The Last Ship
- By Debbie Emery
- Photos By Cylla von Tiedemann
As both a founding member of The Police and a successful solo artist, Sting voiced the soundtrack of my childhood and teenage years. The multiple Grammy winner is now telling a story inspired by his own life growing up in an industrial town in Northern England in The Last Ship, which opens at the Ahmanson Theatre on January 14.
Sting’s first-ever musical tells the story of Gideon, a prodigal son returning home after 17 years at sea to find that the local shipyard his town was built around is closing and Meg, the love he left behind, has moved on. Tensions flare and picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White (Sting) rallies the workers to take over the shipyard and build one last ship in the face of the gathering storm.
The singer, whose real name is Gordon Sumner, performs original music and lyrics, along with his iconic hits such as Island of Souls, All This Time, and When We Dance. While Sting is best known for his immense musical talents, he is also a gifted actor and his movie credits include The Bride and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Having premiered in Chicago in 2014, The Last Ship is based on a book written by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, and directed by Lorne Campbell.
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