Now unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months or didn't watch this year's Tony Awards then you know that sixteen-time Grammy Award winner Sting has written a Broadway musical. The Last Ship which is based on the singer's childhood is scheduled to begin previews at the Neil Simon Theatre on September 30 with opening night set for October 26. By the way for those of you who can't wait until then the show is playing in Chicago thru July 13. So for those of you from the Midwest who want to see the show you still have plenty of time. Or you can just wait until September. I mean let's face it. There is nothing like seeing the show on Broadway. Now for those of you like me who know nothing about the show except who wrote it here is a synopsis of The Last Ship from the shows website. Enjoy!
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.
Sounds like just the type of good old fashioned musical comedy that Broadway is famous for right? I'm kidding of course. Now I love Sting. Loved him when he was in the Police. Love all is solo work too. The question is can he write for the stage? I don't know. Let's just hope he fares better than his fellow rock buddies Bono and The Edge. Yes I know Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark ran for over three years. However it did lose all it's money and let's be honest didn't exactly set the world on fire. Oh well. Not every show can be a hit. Let's hope Sting has better luck. Get your tickets to see The Last Ship on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre. Until next tine theatre fans.
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