Bay Area Sting fans were full of glee last night as the 17 Grammy-Award winner arrived at the Golden Gate Theater for the production of “The Last Ship,” the singer’s recent foray into the world of Broadway.
“It’s probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever tackled,” Sting was quoted as saying in the Marin Independent Journal. “And people of experience would say that the most difficult thing is to do an original musical.”
Inspired by Sting’s 1991 album, The Soul Cages, “The Last Ship” tells the story of Gideon who returns home after 17 years at sea, to find that the local shipyard he was born in is being bought out by an evil greedy real estate developer. It’s a tale that you can feel is close to the singer’s heart and one that resonates today with what is taking place in manufacturing towns all across the country.
Picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White (Sting) rallies the workers to take over the shipyard and build one last ship, while along the way singing some impressive numbers from the Tony-nominated original score written by Sting.
Tuesday night, the performances were flawless and his acting sincere and authentic. The local heavy accent was a times off-putting but added to the genuineness of the play. Don’t miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to see this living legend in a new light and a much more intimate venue than we’re used to seeing him in.
‘The Last Ship’ plays the Golden Gate Theater Feb. 20 – Mar. 22, 2020 // 1 Taylor St. San Francisco, CA 94102 // Running Time 2 hrs 30 min includes one intermission
Photos by Matthey Murphy