Sting Will Release New Album This Fall Based on The Last Ship Musical
By Adam Hetrick
Grammy Award-winning musician Sting will release a new album this September inspired by his new stage musical The Last Ship, according to the New York Times.
The album, which shares a title with the musical, will be released Sept. 24 by Cherrytree, Interscope and A&M Records. The Times reports that the album will include songs featured in The Last Ship as well as material cut from the show.
Songs revealed for the album include the title song, billed as a "waltz-time folk tune, heavy with Christian imagery"; as well as "And Yet," described as "a jazzy funk number"; and "Dead Man's Boots."
Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello (Other Desert Cities, The Normal Heart), who staged a previous U.K. reading of the rock musical in early 2012, also staged a two-week New York City reading of The Last Ship earlier this spring.
The Last Ship is aiming for a 2014 Broadway arrival. The musical has music and lyrics by Sting with a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then) and Tony winner John Logan (Red, I'll Eat You Last).
The musical is being produced by Tony Award winner Jeffrey Seller (Rent, In the Heights) and Sting's longtime manager, Kathryn Schenker.
The Last Ship incorporates biographical elements from Sting's life and uses his boyhood home, Newcastle, England, for its locale. It features an original score with a few pre-existing songs from Sting's catalogue, which are given new context in the narrative.
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