June 22, 2014

As one of the world’s most successful rock stars, he has risen from an impoverished childhood to amass a huge fortune - Daily Mail interview...

Why my children will not be inheriting my £180million fortune: Sting wants his sons and daughters to earn their way (and says he's spending all his money anyway). As one of the world's most successful rock stars, he has risen from an impoverished childhood to amass a huge fortune. Now Sting has made it clear that his children will also have to earn their own way and should not expect to benefit from his £180 million earnings. In a frank interview in today's Mail on Sunday Event magazine, the former Police frontman said he expected his three sons and three daughters to work, and added that there would not be much left to inherit anyway...

June 19, 2014

Sting navigates the waters of Broadway musicals with 'The Last Ship'...

Sting vividly recalls walking out the door of his childhood home in Wallsend, a shipbuilding town on the northeastern coast of England, and being confronted by the massive form of one of the vessels whose construction was the lifeblood of an entire community from the 1860s until the shipyard was closed in 2007. "You'd watch this great hulking thing rise up over time, and then it would be set out to sea, and the whole process would start all over again," recalled the singer-songwriter who forged his career as a member of the new wave rock band, The Police, and then went on to work as a solo performer whose music has incorporated elements of rock, jazz, reggae, new-age, worldbeat and classical (from the English Renaissance composer John Dowland to Prokofiev and Kurt Weill). Along the way he also picked up 16 Grammy Awards and sold close to 100 million records...

June 14, 2014

Exploring His Childhood Roots, Sting's New Musical The Last Ship Sails to Broadway...

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...

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...

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