Why See The Last Ship?
A Musical Several Years in the Making
Following three years of careful research and writing, the brand new musical by music legend, Sting, is set to have its world premier in Chicago this summer. The production will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello and Broadway stars Michael Esper (American Idiot) and Rachel Tucker (We Will Rock You).
Similar in theme to Billy Elliot's raw portrayals of human relationships put under pressure by financial strain, The Last Ship depicts the universal story of survival and love in families and close-knit communities through Sting's haunting music.
What is The Last Ship about?
When they shipyard finally closes in the 1980s, former foreman Jackie White (Jimmy Nail) inspires to his co-workers to take over the shipyard and build one final ship. Meanwhile, prodigal son Gideon (Michael Esper) returns home after his father's death, having left fifteen years prior to avoid following his shipbuilder father's vocation - abandoning his relationship with Meg (Rachel Tucker) whom he left behind. Is he too late to make amends and start their lives together?
Stemming from Sting's own memories of growing up in the North East of England in Wallsend near Newcastle - which also serve as the inspiration for his 1990 album The Soul Cages - The Last Ship tells the emotive and inspiring story of a struggling shipyard and the workers who help construct these titanic triumphs of man's mechanical and creative genius.
Previews from: 10 June 2014
Opening night: 25 June 2014
The Last Ship is suitable for all audiences aged 12 and upwards
Two hours and 30 minutes with one 15-minute intermission
And before you stop reading
Please note that whilst Sting developed the story and composed the songs and score for The Last Ship, he does not perform in the stage production
Cast and Creative
Michael Esper as Gideon Fletcher
Rachel Tucker as Meg Dawson
Jimmy Nail as Jackie White
Aaron Lazar as Arthur Millburn
Sally Ann Triplett as Peggy White
Collin Kelly-Sordelet as Young Gideon/Tom Dawson
Fred Applegate as Father James O'Brien
Directed by Joe Mantello
Music and Lyrics by Sting
Choreography by Steven Hoggett
Book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey
Set and costume design by David Zinn
Lighting design by Christopher Akerlind
Sound design by Brian Ronan
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