"Sting: The Last Ship" Will Air on PBS' "Great Performances" in 2014
By Adam Hetrick
"Sting: The Last Ship," which was recorded during the Grammy Award winner's fall benefit concert engagement at the Public Theater, will air on WNET Thirteen's "Great Performances" series in February 2014.
The evening was filmed on the Grammy winner's birthday, Oct. 2, and features music from his forthcoming Broadway musical The Last Ship. The production will premiere in Chicago in June 2014, prior to a fall Broadway arrival.
Sting also released an album of the same title Sept. 24. The "Great Performances" broadcast will take place at 9 PM on Feb. 21.
According to WNET Thirteen, "Drawing upon his childhood memories growing up in the shipbuilding community of Wallsend in the North East of England, Sting provides a glimpse into the narrative of the play through the songs on the new album, inspired by the story of 'The Last Ship.'"
The concerts feature Kathryn Tickell on violin and Northumbrian pipes, Peter Tickell on violin and mandolin, Julian Sutton on the melodeon and vocalists The Wilson Family. Also featured is actor and singer Jimmy Nail, who will appear in the upcoming stage production, as well as Rob Mathes on acoustic guitar, piano and keyboards and background vocals.
Songs in the concert follow:
The Last Ship
As previously reported, The Last Ship features a score by Sting and a book by Tony Award winners Brian Yorkey and John Logan. Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello (Wicked, Other Desert Cities, The Normal Heart) directs the musical. Click here to read more about The Last Ship.
Here's how the musical is billed: "Life in the English seafaring town of Wallsend has always revolved around the local shipyard, where the hardworking men of this close-knit community construct magnificent vessels with tremendous pride. But Gideon Fletcher dreams of a different future. He sets out to travel the world, leaving his life and his love behind. When Gideon returns home fourteen years later, he finds the shipyard’s future in grave danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else. As the men of Wallsend take their fate into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that has defined their existence, Gideon realizes that he left behind more than he could have ever imagined."
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