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Broadway Fall 2014 at the Neil Simon Theatre
THE LAST SHIP is a new musical with an original score by 16-time Grammy Award® winner Sting. Inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences, this World Premiere production features direction by two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), a book by Tony Award® winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), and choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Once).
THE LAST SHIP is set in the English seafaring town of Wallsend, a close-knit community where life has always revolved around the local shipyard and the hardworking men 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 14 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 future into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that defines their existence, Gideon realizes that he left behind more than he could have ever imagined.
THE LAST SHIP is 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.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Composer, author, actor and activist, Sting is one of the world's most renowned and distinctive artists. Throughout his enduring career, he has earned 16 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe®, an Emmy®, three Oscar® nominations, and has sold close to 100 milllion albums from his combined work with the Police and as a solo artist. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, has appeared in more than 15 films and authored two books, including The New York Times best-selling memoir, “Broken Music.” His fourteenth solo album, entitled THE LAST SHIP, is inspired by the story of his forthcoming play of the same name and draws upon his memories of the shipbuilding community of Wallsend in the North East of England, where he was born and raised. PBS “Great Performances” will premiere STING: THE LAST SHIP on February 21, featuring Sting performing songs from both the album and play captured live at The Public Theater in New York City. Next month, Sting and Paul Simon will embark on a North American tour, playing on stage together throughout each concert, in addition to solo performances with their respective bands. For further information, please visit: sting.com
John Logan received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League awards for his play Red , directed by Michael Grandage. This play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. Since then, Red has had more than 200 productions across the US and has been presented in over 30 countries. He is also the author of more than a dozen other plays, including Never The Sinner and Hauptmann . In 2013, his new play Peter and Alice premiered in London and I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers opened on Broadway. As a screenwriter, Logan has been three times nominated for the Oscar and has received a Golden Globe, BAFTA and WGA award. His film work includes Skyfall , Hugo , The Aviator , Gladiator , Rango , Coriolanus , Sweeney Todd , The Last Samurai , Any Given Sunday , and RKO 281 . He is currently writing the next James Bond film and is in production for “Penny Dreadful,” a drama series he created and is producing for Showtime.
Brian Yorkey received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the 2009 Tony Award for Best Score, for Next to Normal . Brian was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Next to Normal , and his work on the show earned him the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Score. Brian is currently at work on If/Then, a new musical with Next to Normal composer Tom Kitt, director Michael Greif, and producer David Stone, which will open at the National Theatre in Washington, DC, in November 2013, in advance of an opening at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in March 2014. He is also working with Tom Kitt on a stage musical adaptation of Tom McCarthy’s acclaimed film The Visitor . Brian and Tom are also writing songs for the stage adaptation of the much-loved movie Magic Mike and for Diablo Cody’s feature film adaptation of the Sweet Valley High books. Brian’s musical film Time After Time is in pre-production at Lionsgate/Summit. Film projects in active development include Score! for Team Downey and Warner Bros., Love Undercover for Pandemonium Films, and Chase for Anonymous Content and Rosenzweig Films. Brian’s other theatre credits include Making Tracks , which has played off-Broadway and regionally, the musical adaptation of Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet and the country musical Play It By Heart . Brian has directed off-Broadway and regionally and for seven years was associate artistic director at Village Theatre in Washington state, one of the nation’s leading producers of new musicals. He’s a graduate of Columbia University, where he was artistic director of the Varsity Show, an alum of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the WGA.
Broadway: Once (also West End Obie Award, Lortel Award, Calloway Award), The Glass Menagerie (also A.R.T.), Green Day’s American Idiot , Peter and the Starcatcher (Lortel Award). West End: The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time (also National Theatre). Rocky The Musical (Stage Entertainment, Hamburg), Rigoletto (Metropolitan Opera), The Full Monty (Sheffield Theatres), Dr Dee (Manchester International Festival / ENO), The Light Princess , Dido Queen Of Carthage, The Hothouse a nd Market Boy (National Theatre), Let The Right One In, Black Watch (Olivier Award, Best Choreographer), The Bacchae, 365, The Wolves in the Walls (National Theatre of Scotland). As founding Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, his director/choreographer credits include Little Dogs (with National Theatre Wales), Lovesong, Beautiful Burnout, Othello, Stockholm, Pool (No Water) and Dirty Wonderland . With Scott Graham, Steven co-wrote The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre (Routledge).
Directing credits include I’ll Eat You Last, The Other Place , Dogfight , Other Desert Cities , The Pride , Pal Joey , 9 to 5 , November , The Receptionist , The Ritz , Blackbird , Three Days of Rain , The Odd Couple , Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nomination), Laugh Whore , Assassins (Tony Award), Wicked , Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune , A Man of No Importance , Design for Living , Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera, The Vagina Monologues , Bash , Another American: Asking and Telling , Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nomination), Proposals , The Mineola Twins and Corpus Christi. As an actor: The Normal Heart (Tony nomination), Angels in America (Tony nomination) and The Baltimore Waltz . He is the recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway Awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company.