The upcoming new musical The Last Ship is all set to stage in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre. The musical, based on the life events of celebrated Grammy Award winning musician Sting, has already generated a buzz around the music as well as theater community in North America. The show takes inspiration from Sting’s 1991 album ‘The Soul Cages’. After its Chicago premiere, it will be presented on the Broadway stage in the fall of 2014. The musical has also spawned an eponymous studio album that was released in September 2013.
The musical is directed by Joe Mantello, famed director of ‘Wicked’. The show is based on the story by writer Brian Yorkey and John Logan. The choreography of the show is helmed by Steven Hoggett. The show takes its inspiration from Sting’s memories of growing up in North East England’s shipbuilding community. It revolves around a man who travels the world for fourteen years and returns to his seafaring town of Wallsend only to find the shipyard’s future in serious jeopardy. He also has to face the heart wrenching news of his love interest’s engagement with another man.
Winner of sixteen Grammy Awards, Sting has enthralled millions around the globe with his chart breaking singles and platinum certified albums. First shot to fame as the lead singer of the celebrated band the Police, Sting ventured into a successful solo career that has resulted in eleven studio albums, three compilations and four live albums. The artist acquired universal acclaim and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work.
Sting began his solo musical journey with the release of his debut studio album ‘The Dream of the Blue Turtles’ in 1985 that made it to number two on the US Billboard 200 chart and was a Top 10 hit in Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, France, UK and Australia. It was certified three times platinum status in the US and two times platinum in UK. Since then, Sting has released nine Platinum or higher albums and three Gold albums.
Once Chicago’s tallest building, the Bank of America Theatre was initially opened as a vaudeville theatre in 1906, named the Majestic Theatre. After the Great Depression, it was reopened as the Sam Shubert Theatre, following the purchase by the Shubert Organization. In 1991, it was sold to the Nederlander Organization and has since then gone through several renovations. The theatre was renamed as Bank of America Theatre in 2008 and now continues to present touring Broadway productions.
The well equipped modern facility allows the audience to enjoy their favorite shows with complete ease and comfort. The venue will be the perfect choice to stage the world premiere of the highly sought after musical, The Last Ship. All theatre lovers will be in search of The Last Ship tickets this season. So make sure to reserve your seat at the Chicago’s finest theatre and witness a riveting new musical show.