Steppenwolf Theatre Company will present an evening with 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting on behalf of his forthcoming musical, The Last Ship, on February 24, 2014 at 7:30pm. For one night only, this benefit event will feature Sting in conversation with musician, BAFTA nominee and The Last Ship cast member, Jimmy Nail. The pair will also perform songs from the new musical, joined by Emmy Award-nominee Rob Mathes on piano.
Funds raised at the event support Steppenwolf’s Artistic Development Fund, a special fund created by the theater to provide enhanced resources for large scale productions initiated by its artists and to mount new plays. A limited number of tickets ($250) go on sale to the public February 5 at 11am through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St) and at 312-335-1650, so get 'em while you can!
With music and lyrics by Sting and book by Tony Award-winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winner Brian Yorkey, The Last Ship is set against the demise of the local shipbuilding industry in Sting and Nail’s hometown in the North East of England, and tells the story of a group of unemployed shipyard workers who are inspired to take back their shipyard and build one last ship—not for their former employer, not for the government, but for their own pride and humanity. Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello and produced by Jeffrey Seller and Kathryn Schenker, The Last Ship is an epic yet intimate tale drawing upon Sting’s own childhood memories.
The Last Ship will have its pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre, June 10 – July 13, 2014, followed by a Broadway debut in the fall of 2014. For more information, visit thelastshipbroadway.com.
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