VIDEO: Sting Chats Upcoming THE LAST SHIP Album
Sting's upcoming full-length album of new music, "The Last Ship" consists of songs that he has written for a new musical of the same name which will head to Broadway in 2014. The album is set to be released on September 24th. Below, the award-winning musician discusses the eclectic group of collaborators on the album, including AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson.
As BWW recently reported, Sting's new stage musical, The Last Ship will be heading to Broadway in 2014 with rehearsals beginning in May of 2014, an out of town run beginning in June, and Broadway previews beginning in October/November.
The musical tells the story of a group of shipyard workers who are inspired by a local Priest to build their own ship once their own ship yard has been shut down. The workers then decide to set sail on a voyage around the world. The story was inspired by Sting's own childhood memories growing up in the Newcastle area before he rose to fame as the frontman of the band The Police. The script was also inspired by the singer's solo album 'The Soul Cages' which was released in 1990 following the death of his father.
A recent reading featured such Broadway veterans as: Michael Esper, Stephanie J. Block, Colin Donnell and Laura Michelle Kelly, Fred Applegate, Bradley Dean, Jack Falahee, Lyle Mackston, Phoebe Strole and more.
Sting has received sixteen Grammy Awards for his work, receiving his first Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1981, and an Oscar nomination for the best song. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Prior to starting his solo career, he was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of the rock band The Police.