Sting Preps New Musical in New York

'The Last Ship' loosely based on singer's early life in England

September 2, 2011 8:45 AM ET
Sting performing in Italy.
Sting performing in Italy.
Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images

The Last Ship, a stage musical based on Sting's 1991 album The Soul Cages, has begun casting for a series of readings that will be held in October in Manhattan. The book for the musical has been penned by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Brian Yorkey and will feature up to two dozen new pieces of music written by Sting.

Photos: Hot Rock Offspring: Madonna, Sting, Keith Richards and More Stars' Famous Kids
Details of the plot have not been revealed, but the story is set in Newcastle, England in the Eighties, and a description of the musical's lead character, Gideon, clearly incorporates elements of Sting's biography. In an interview with the New York Times, Yorkey says that the project is still being developed. "It's Sting's first foray into writing for musical theater," he said, "so we wanted to start having him meet actors and hear them sing at the earliest possible point."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

More Song Stories entries »