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...

September 26, 2013

Sting Sings, Knowing There's Much at Stake - Promoting ‘The Last Ship' at the Public Theater...

Sting told a choice anecdote near the close of his concert at the Public Theater on Wednesday night, reaching back to his boyhood in an English shipbuilding town. It was the day of a launching, he recalled, and amid the festive pomp, a Rolls-Royce cruised down the street, bearing the queen. Planted curbside with his mother in his Sunday best, frantically waving a little Union Jack, he was certain that Her Majesty spotted him. And in that moment, as she waved from the motorcade, the provincial boy saw things clearly: "I don't want to be in this street. I don't want to be in that shipyard." Sting, now 61, wearing a form-fitting T-shirt and jeans, waited a beat. "I want to be in that car." With a rakish shrug, he added, "I'm just being honest..."

September 25, 2013

Sting's 'The Last Ship' sets sail, in concert... - USA Today report from the opening concert in NYC...

Who will play Sting on Broadway next year? That was the burning question posed - sort of - Wednesday night at the Public Theater, as the pop veteran launched a 10-night run of benefit concerts introducing songs "inspired by" his first musical, The Last Ship, due to arrive on the Main Stem in fall 2014. Billed as An Evening With Sting: The Last Ship, the show placed the international star in the Public's 260-seat Anspacher Theater, where he explained to an audience including fan-club members and lottery winners how he conceived his virgin project as a musical-theater composer/lyricist. Set in a Northeast England, where he grew up, it features as its hero a man who is, like Sting, the son of a shipyard worker, who leaves his small community and remains "very ambivalent about where he comes from..."

September 24, 2013

''Berthing on Tyneside - Sting's Great New Album'' reports Sting's hometown newspaper, The Journal...

Back to his Wallsend roots - It has been a while but Sting has released a new album of original material. Sting's new album, The Last Ship, brings to an end a famous songwriter's eight-year fallow period, we are told. That really is hard to believe, if only because the man once known as Gordon Sumner always seems to be so busy. The gigging continues relentlessly along with the experimentation and reinterpretation. In 2009 came the studio album 'If On A Winter's Night...' which ushered age-old folk songs and lullabies into the 21st Century. There was a memorable gig at Durham Cathedral...


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