About The Last Ship
With The Last Ship, sixteen-time Grammy winner Sting joins Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Bono and The Edge on the list of pop songwriter-performers crossing over to the Broadway stage. Based on his 2013 album, the story is set in the English seafaring town of Wallsend where young Gideon Fletcher dreams of traveling the world. He leaves his life and love behind and returns after 14 years to find the town’s shipyard in trouble and his childhood sweetheart engaged to another.
Principal roles will be played by Broadway veterans Michael Esper (The Lyons), Aaron Lazar (Mamma Mia!, A Little Night Music), and Fred Applegate (Sister Act, The Producers), British performers Rachel Tucker (London Wicked), singer-songwriter Jimmy Nail, Sally Anne Triplett (Chess) and Collin Kelly-Sordelet.
The epic yet intimate tale inspired by Sting’s childhood will be directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Assassins, Wicked). The book will be written by Tony winner John Logan (Red, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers) and Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal). Choreography is by Olivier winner and Tony nominee Steven Hoggett (Once).
In a review of a TV concert version of the show, the NY Daily News cheered, “Sting inhabits the hard characters easily, and brings them to life with his jaunty and eloquent verse. It’s the best lyric-writing of his career.”
The run time has not been announced.
Did You Know?
The Last Ship will mark Sting’s debut as a theater composer and lyricist, but he appeared on Broadway as an actor in a revival of The Threepenny Opera in 1989.
Sting has sold nearly 100 million albums in combination with his work with The Police and as a solo artist. In addition, he’s won a Golden Globe and an Emmy and has been nominated for an Oscar three times.
Sting’s legion of fans will want to hear his debut effort as a Broadway songwriter, as will anyone who enjoys a passionate story of wanderlust and homecoming.
Good for kids?
The material is probably too adult for young children, but mature teenagers should be able to handle it.
Neil Simon Theatre Location Information:
250 W 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
A, C, E to 50th St. (Eighth Ave.); 1 to 50th St.; N, Q, R to 49th St.