Theater fans nears and wide may laud all things The Great White Way, but this year, Broadway is giving Sting fans a new reason to watch. At the June 8th Tony Awards, the former Police frontman will give audiences a sneak peak at his new musical, The Last Ship.
The story chronicles a man’s return home after 14 years to find that his shipyard and lifelong love have forever changed. It marks Sting’s first turn as a composer for the stage. The score, which was released as a full album last September, was also his first solo project since 2003’s Sacred Love.
“I wanted the music to reflect the traditional music of the northeast of England where I grew up as well as tipping my hat to the great music of the theatrical tradition—Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Brecht and Weill,” Sting told The Rolling Stone of the set, which features Becky Unthank, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, and Jimmy Nail. The musical’s Tony Award-winning producer Jeffery Sellers adds that The Last Ship, in its way, is a bit of a memoir.
“It’s emotionally autobiographical but it’s not autobiographical,” Sellers told Rolling Stone. “There's no rock singer in The Last Ship. But I certainly think that Sting is inspired by his youth and he’s working through a lot of emotions that all of us are working with as we get older.”
No word on what song Sting will choose for the Tonys, but his performance adds to a star-studded lineup. Aside from host Hugh Jackman, the 68th annual ceremony will appearances from last year’s host Neil Patrick Harris, Bradley Cooper, Idina Menzel, Of Mice and Men star Chris O’Dowd, and Leighton Meester. As for his show, his Last Ship will dock at New York’s Neil Simon Theatre on October 26th.