Photo: Frank OckenfelsThe Last Ship, Sting‘s first attempt at a musical, will hit Broadway on October 26, but you can get a preview Friday night when he appears in a special edition of the PBS series Great Performances that features him performing the songs at an intimate New York club. The program premieres at 9 p.m. ET on select stations; check your local listings.
Sting taped the concert on October 2, 2013, his 62nd birthday, at the Public Theater in New York City. Speaking to reporters about the PBS special not long ago, the former Police frontman explained that he wanted to perform the Last Ship songs on stage himself because he wasn’t quite ready emotionally to turn them over to the cast of the musical.
“I imagine that I’m going to have a kind of postpartum depression, handing these songs completely over to actors, which is why it was important for me to sing these songs in the show,” he said. “So, I basically played all the characters, apart from one or two and, you know, claimed ownership of them. So now I can happily …read more