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Sting Sails Onto Broadway With New Musical About Seafaring Childhood

Sting appeared on David Leterman last week to sing a Beatles tribute song with Ivy Levan. He draws on his childhood for his new Broadway musical.

Sting appeared on David Leterman last week to sing a Beatles tribute song with Ivy Levan. He draws on his childhood for his new Broadway musical.

Sting’s ship has finally come in… on Broadway, that is. He’s launching a new musical on the Great White Way based on his childhood growing up in a seafaring town in the north of England.

The Last Ship will star Michael Esper (American Idiot, The Lyons) and Rachel Tucker, who appeared in the London production of Wicked.

Also featured in the cast are Jimmy Nail, Aaron Lazar, Sally AnnTriplett, Collin Kelly-Sordelet and Fred Applegate.

The show is slated to go into previews at the Neil Simon Theatre in late September. Opening night is set for Oct. 26.

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The show will iron out wrinkles this coming summer at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre.

“The words are there. The music is there. It’s time to get into the room and make the play,” said Producer Jeffrey Seller. “We look forward to getting to work.”

The central character grows up in a town where shipbuilding is the main industry. He spurns a life in the yards and travels for 14 years.

When he returns the old town isn’t the same, the shipyard is in jeopardy and to make matter worse, his old girlfriend is seeing someone else.

The show has a high-power production team.

Seller has won Tony Awards for hit musicals like Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights. Paywright John Logan of Red and writer Brian Yorkey, of Next to Normal handled script duties.

Sting has no nautical background and the musical doesn’t rise to the level of autobiography. “People ask if it’s autobiographical. The only real answer is I think it’s emotionally autobiographical but it’s not autobiographical,” Sellers told CBS.

His latest album also titled The Last Ship, inspired the show, which will include songs off the album and new songs.

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