Pioneer Theatre Company presents the regional premiere of The Last Ship, the semi-autobiographical lyrical musical by Sting, September 16-October 1 at the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre in Salt Lake City.
Sting wrote the music and lyrics for The Last Ship, with a book written by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writers John Logan and Brian Yorkey.
The Last Ship, according to PTC, “is the story of Gideon Fletcher. Gideon is a young man who upon the death of his father returns to the small ship-building town he left years before. The musical tells of his efforts to come to terms with his past while grappling with the man he has become. Drawing on his own childhood memories, Sting has fashioned this moving musical about the town in northern England in which he grew up.”
PTC artistic director Karen Azenberg directs and choreographs a cast that includes Bryant Martin and Ruthie Stephens in the respective roles of Gideon Fletcher and Meg Dawson with Dan Sharkey as Jackie White, Anne Tolpegin as Peggy, John Jellison as Father O'Brien, Paul Castree as Arthur, James Crichton as Tom, Bailee Johnson as Young Meg and Seth Pike as Young Gideon.
The ensemble includes Zachary Berger, Mary Fanning Driggs, Lenny Daniel, Jaymes Hodges Paul-Jordan Jansen, William Mulligan, Kilty Reidy, Bailey Cummings, Richie Call, Tamari Dunbar, Natalia Noble, Jamie Landrum, Arielle Schmidt and Cory Reed Stephens.
Other members of the creative team include Helen Gregory (musical director and conductor), James Noone (scenic designer), Gregory Gale (costumer designer), Michael Gilliam (lighting designer), Joshua C. Hight (sound designer), Amanda French (hair and makeup designer), Alexandra Harbold (dramaturge), Sarah Shippobotham (dialect coach) and Mary P. Costello (production stage manager).
For more information and tickets, visit PioneerTheatre.org.
(Updated September 15, 2016)