Fans Get Chance to Meet Sting and Cast of The Last Ship on Stage

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Fans of Sting and his new musical The Last Ship will get the chance to meet the Grammy Award-winning musician and cast members from his new musical in a Dec. 21 cast album signing at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Michael Esper in Sting's <i>The Last Ship</i>
Michael Esper in Sting's The Last Ship Photo by Joan Marcus

Sting, who joined the cast of The Last Ship Dec. 9, will greet fans on stage during a 6 PM signing of the show's original Broadway cast album. He will be joined by his fellow cast members, including Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker, Jimmy Nail, Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet.

From 11 AM-noon on Dec. 21, fans will be able to purchase the cast recording (for $25) in the lobby of the Neil Simon Theatre in order to be eligible to receive a wristband granting access to the signing event that evening. A limited number of wristbands will be distributed – one per person on a first come, first served basis.

The album is produced by Rob Mathes. The Broadway cast album also promises two versions of the song "What Say You, Meg?" One version is performed by cast member Aaron Lazar and a bonus track performed by Sting.

The track listing follows:

1. "Island Of Souls"
2. "All This Time"
3. "August Winds"
4. "Shipyard"
5. "If You Ever See Me Talking To A Sailor"
6. "Dead Man's Boots"
7. "The Last Ship (Part One)"
8. "The Last Ship (Part Two)"
9. "What Say You, Meg?"
10. "We've Got Now t Else"
11. "When We Dance"
12. "The Night The Pugilist Learned How To Dance"
13. "So To Speak"
14. "Show Some Respect"
15. "It's Not The Same Moon"
16. "Underground River"
17. "Ghost Story"
18. "The Last Ship (Finale)"
19. "What Say You, Meg? (performed by Sting)" Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello (Casa Valentina, Wicked), The Last Ship opened on Broadway Oct. 26 after previews that began Sept. 29. The musical arrived on Broadway following a Chicago world-premiere engagement earlier this summer.

Read the reviews for The Last Ship here.

In an effort to boost low ticket sales, Sting stepped into the cast of the production, taking over one of the show's central roles. He will remain with the production through Jan. 24, 2015. The Grammy Award winner stepped into the role of foreman Jackie White, replacing original cast member Jimmy Nail, who has been with the production since it played a pre-Broadway Chicago world premiere last summer.

The new musical has a book by Tony winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey (If/Then, Next to Normal). Choreography is by Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee Steven Hoggett (Rocky, Once).

The principal cast features Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker, Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet.

The Last Ship ensemble includes Eric Anderson, Ethan Applegate, Craig Bennett, Dawn Cantwell, Jeremy Davis, Bradley Dean, Alyssa DiPalma, Colby Foytik, David Michael Garry, Timothy Gulan, Shawna M. Hamic, Rich Hebert, Leah Hocking, Todd A. Horman, Sarah Hunt, Jamie Jackson, Sean Jenness, Drew McVety, Johnny Newcomb, Matthew Stocke, Cullen R. Titmas and Jeremy Woodard.

The Last Ship, according to producers, "is set in the English seaside 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 many years later, he finds the shipyard's future in grave danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else. This love triangle ignites just as the men and women of Wallsend take their future into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that defines their existence. And in the end Gideon comes to understand that he had indeed left behind more than he could have ever imagined."

The production has set and costume design by Tony nominee David Zinn, lighting design by Tony winner Christopher Akerlind and sound design by Tony winner Brian Ronan. Musical direction, orchestrations and arrangements are by Rob Mathes. Casting is by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA.

Producers are Jeffrey Seller, Kathryn Schenker, Kevin McCollum, Sander Jacobs, James L. Nederlander, Roy Furman, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.

Visit Ticketmaster.com. Visit TheLastShipBroadway.com. The Neil Simon Theatre is located at 250 West 52 Street.

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