sting plays the Chicago area, it's typically in huge venues like Soldier Field or Rosemont's Allstate Arena. But on Friday, Sting played the comparatively tiny Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place for an exclusive hourlong concert and chat session to promote his forthcoming Broadway musical "The Last Ship," which will make its pre-Broadway world premiere run in Chicago starting June 10 at the Bank of America Theatre...


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October 11, 2013

InTheStudio.NET - Sting on The Last Ship - 16-Time Grammy Award Winner Discusses His First Album of Original Music in a Decade...

InTheStudio.NET, the web home for North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands features STING on his new album The Last Ship. The album, his first of original music in a decade, is inspired by his forthcoming play of the same name, which will debut in Chicago in June 2014 before premiering on Broadway in the fall of 2014. Growing up beside the Swan Hunters shipyard in Wallsend near Newcastle, England, Sting's family and community were intrinsically tied to the local shipbuilding industry. As a child, he watched thousands of men make their way to the Swan Hunters for work each morning, and wondered if he too was destined for the shipyard...

October 10, 2013

Fan Feedback to The Public Theater Benefit Concerts...

Thank you Sting, for your efforts to bring something so original & personal to the Broadway stage. The album tracks from 'The Last Ship' & the run of shows at the Public Theater make it clear that is shaping up to be something far more than the typical rock star jukebox musical or film adaptations that have cluttered the stage in recent years. The chance to hear the stories that inspired the songs & the rare glimpse into the creative process - seeing these songs performed while the show itself is still in development & while new material is still being created was all such a wonderfully unique opportunity, not only for your fanbase, but for anyone fortunate enough to score a ticket. I also greatly appreciated the visual elements of the concert, from the poles made to look like the masts of a ship & the images of ships being built & the impact of the industry on your hometown. I grew up in the shadows of monolithic grain elevators that to this day stand as reminders of the backbreaking work my ancestors, Irish immigrants on the Buffalo waterfront, did for many years, shortly after arriving in this country. I think that the story that you're hoping to tell with your characters & their desire to build this "last ship," not for investors but for themselves & their humanity, is one that will resonate with audiences well outside of Wallsend. Wishing all involved with the production fair winds & following seas! - Shawn Farrell
For more fan feedback of the Public Theatre concerts read on...


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October 09, 2013

Sting Tries Musical Theater With 'Last Ship'... reports the Associated Press

There's an eerie truth to a song on Sting's new album, "The Last Ship." "Dead Man's Boots" tells the story of a father passing a job to his son that the boy simply doesn't want. In a way, that story parallels the musician's life. Born in the English shipbuilding town of Wallsend, Sting clearly wanted no part of the industry, instead attending university to become a teacher. But that wasn't enough, so two years later he made an even bolder move: to pursue a career in music. "There were no clues in my environment that you leave that environment and fare well and be successful. My parents didn't really understand what my dreams were, they just thought I was crazy, because I had just given up a job with a pension and the security, in their eyes," he said...


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October 05, 2013

Sting Steers Musical for Broadway - Former Police Frontman Primes 'The Last Ship' With Concerts and Album...

With a run of concerts at the Public Theater, Sting is putting more pieces in place for the launch of a Broadway musical called "The Last Ship." To compose the score, the former Police frontman drew on characters and imagery from the doomed shipyard in his hometown of Wallsend, England. The musical, which Sting is developing with a squad of theater elite, starts a tryout run this summer in Chicago before opening on Broadway next fall. Sting is hoping to prime interest in the musical with his 10-concert series at the Public, which ends on Wednesday. During the intimate show, which also features vocalists such as cast member Jimmy Nail, Sting plays acoustic guitar and sings in a thick brogue, voicing various characters. He is accompanied by a small band that includes fiddle and accordion players. Between songs that blend Broadway anthems with folk sounds from the British Isles, he tells anecdotes from his childhood and the process of creating a musical...


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October 04, 2013

Sting: The Guy Who Has It All Figured Out... reports The Huffington Post

Last Saturday, I had the distinct privilege of meeting Sting. Many people think he's just about the coolest guy on the planet, still others are sure he's a prima donna (after all, he is a celebrity). Well, I'm here to tell you exactly who this guy is... At The Public Theater in New York City (a unique historic venue for artists of all types), Sting has been performing his new CD titled The Last Ship, which will also appear on Broadway as a musical next year. The premise is based on the local shipbuilding industry in the town of Wallsend, England, where Sting lived as a boy...


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September 27, 2013

Sting Leans on Childhood Memories for 'The Last Ship': Concert Review...

Taking the stage in the first of 10 sold-out performances at New York City's 260-seat Anspacher Theater at The Public, the evening was an opportunity to both promote Sting's new album and debut the musical's songs, as he put it, "Before I turn them over to the actors." Incredibly fit at 61, with his blond tufts now turned to a salt-and-pepper buzzcut, Sting looked more like Steven Berkoff for John Varvatos in his casual but clearly expensive white T-shirt and faded blue demin. Backed by a 14-piece band - that included five backing vocalists, two fiddle players, one accordionist, a drummer, bassist, guitarist, two actors (Jimmy Nail and Jo Lawry) and his musical director Rob Mathes on piano and acoustic guitar - the former Gordon Sumner captivated the room with his presence. But it was his music that truly stood out in an evening of songs and spoken word. Think: Behind The Music: Sting Goes to Broadway...

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