Sting will give a preview of his forthcoming Broadway musical ‘The Last Ship’ at the 2014 Tony Awards on June 8, two days before the show premieres in Chicago. It’s the long-planned stage version of his solo album of the same name, his first for more than a decade, which was released last September.
The musical version of ‘The Last Ship’ has a team including director Joe Mantello, writers John Logan and Brian Yorkey, choreographer Steven Hoggett and producers Jeffrey Seller and Kathryn Schenker. After the Tonys preview, the show opens on June 10 for a four-week run at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago. Broadway previews will start on September 29 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The cast and creative team gathered for the first time in Chicago on Tuesday (27th) to begin work.
The show, like the album, is inspired by Sting‘s memories of his upbringing in the shipbuilding town of Wallsend. Co-writer Logan brings his own experience to the production, his father having worked in the Harland & Wolff shipyards in Belfast. As Sting’s website (www.sting.com) describes it, the musical will “create a group of distressed and determined cast of characters in a small shipyard town.”