It seems as though Sting’s The Last Ship will indeed be making its way to Broadway in the Fall of 2014. The musical staged a successful spring reading April 29 – May 11 (directed by Joe Mantello and led by Louise Pitre) which gave the show’s team what it needed to move forward with the stage project. A source later revealed that “by the end of the second reading, they had all the money they needed for their production in 2014.”
The reading featured Broadway greats such as Fred Applegate, Phoebe Strole, Colin Donnell, Laura Michelle Kelly, and Michael Esper as well as several other stage veterans. A book for the show was done by John Logan and Brian Yorkey. Yorkey was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book and shared a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Original Score with Tom Kitt.
The Last Ship is based upon Sting’s real-life childhood experiences and memories growing up in Newcastle before he reached fame. The show itself covers the story of shipyard workers who are motivated to build their own ship once their shipyard has been closed. Once the ship is built, they decide to embark upon a journey around the world.
Of course Sting is most famously known as the front man, primary songwriter, and bassist for the band The Police. He is incredibly accomplished, having received sixteen Grammy awards for his work and one Oscar nomination for Best Song. In addition, he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriters hall of Fame.
The show is set to feature some of Sting’s musical work which will also be included on his new LP of the same title scheduled for release this fall. Songs include “And Yet” and “Dead Man’s Boots” among others.