Saint Paul, Minnesota (September 9, 2019) — Sting appeared at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts last night for a preview of his acclaimed musical The Last Ship, performing songs from the musical for a select audience. The musical is part of 2019-2020 Broadway at the Ordway and will make its regional premiere at the Ordway in Saint Paul for two weeks, April 8–19, 2020, as part of an international tour. Sting will 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. Sting starring in The Last Ship

Tickets for the Ordway run of The Last Ship, starring and featuring original music and lyrics by multiple Grammy Award-winner Sting, are on sale for season subscribers to 2019-2020 Broadway at the Ordway, Pick-Your-Own subscribers (defined as three or more performances from the entire Ordway line-up of musicals, concerts, and dance performances), and groups (those purchasing 10 or more tickets).

On sale dates are as follows:
  • On sale now for 2019-2020 Broadway at the Ordway season subscribers, Groups of 10+, and Pick-Your-Own (3+ shows) subscribers

  • On sale October 15 for Ordway donors

  • On sale October 28 for single ticket buyers

To access the presale or learn how to become a subscriber or donor, visit the Ordway’s subscription page, or call the box office at 651.224.4222 between 10:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

“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,” said Rod Kaats, the Ordway’s Producing Artistic Director.

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. The Last Ship performs April 8–19 in the Ordway Music Theater. Tickets are available as part of a subscription package online or by phone at 651.224.4222.

September 9, 2019