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Casting announced for Sting’s new musical, “The Last Ship”
February 14 is not just Valentine’s Day. It also is the day that tickets go on sale for Chicago’s pre-Broadway tryout of “The Last Ship,” the new musical by 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting, Tony Award-winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize-winner Brian Yorkey that will run June 10-July 13 at the Bank of America Theatre.
In addition, casting for the show — which is set to begin performances Sept. 30 at New York’s Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52 St. (with an official opening on Oct. 26) — has just been announced for the musical that will be directed by Joe Mantello (“Wicked!”) and choreographed by Steven Hoggett.
Leading the cast will be the previously named Jim Nail (a singer-songwriter-actor who is a familiar presence on British television who also happens to be a native of Wallsend), along with Michael Esper (who appeared on Broadway in Green Day’s “American Idiot”); Rachel Tucker (an Irish singer-actress who appeared the West End production of “Wicked!” and was a finalist on the BBC’s televised talent series “I’d Do Anything”); Aaron Lazar (who has appeared on Broadway in “Mamma Mia” “Les Miserables” and “The Light in the Piazza”);
Sally Ann Triplett (whose London stage credits include many musicals, with a Broadway debut in the musical “Carrie”); Collin Kelly-Sordelet (who will be making his Broadway debut), and Fred Applegate (who has played in numerous Broadway musicals). Additional casting for the ensemble will be announced at a later date.
The design team includes David Zinn (set and costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lighting), and Brian Ronan (sound).
Inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences, “The Last Ship” marks fabled musician’s debut as a Broadway composer. It is set in the English seafaring town of Wallsend, a close-knit community where life has always revolved around the local shipyard and the proud, hardworking men who construct magnificent vessels. But Gideon Fletcher dreams of a different future and sets out to travel the world, leaving his life and his love behind. When he returns home 14 years later, he finds the shipyard’s future in grave danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else. As the men of Wallsend take their future into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that defines their existence, Gideon realizes he left behind more than he could have ever imagined.
Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Regular tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
To view a video of Sting discussing the origins of The Last Ship, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vCuwE7kg1w
And one final note: “Sting: The Last Ship,” a concert filmed at New York’s Public Theater last fall, will air Feb. 21 on PBS’ “Great Performances.” Check local listings for the time. Filmed on Sting’s birthday, during a run of benefit concerts for The Public Theater, it features Sting joined by 14 musicians, including Jimmy Nail, performing songs from the album and musical. The telecast offers insights into the creative process behind the creation of the musical, with Sting providing a glimpse into the narrative of the play through the songs on his new album.