10.05.13 Sting to appear on NBC's The Michael J Fox Show...


Sting is to shoot a guest spot on NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show, appearing as himself in a holiday themed episode which will air later this year.
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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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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...
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..."
If you weren't sure whether Sting was a serious composer and artist, "The Last Ship" sort of seals the deal. Yes, there was the Police, and a long solo career with lots of hits. There was an album of lute music, and traditional Christmas songs. But now Sting tackles Broadway. "The Last Ship" was presented last May in a one time only workshop for potential Broadway backers. And now Sting himself, with his own village of musicians and some unusual guest stars, is performing the songs at the Public Theater to raise money for Shakespeare in the Park...