“The Last Ship,” the new musical featuring an original score by 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting, has booked Broadway passage to the Neil Simon Theatre, where it will begin performances Sept. 30 with an opening night set for Oct. 26.
The high-profile project comes with a superstar team behind it. Tony winner Joe Mantello (“Wicked,” “Assassins”) will direct, with a book by John Logan (“Red”) and Brian Yorkey (“Next to Normal”). Steven Hoggett (“Once”) will choreograph. Michael Esper (“American Idiot,” “The Lyons”) will lead a cast that includes Jimmy Nail and Rachel Tucker, an Irish singer and actress, among others.
“The Last Ship” tells the story of a man from a seafaring town who returns home and finds himself struggling with the changes that have occurred during his 14-year absence. The story was inspired by Sting’s memories of growing up in a shipbuilding community in northeast England.
Many of the songs featured in “The Last Ship” were released by Sting this past September in an album of the same name. Those interested in hearing said songs -- and getting a first-look at the narrative of the new musical -- can tune into PBS’ “Great Performances” for “Sting: The Last Ship” on Feb. 21. The intimate concert and storytelling event, filmed last October at the Public Theater, features Sting and Nail performing alongside a 14-piece band.
Before its Broadway run, “The Last Ship” will premiere at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre this summer.