The Last Ship starring Sting at the Ordway
The Last Ship will make its regional premiere at the Ordway April 8–19, 2020 as part of an international tour
SAINT PAUL, Minn. (June 22, 2019) — Sting’s acclaimed musical, The Last Ship, starring and featuring original music and lyrics by multiple Grammy Award-winner Sting, will make its regional premiere at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul for 2 weeks, April 8–19, 2020, as part of an international Tour. The Last Ship will also have engagements in Los Angeles at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre; San Francisco at SHN’s Golden Gate Theatre; Washington D.C. at the National Theatre; and Detroit, Michigan at the Detroit Opera House.
Stingwill star as shipyard foreman Jackie White, and will perform the role at every performance. Additional cities and tour casting will be announced at a later date.
2019-2020 Broadway at the Ordway subscribers will be able to add THE LAST SHIP to their subscription during the presale beginning July 22. To access the exclusive subscriber presale or learn how to become a subscriber, visit ordway.org, or call the box office at 651.224.4222 between 10am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.
Patrons who purchase tickets from the Ordway for 42nd Street, which opens July 23, will have an opportunity to purchase tickets to The Last Ship during the presale for a limited time. Presale details can be found on ordway.org.
Remaining single tickets will go on sale this fall. Ticket prices start at $75, including fees.
“We are thrilled to host Sting and The Last Ship on our stage as part of 2019-2020 Broadway at the Ordway. Seeing Sting perform in a semi-autobiographical musical at the intimate Ordway theater will be a once in a lifetime experience,” noted the Ordway’s Producing Artistic Director Rod Kaats.
The Last Ship, inspired by Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages and his own childhood experiences, tells the story of a community amid the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Tyne and Wear, with the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard.
When a sailor named Gideon Fletcher returns home after seventeen years at sea, tensions between past and future flare in both his family and his town. The local shipyard, around which the community has always revolved, is closing, and no one knows what will come next—only that a half-built ship towers over the terraces. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White (Sting) and his wife Peggy fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm.
This personal, political and passionate musical from multiple Grammy Award-winner Sting is an epic account of a family, a community and a great act of defiance. The Last Ship features an original score with music and lyrics by Sting as well as a few of his best-loved songs: “Island of Souls,” “All This Time,” and “When We Dance.” It is the proud story of when the last ship sails.
The musical is directed by Lorne Campbell, the artistic director of Northern Stage, and has set design by the Tony Award-winning 59 Productions, the team behind the video design for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The Last Ship has a new book by Lorne Campbell, original book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, orchestrations by Rob Mathes, musical direction by Richard John, costume design by Molly Einchcomb, movement direction by Lucy Hind, lighting design by Matt Daw, and sound design by Seb Frost. Other members of the creative team include dramaturg and associate director Selma Dimitrijevic, casting director Beth Eden, and associate musical director (U.K.) Sam Sommerfeld.
The Last Ship is produced by Karl Sydow.