Sting presented a reading of his stage musical, The Last Ship on February 3 and 4 at the Live Theatre in Newcastle, according to The Journal Live. Featuring lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) and directed by Rob Mathes, the reading featured Jimmy Nail, Val McLane and Declan Bennett (American Idiot, Rent). The Last Ship received a previously reported reading in New York last October.
“It’s kind of nerve-wracking and a huge risk to come to Newcastle and present something very unfinished and raw, and hope people will understand the process and feel they can invest in it emotionally,” said Sting. Broadway heavy hitters in attendance at the reading included producer Jeffrey Seller and Tony-winning director Joe Mantello.
The musical, about shipyard workers who build their own ship and sail around the world, will receive another reading in New York in April. The Last Ship tells the story of shipyard foreman Jackie (Nail), his sister Agnes (McLane) and Gideon (Bennet), who must deal with family troubles as the shipyard that employs them prepares to close. The musical was inspired by Sting’s childhood experiences growing up in Newcastle.
According to Sting, the musical is yet to be finished, but any premiere would most likely take place in New York.