Critally Hailed THE LAST SHIP Enters Final Two Weeks Before Sailing To Broadway
The Pre-Broadway World Premiere of THE LAST SHIP, the new musical with music and lyrics by 16-time Grammy Award® winner Sting, and book by Tony winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize-winner Brian Yorkey, enters its final two weeks at the Bank of America Theatre (18 West Monroe).
Critics have raved about THE LAST SHIP in Chicago:
“A true masterwork. A monumental achievement.” – Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
“Beautiful. With this heartfelt tribute to the men of the lost shipbuilding industry, Sting proves that his formidable songwriting skills can translate to the Broadway stage.” – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“Inspiring. Deeply moving – absolutely superb. The Last Ship is truly a must-see.” – Bill Zwecker, FOX TV
“Sting takes us on a spectacular voyage of music, humor and passion.” – Janet Davies, ABC 7 Chicago
“The Last Ship wraps its emotional arms around you from the first note and never let’s go. An inventive, emotional and gripping production.” Roy Leonard, Chicago Now
THE LAST SHIP is directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello and has choreography by Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee Steven Hoggett. THE LAST SHIP will begin previews on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 W. 52 St.) on September 29 prior to opening night on October 26, 2014.
Inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences, THE LAST SHIP marks the renowned musician’s Broadway debut as a composer. Principal roles in the cast of THE LAST SHIP are played by Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker, Jimmy Nail, Fred Applegate Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett, and Collin Kelly-Sordelet.
THE LAST SHIP is set in the English seafaring town of Wallsend, a close-knit community where life has always revolved around the local shipyard and the hardworking men construct magnificent vessels with tremendous pride. But Gideon Fletcher dreams of a different future. He sets out to travel the world, leaving his life and his love behind. When Gideon 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 that he left behind more than he could have ever imagined.
THE LAST SHIP is a portrait of a community so bound together by passion, faith and tradition; they’ll stop at nothing to preserve the only life they’ve ever known.
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (Additional 2 p.m. performance 7/2 and 7/9)
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (No 7:30 p.m. performance 7/6 and 7/13)
Tickets for THE LAST SHIP are on-sale now. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. 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.