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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September 23, 2013

An Evening With Sting - The Last Ship - Live at The Public Theater...

Sting's new album, The Last Ship, will be available in the US tomorrow and to celebrate the album's release, Sting will begin a limited 10-night concert series this Wednesday to benefit The Public Theater in New York City. Running through October 9 in the intimate Anspacher Theater, these performances will offer insight into the creative process of both the new album and his forthcoming play of the same name, which will debut in Chicago in June 2014, prior to its premiere on Broadway in the fall of 2014. A limited number of benefit tickets are still available at www.publictheater.org/content/view/296 and for a complete list of show dates, please visit sting.com/tour/index/...

September 22, 2013

The Last Ship - Featuring an Original Score by 16-Time Grammy Award® Winner STING - WILL OPEN ON BROADWAY Fall 2014 PRE-BROADWAY WORLD PREMIERE AT CHICAGO'S BANK OF AMERICA THEATRE Jun 10-Jul 13, 2014

Producers Jeffrey Seller and Kathryn Schenker announced today that THE LAST SHIP, with an original score by 16-time Grammy Award® winner Sting, will open on Broadway in the fall of 2014, following a pre-Broadway World Premiere from Tuesday, June 10 - Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre. An epic yet intimate tale inspired by Sting's own childhood experiences, this World Premiere production features direction by two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), a book by Tony Award® winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) and choreography by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award® Nominee Steven Hoggett (Once)...


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