Sting: How I started writing songs again...

May 30, 2014

Sting's early life was dominated by a shipyard - and he dreamed of nothing more than escaping the industrial drudgery. But after a nasty bout of writer's block that stretched on for years, Sting found himself channeling the stories of the shipyard workers he knew in his youth for song material. In a lyrical, confessional talk, Sting treats us to songs from his upcoming musical, and to an encore of "Message in a Bottle."



May 29, 2014

The Last Ship, 16-time Grammy winner Sting's first foray into theater, is no jukebox musical. The project, billed as "a portrait of a community so bound together by passion, faith and tradition, they'll stop at nothing to preserve the only life they've ever known," is an original construct, composed specifically for the stage, with narrative strings tied to the acclaimed singer's childhood - and like many world premieres before it, will debut in Chicago prior to setting sail for New York. Directed by Joe Mantello with a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, The Last Ship will play a 4-week tryout at the Bank of America Theatre, beginning June 10 and continuing through July 13. With tech now underway, the cast and creative team gathered at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on May 27 as the musical, an intimate behemoth steeped in English tones and prickling music, rises from the tide with Broadway in its sights...

May 29, 2014

The Tony Awards have announced the line-up of performances for the 68th Annual Tony Awards. The 2014 Tony Awards will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on CBS, on Sunday, June 8th 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay) and are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. Sting will perform a song from his upcoming musical, The Last Ship. The entertainment packed evening will also feature performances by 2014 Tony Nominee Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; 2014 Tony nominee Sutton Foster with the cast of Violet; Alan Cumming reprising his Tony Award winning role in a performance from the revival of Cabaret and 2014 Tony Nominee Idina Menzel performing from the new musical If/Then...