WHAT HAVE WE GOT?!!! It has just been announced that Sting's cult hit musical The Last Ship will be embarking on an International Tour beginning in 2020 with the acclaimed singer-songwriter himself reprising his performance as ship foreman "Jackie White" doing at every single performance.
Under the direction and a newly updated book by Lorne Campbell, the new tour of THE LAST SHIP will hit North America this January in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre before traveling to San Francisco, Washington D.C., St. Paul, and Detroit. More cities will be announced soon.
For those who may not know, THE LAST SHIP is an original musical inspired by Sting's personal childhood and the shipbuilding industry in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear. It centers on a community facing the demise of the shipbuilding industry alongside a poignant and moving romantic tale of childhood sweethearts and the adults they grew up to become. With an original score by Sting and an original book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, it features songs including the title song, ALL THIS TIME, WE'VE GOT NOW'T ELSE, and SHOW SOME RESPECT.
The show was first conceived by Sting around 2009-2010 as he was creating an original show inspired by his personal childhood. The show had its first industrial reading in 2011 in New York City before heading overseas to Newcastle for a 2nd reading and a full development lab in 2013. It had its official world premiere out of town tryout in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre in the early summer of 2014.
THE LAST SHIP officially made its Broadway debut in the Fall of 2014 playing the Neil Simon Theatre for only 29 previews and 105 regular performances. The show received negative reviews and failed to fill in the seats. Under the original direction of Tony winner Joe Mantello and original choreography by Steven Hoggett, the cast starred….
Following its short-lived time on Broadway, THE LAST SHIP began a 2nd chance life on the stage including productions in Salt Lake City, Utah, Turku, Finland, Toronto, and a UK/Ireland Tour.
Who is excited?
As BroadwayWorld first reported last week, Sting's acclaimed musical, THE LAST SHIP, starring and featuring original music and lyrics by multiple Grammy Award-winner Sting, will add three new cities as part of its international tour. After premiering in Los Angeles at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson…
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