Singer-songwriter Sting’s new musical The Last Ship will sail onto a Broadway stage after a stop in Chicago.
Producers said Thursday that the show – inspired by Sting’s memories of growing up in a shipbuilding community in northeast England – will appear on Broadway in the fall of 2014 once it makes its world premiere next summer at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre.
The musical has a story by Red playwright John Logan and Next to Normal writer Brian Yorkey. It will be directed by Joe Mantello, who helmed Wicked and have choreography by Steven Hoggett, who did the same for Once.
Dates, venue and cast have not been released.
The move comes amid a surge in singer-songwriters from the world of pop and rock aiming for theater stages. Sting is joining a list that includes Cyndi Lauper, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Edie Brickell, David Byrne, Fatboy Slim, Burt Bacharach, and Elvis Costello.
The Last Ship musical will come on the heels of Sting’s wife making her off-Broadway debut. Actress and producer Trudie Styler will star as the fading actress Irina Arkadina in an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull at the Culture Project.
Sting, a 16-time Grammy winner and former lead singer of The Police who was born in Newcastle, is releasing a new CD on Tuesday also called The Last Ship, inspired by the forthcoming musical.
The story centers on a man from the seafaring town of Wallsend who travels the world for 14 years only to return to find the shipyard’s future in grave danger and his sweetheart engaged to someone else.